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Lynd sets team records as baseball sweeps UMPI

Noah Lynd '11 now owns or shares Bates single-season records in home runs, extra-base hits and total bases.

LEWISTON, Maine -- Noah Lynd broke or tied three Bates College baseball team single-season records, including home runs, as the Bobcats swept the University of Maine at Presque Isle in a doubleheader on Wednesday. Bates won the first game 24-1 before taking Game 2 6-3.

With at least 12 more games remaining on the slate, Bates is now 16-8, the Bobcats' highest win total since they finished 17-9 in 1986. The visiting Owls dropped to 2-24 on the season.

Lynd (Meriden, N.H.) blasted a two-run home run over the left-field fence in an 11-run third inning during Game 1. It was the ninth homer of the season for the junior first baseman and pitcher, tying him for Bates' single-season record with Gary Page, who set the mark in 1979, and Andy Carman, who tied the record in 1984.

Lynd's double in Game 2 gave him 20 extra base hits, tying the team single-season record set by Bob Kearney in 1990. The hit also gave him 71 total bases on the season, passing the team record of 70 set by Kearney in 1990 and tied by Jason Coulie in 2000.

Lynd also started Game 1 on the mound and earned the win to move to 1-0 on the season, throwing five innings and allowing one run on six hits and one walk while striking out six. First-year Pat Siebenlist (Gaithersburg, Md.) threw two scoreless innings in relief.

Of course, Lynd wasn't the only star for Bates on the day. Junior Chris Burke (North Andover, Mass.) went 3-for-4 in Game 1, including his third homer of the season, and scored three runs to go with five RBIs. Senior Tom Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) went 3-for-4 with five runs, two RBIs and two stolen bases. Junior Noah Burke (Appleton, Maine) went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles, and junior Pat Murphy (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) went 2-for-4 with two runs, three RBIs and two steals.

Sophomore P/1B Demetrios Gatzogiannis (Wells, Maine) crushed a three-run home run to left field during Bates' four-run sixth inning, the first homer of Gatzogiannis's college career. In Game 2, the 6-foot-6 righthander earned his first save, pitching a scoreless final 1.1 innings and striking out three in relief of senior starter Ryan Horvath (Fort Myers, Fla.). In the first start, the longest stint and the first decision of his college pitching career, Horvath earned the win by going 5.2 innings and allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks.

After Bates banged out 20 hits, including 10 for extra bases, in Game 1, UMPI pitchers Corey Harding and Jake Fillebrown had much more success in cooling the Bobcats' bats in Game 2. Harding started and limited Bates to two runs on two hits and a walk over three innings. Fillebrown came on to start the fourth and allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits in a three-inning stint, accepting the loss.

The Bobcats got a run in the second as junior Gordy Webb (Hampden, Maine) led off with a triple to right center, then came home on junior Jake Simon's (Waterford, Conn.) sacrifice fly. UMPI responded with three runs in the third with the benefit of just one hit: a bunt single. Ryan Hill drew a leadoff walk, then moved to second and on to third as Corey Fournier's sacrifice bunt attempt was mishandled, putting two runners on with no outs. Seth Dorr laid down another bunt for the Owls and beat out the throw, tying the game at 1-1. After a wild pitch moved the runners up, Harding's sac bunt scored a second run for UMPI. Tyler Delaney then delivered a sacrifice fly to right to score Dorr for a 3-1 UMPI lead.

Bates added one run apiece in the third, fourth and fifth innings to move ahead 4-3. In the third, Murphy walked, then stole second base and moved on to third as the throwout attempt caromed off of his body and into the outfield. Beaton plated Murphy with a single up the middle. An inning later, Simon drew a leadoff walk, then stole second base. The catcher's throwout attempt hit Simon and bounced into shallow left field. Simon hustled around the third-base bag and made it home safely on the error. In the fifth, Bates manufactured a run as junior Rich Velotta (Fairfield, Conn.) led off with a single, got to second on a bunt by Murphy, moved on to third on Beaton's groundout, then scored on a single up the middle by Chris Burke, Burke's sixth RBI of the day.

Bates added two insurance runs in the sixth. Lynd's leadoff double, which tied the team extra-bases record and broke the total bases mark, was followed by a one-out triple to center field by Simon. The relay throw trying to cut down Simon at third got away, allowing him to stay on his feet and score standing up for the 6-3 lead.

Bates will host Colby on Friday at 3 p.m. to begin a three-game NESCAC East Division series. The game can be followed live via Webcast and Live Stats.The teams play a doubleheader at Colby on Saturday at noon.

UMPI plays host to SUNY Canton in a doubleheader at Caribou High School on Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m.

NOTE: The Bobcats also broke a team batting record on Wednesday. Bates now has 59 doubles, beating the former team record of 57 set in 2002.

GAME 1 BOX SCORE: Bates 24, UMPI 1