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Baseball splits pair of one-run games in Myrtle Beach

Beaton

C. Burke

Heide

Murphy

N. Burke

Chiampa

Webb

Lynd

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The Bates College baseball team split a pair of games Saturday at the Cal Ripken Experience, defeating Richard Stockton College 3-1 before falling 9-8 to No. 8 nationally ranked Shenandoah University. The Bobcats wrapped up their season-opening trip to South Carolina with a 3-1 record.

Bates senior Tom Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) singled home first-year Kevin McGregor (Randolph, N.J.) on a fielder's choice to put the Bobcats on top of Richard Stockton 1-0 in the third inning.

The Ospreys tied it up at 1-1 in the top of the sixth on a sacrifice fly, but Beaton led off the bottom of the sixth with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a single by junior Rich Velotta (Fairfield, Conn.). Junior Chris Burke (Andover, Mass.) drove Beaton home with an RBI single, and junior Jake Simon (Waterford, Conn.) followed with a one-out RBI single for a 3-1 edge.

Junior righthander Ryan Heide (Weston, Mass.) picked up the win, throwing six innings and allowing one run on four hits and one walk, while striking out two. Junior Pat Murphy (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) shut out the Ospreys (1-1) over the final 2 2/3 innings to pick up the save, allowing two hits and striking out one.

No. 8 Shenandoah outlasted Bates 9-8 in the nightcap. Beaton and junior Noah Burke (Appleton, Maine) had RBIs in the second to put the Bobcats on top 2-0, but the Hornets (1-1) evened the game at 2-2 in the third on a two-run home run by Kevin Brashears off of Bates junior righthander Paul Chiampa (Pembroke, Mass.).

Bates went ahead again in the top of the sixth with four runs, on the strength of a two-run single by Chris Burke, an RBI single by junior Gordy Webb (Hampden, Maine) and an RBI groundout by junior Noah Lynd (Meriden, N.H.). But the Hornets again tied the game up with four in the bottom of the inning, despite getting no base hits in the inning. Instead the Hornets took advantage of seven walks and three wild pitches in the inning.

Shenandoah added a run in the seventh and two more in the eighth to go up 9-6. Bates rallied in the bottom of the ninth for two runs, but Shenandoah got out of further damage with a bases-loaded strikeout for the final out of the game. Noah Burke's bases-loaded single closed the gap to 9-7, and Chris Burke later reached on an error that scored first-year Michael Spinosa (Charlottesville, Va.) to make it 9-8.

Chiampa, making his second start of the young season, allowed two runs over five innings for the Bobcats, striking out four. Noah Burke and Chris Burke each had two hits and two RBIs in the game; Lynd and Murphy also had two hits apiece.

Bates' next game is at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., on March 18.

BOX SCORE: Bates 3, Richard Stockton 1

BOX SCORE: Shenandoah 9, Bates 8