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Simon's walkoff homer beats Beavers in the 10th

Jake Simon '11 ends Bates' home opener in the 10th inning with a walkoff homer, his fifth round-tripper of the season.

LEWISTON, Maine -- Jacob Simon (Waterford, Conn.) sent relief pitcher Ryan DiPompo's (Jay, Maine) first pitch deep over the left-field fence in the bottom of the 10th inning for a walk-off, three-run home run that gave the Bates College baseball team a 4-1 victory over the University of Maine at Farmington on Thursday, in the Bobcats' home opener at Leahey Field.

The Bobcats now stand at 9-3, while the Beavers fall to 0-7.

Simon jumps on home plate with a hero's welcome from teammates.

After allowing Bates a run in the second, UMF held the Bobcats scoreless through the 9th inning. Starting pitcher Brandon Gallagher (North Yarmouth, Maine) limited Bates to one run over six innings, on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts, and relievers Will Griffiths (Mechanic Falls, Maine) and Dale Winchenbach (Waldoboro, Maine) also blanked Bates in their combined three innings of work.

The Beavers tied the game at 1-1 in the 8th inning, as Russ Schmelzer was hit by a pitch to lead off and quickly stole second base. He made it to third on an infield single by Phineas Peake, then came home with the tying run on a wild pitch. Bates pitcher Demetrios Gatzogiannis (Wells, Maine) induced Matt Levine (Pelham, N.H.) to fly out. Josh Garneau (South Portland, Maine) was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out, and the Bobcats ended the inning with a strikeout-throwout double play, as Gatzogiannis fanned Connor McNeill (Portland, Maine) and Bates catcher Gordy Webb (Hampden, Maine) threw out Peake trying to steal third base.

Mike Ciummei '12 tags out UMF's Phineas Peake to complete a strikeout-throwout double play that ended the Beavers' rally in the eighth.

Bates junior Ryan Heide (Medfield, Mass.) came on as Bates' ninth pitcher of the game in the top of the 9th -- the Bobcats made the game a bullpen day, putting a new pitcher in to start each inning. Heide held Farmington scoreless in both the 9th and the 10th, allowing two hits and no walks while striking out four. His record this season was bumped to 4-0 when the Bobcats struck for three runs in the bottom of the 10th.

Senior Tom Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) led off by legging out an infield single to short. Beaton reached second on a wild pitch, and Webb drew a walk to put runners on first and second. Junior Chris Burke (Andover, Mass.) flew out to left, but Beaton tagged up and advanced safely to third as the winning run with one out. UMF replaced reliever Ethan Jean (Jackson, Maine; 0-1) with DiPompo, but Simon greeted him abruptly on his first pitch with the home run, which tied him with junior Noah Lynd (Meriden, N.H.) for the team lead with five on the season.

Simon also scored Bates' lone run in the 2nd inning. He led off the inning with a triple to left-center, and Lynd followed by lacing an RBI single to right center. Gallagher escaped the inning with no further damage.

Heide was the lone Bates pitcher to face more than five batters in the game. The Bobcats' pitching committee combined for nine strikeouts and scattered six hits and three walks in the game.

Bates opens NESCAC East Division play tomorrow, welcoming Tufts University for a three-game series. They'll play a nine-inning game Friday at 3 p.m., followed by a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 12 p.m. All of the games can be heard on Live Audio Webcast.

Stats and Play by Play: Bates 4, UMF 1 (10 inn.)