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Five Bobcats named to All-NESCAC baseball team

Noah Lynd '11

Tom Beaton '10

Chris Burke '11

Ryan Heide '11

Jake Simon '11

HADLEY, Mass. -- A team-record five players from the Bates College baseball team were named to the 2010 NESCAC Baseball All-Conference Team, announced Thursday by the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

Slugging first baseman and pitcher Noah Lynd (Meriden, N.H.) was named First Team All-NESCAC, while senior shortstop Tom Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.), junior outfielder Chris Burke (North Andover, Mass.), junior pitcher Ryan Heide (Medfield, Mass.) and junior catcher/DH Jacob Simon (Waterford, Conn.) all made Second Team All-NESCAC. Prior to this season, the team had placed a total of 11 players on All-NESCAC baseball teams since 1999.

The recognition comes after Bates went 25-11 and set a plethora of team records while going seven victories beyond the program’s previous best.

Among the many outstanding seasons produced by Bates players this season, Lynd stood out, becoming the first Bobcat ever to reach double digits in home runs by blasting a conference-best 15 round-trippers on the year, to go with a .398 batting average, 44 RBIs and a .912 slugging percentage. Lynd set team single-season records in homers, RBIs, slugging, total bases and extra-base hits, all after posting a mere one home run and six RBIs as a sophomore in 2009. Lynd reached base at an outstanding .517 clip. He also proved to be a valuable contributor to the Bates pitching staff, going 2-0 with a 3.50 earned run average in five appearances, including four starts.

For Beaton, it is the second All-NESCAC honor of the year, after being named to the All-NESCAC Football Team as a wide receiver. Beaton started all 36 games at shortstop for Bates and posted an outstanding year, hitting .380 with 39 runs, 22 RBIs and 21 stolen bases. Beaton set the team record for hits with 57, and became the team’s all-time stolen bases leader with 44. He also had an outstanding year defensively, committing only four errors for a .975 fielding percentage.

Burke is Bates’ lone repeater on the All-NESCAC baseball team, having also been placed on the Second Team in 2009 after a breakout season. Burke submitted even better numbers in 2010, batting .385 with four homers, 38 RBIs, 39 runs scored, 55 hits and a .559 slugging percentage. Burke also stole 11 bases on 11 attempts.

Heide becomes Bates’ first All-NESCAC pitcher since Mike Kinsman in 2005. The junior righthander won a team-record eight games and led the conference in that category, going 8-1 with a 4.09 earned-run average. Over 61.2 innings, Heide gave up only 14 walks and struck out 48 batters. Unfortunately for Bates, this was Heide’s final season as a Bobcat: he will attend Columbia University for the next two years in a 3-2 engineering program.

Simon posted one of the best slugging seasons in team history and set the team record for runs scored with 43. A part-time catcher, part-time DH and part-time outfielder, Simon hit the ball hard all season long, batting .358 with 8 homers and 36 RBIs. He drew a team-high 27 walks, leading to a sparkling .487 on-base percentage, and also stole eight bases. As a catcher, he threw out eight out of 23 stolen-base attempts. Simon was one of four Bates players to exceed the previous team record for total bases with 77. The former mark of 70 was beaten by Lynd (103), Burke (80), Simon (77) and Beaton (72).

View the NESCAC Baseball All-Conference Team release (PDF)