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Lynd homers twice more as baseball finishes season at USM






N. Burke


C. Burke

GORHAM, Maine -- The Bates College baseball team's dramatic turnaround season came to a close on Wednesday with an 11-9 loss at the University of Southern Maine, while junior Noah Lynd hit two more home runs to finish with an incredible total of 15 round-trippers on the season.

The host Huskies erupted for six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to break open a 5-5 stalemate, and they withstood a ninth-inning comeback bid to defeat the Bobcats 11-9 at the USM Baseball Stadium in Gorham, Maine.

Bates finishes the year 25-11, seven wins beyond the previous team record of 18 wins. Second-year head coach Edwin Thompson's team went 12-22 in his inaugural season in 2009.

The win is the second straight for the Huskies, who improve to 19-17-1.

Trailing 5-3 through five innings, Southern Maine rallied for two runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull even with the Bobcats. Sophomore Anthony Pisani (Cheshire, Conn.) collected his first home run of the season, launching a solo shot over the center field fence for USM’s first run of the inning, and senior Collin Henry (Penobscot, Maine) doubled in the game-tying run.

After a scoreless seventh and top of the eighth, the Huskies plated six runs on four hits and three walks in the bottom of the eighth. The Huskies scored four of their six runs in the inning with two outs. Junior C Jordan Berthiaume (Berlin, Conn.) drove in three of the runs with a bases-clearing double to center field. Freshmen Nick Grady (Whitefield, Maine), John Carey (South Portland, Maine) and Christian Hamilton (Westbrook, Maine) each had an RBI in the inning.

Bates did not go quietly, however, rallying for four runs in the top of the ninth inning -- all after two outs.  After the Bobcats' leadoff hitter, senior Tom Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.), reached on a fielding error, sophomore Dustin Stanton (Cornish, Maine), one of six pitchers used by the Huskies, earned the first two outs of the inning on strikeouts, before hitting junior Gordy Webb (Hampden, Maine) with a pitch, and then surrendering three consecutive hits: a two-run double by junior Jake Simon (Waterford, Conn.), a single through the hole by junior Noah Burke (Appleton, Maine), and another two-run double to left-center by senior Josh Linscott (Portland, Maine). However, the Huskies were able to close out the inning and hold on for the win as Stanton struck out the final Bates batter.

Stanton (1-1) earned the win on the mound for USM, giving up four runs (all unearned) in two innings.  He yielded three hits and struck out four. Bates sophomore Demitrios Gatzogiannis (Wells, Maine) was saddled with the loss.

Lynd (Meriden, N.H.) hit a solo home run in the first inning, then added a two-run shot to left field during Bates' four-run fifth inning. Lynd's final total of 15 home runs is a whopping total of six beyond the previous team record of nine, set in 1979 and tied in 1984. His four RBIs on the day give him 44 for the season, moving him out of a tie for the team record with Andy Carman's 40 RBIs in 1984. Lynd also finishes with team single-season records for total bases (103), slugging percentage (.912) and extra-base hits (28).

Playing in his final game for Bates, Beaton went 2-for-4 with a triple, a stolen base, two runs scored and an RBI. Beaton entered the game tied with junior Chris Burke (North Andover, Mass.) for the team's single-season hits record with 55. Chris Burke finished the game 0-for-5, making Beaton the sole record holder with 57 hits on the year. It is the third straight season this record has been broken: Brian Mahoney '08 broke his own record in 2008 with 50 hits, then Chris Burke exceeded it last year with 52.

Beaton also set the team record for at-bats in a season (150) and finishes his career as Bates' all-time leader in stolen bases (45).

Simon scored a run with two RBIs in a 2-for-4 day, increasing his team record for runs in a season to 43.

Junior center fielder Pat Murphy (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) finished the year with no errors in 89 chances, making him the fourth Bobcat ever to record a perfect fielding percentage with a minimum of 50 chances.

The Bobcats finish the year with team records for, among other categories: wins (25), runs (318), hits (428), home runs (35), doubles (81), triples (15, tied with 1974 team), singles (297), RBIs (289), total bases (644), fielding percentage (.970) and batters struck out (207).

BOX SCORE: Southern Maine 11, Bates 9