Lynd homers as baseball opens series at Trinity
|Noah Lynd '11 has already assembled one of the top five home-run hitting seasons ever by a Bates player.|
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Bates College junior Noah Lynd (Meriden, N.H.) got closer to the team home runs record and the Bobcats mounted a big comeback effort on Friday in a 10-7 NESCAC East Division loss at Trinity College.
Senior Derek Anderson (Great Falls, Va.) pitched into the eighth inning and freshman Brad Runowicz (Cheshire, Conn.) had a big day at the plate for the Bantams, who are ranked No. 4 in New England and No. 9 in the nation. Trinity improves to 12-3 overall and 2-2 in the NESCAC East, while the Bobcats fall to 11-6 overall and 1-3 in the league.
Lynd's leadoff home run in the second inning was all the scoring the Bobcats could muster until the eighth inning. Lynd has hit eight homers in just 15 games, and is now tied for third on Bates' all-time list for single-season home run slugging, and just one away from tying for the team record of nine, set by Gary Page in 1979 and matched by Andy Carman in 1984. Lynd is now tied for third on the list with Jason Coulie (2000) and Bob Kearney (1990).
Trinity held a comfortable 8-1 lead before Bates put up six runs in the eighth, started by a two-run single by senior Josh Linscott (Portland, Maine) and capped by an RBI single by Lynd, a rally that would cut the Trinity lead to 8-7. In the bottom half of the inning, Trinity gained some breathing space thanks to an RBI single by sophomore pinch-hitter Luke Auger (Avon, Conn.) and an RBI double by sophomore pinch-hitter Andrew Koris (Milton, Mass.). Sophomore Edward Donovan (Milton, Mass.), worked a perfect ninth to notch his third save of the year.
Anderson allowed just one earned run on seven hits in 7.2 innings, and added seven strikeouts, to improve to 2-1 on the season. Runowicz was a perfect 3-3 from the plate, including two walks, three runs and two RBI. Freshman Stephen Rogers (Watertown, Mass.) collected three hits for the second straight game, and improves his league-leading batting average to .526.
Bobcats starter junior Ryan Heide (Medfield, Mass.) suffered his first loss of the season, falling to 4-1 after allowing six earned runs in 6.2 innings. Junior tri-captain Chris Burke (Andover, Mass.) and Lynd led the Bobcats offense with two hits apiece.
Bates will face Trinity in a doubleheader tomorrow starting at noon to close out a three-game weekend series.