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Baseball team blasts Emerson, Lasell

C. Burke

Murphy

N. Burke

Alfiero

Webb

McGregor

Chiampa

Simon

Heide

Gatzogiannis

Velotta

Linscott

WALTHAM, Mass. -- The Bates College baseball team scored two big non-conference wins on Monday, defeating Emerson College 27-2 in Malden, Mass., in the afternoon before traveling to Brandeis University and defeating Lasell College 16-2 in a game halted in the eighth inning when the stadium lights went out.

Game 1 Recap: Bates 27, Emerson 2

The Bobcats totaled 28 hits, including three home runs and 11 doubles, to romp past Emerson at Malden Catholic High School on Monday evening.

Junior Chris Burke (North Andover, Mass.) hit his second homer of the season, while junior Pat Murphy (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and first-year Chris Alfiero (Polson, Mont.) both hit their first collegiate round-trippers. Murphy drove in five runs in a 2-for-4 game at the plate.

Junior Noah Burke (Appleton, Maine) was one of four Bobcats to hit two doubles in the game. Burke was 3-for-5 wiht three runs scored and five RBIs. Junior Gordy Webb (Hampden, Maine) also had two doubles in a 4-for-6 day with four runs scored and three runs driven in. Also hitting a pair of doubles were first-year Kevin McGregor (Randoph, N.J.), who was 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs, and junior Jake Simon (Waterford, Conn.), who was 3-for-4 and scored four runs.

Bates led by a modest 3-1 score after three innings, before busting out for seven runs in the fourth and adding 14 more runs in the fifth.

Junior Paul Chiampa (Pembroke, Mass.) earned the win to move to 3-2, allowing only one run on two hits and one walk while striking out five in a five-inning stint.

Game 2 Recap: Bates 16, Lasell 2

A non-conference showdown between Bates and the hosting Lasell College Lasers resulted in the Bobcats dominating, 16-2, through eight innings of regional baseball action, on a cold Monday night at Brandeis University. 

Junior hurler Ryan Heide (Medfield, Mass.) secured the win on the mound, working through six innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs while striking out five batters, to raise his record to a sparkling 5-1. Sophomore Demitrios Gatzogiannis (Wells, Maine) relieved Heide in the seventh, striking out three of four batters faced in one inning for Bates. Gatzogiannis pitched a total of two shutout innings of relief on the day, with six strikeouts.

Five Bobcats had a multi-hit game, including junior Rich Velotta (Fairfield, Conn.), who went 3-for-4, knocking three doubles, with two runs and two RBIs. Murphy posted two hits in four times at the plate, adding two runs and two RBI, along with three stolen bases. 

For Lasell, Conor Cavanagh went 2-for-3 with one double and Junior Veiga smacked a homer over the left field fence in the third inning.

Lasell welcomed a 1-0 lead when Josh Sullivan tripled to start the bottom of the second inning with a shot into right field. Carlton Lentini brought Sullivan home on a sac fly down the right field line.

Bates burst to an 8-1 advantage in the top of the third inning, scoring eight runs on six hits. The Bobcats started the rally as Murphy came home on a two-bagger by junior Noah Lynd (Meriden, N.H.). Lynd then scored on a passed ball, giving the Bobcats their first lead of the game.  The visitors cushioned their advantage when senior Josh Linscott (Portland, Maine) pushed three runs across home plate with a bases-clearing double into left center field. Velotta followed with a double to score Linscott, followed by a sharply hit single by Murphy that sent Velotta around the bags for a 7-1 Bates edge. Murphy advanced to scoring position by stealing both second and third and then scored the final run of the inning when senior Tom Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) slapped a single through the left side.

Veiga's homer in the bottom of the third brought the score to 8-2.

Bates added to their edge with three runs in the fourth. Jake Simon walked and Lynd doubled before arriving home on a single by Noah Burke, which dropped into shallow center field. Linscott's sacrifice fly scored Noah Burke for an 11-2 advantage.

Chris Burke turned a double into a run in the fifth and then the Bobcats added four more runs in the sixth for a commanding 15-2 lead. McGregor hit a pinch single into center field, scoring Beaton in the process, as the Bobcats' scoring reached its pinnacle.

On the day, Bates batted .483 as a team (42-for-87) with a .793 slugging percentage, while holding the opposition to a .208 batting average (10-for-48). Velotta and Chris Burke were both credited with five hits on the day; Noah Burke and Murphy recorded seven RBIs apiece, while Linscott added six RBIs.

Bates plays at Division I Maine on Tuesday in Orono. Find the link for a live webcast of the game at this link.

BOX SCORE: Bates 27, Emerson 2

BOX SCORE: Bates 16, Lasell 2