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Baseball sweeps Colby for seven straight wins, 10-8 and 4-2








C. Burke

LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates swept a doubleheader along with its three-game series with Colby on Saturday, winning Game 1 10-8 in seven innings and taking Game 2 4-2 in nine innings, as freshman Griff Tewksbury hit for the cycle over the two games combined.

Bates (18-14, 5-7 NESCAC East) has won seven straight, while Colby stays winless in divisional play at 0-11, with an 11-20 overall record.

Tewksbury (Concord, N.H.) went 3-for-3 in Game 2, including a triple and a towering solo home run, his second homer in as many days and third of the season.

Noah Lynd (Meriden, N.H.) was another big contributor for the Bobcats (18-14, 5-7 NESCAC East). One of nine seniors being recognized on Senior Day, Lynd belted a two-run home run to left field in Game 1, then earned his second save of the season by pitching shutout eighth and ninth innings in Game 2. Lynd's home run was his third this season and the 20th of his career, moving him within one of Bates' all-time record of 21, held by Jason Coulie '00. The homer also moved Lynd into a tie for Bates' all-time career extra-base hits record, with 51 (31 doubles, 20 homers), matching Ben Bines '01, who racked up 32 doubles, five triples and 12 home runs in his career.

Bates junior Karl Alexander (Cambridge, Mass.) earned the win in Game 2 with seven strong innings before handing off to Lynd. Alexander allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and four walks while striking out five Mules.

The Bobcats may have wondered if they were in for a laugher to start the day, as they scored five runs in the first inning on four hits, including a one-run single by Lynd and a two-run double by senior Gordy Webb (Hampden, Maine). But the Mules struck right back with five in the top of the second. Mike Mastrocola led the inning off with a solo homer, and John Schroeder and Nathan Ellis followed with singles to set up an RBI base hit by Richard Newton and a three-run home run to left field by Nikolas Atsalis, his second of the season, which quickly tied the game up at 5-5.

That set the tone for the rest of a roller-coaster Game 1. Colby went up 6-5 in the third on a double by Mastrocola followed by a Schroeder single, but Bates struck back with three runs in the bottom of the inning to reclaim the lead at 8-6, with Lynd's two-run homer and a sacrifice fly by senior Rich Velotta (Fairfield, Conn.). The Mules scored once in the fourth, with singles by Atsalis, Colin Cummings and Taro Gold, then added another run in the fifth to tie the game again at 8-8. Mastrocola scored that run, too, leading off with a single off of rookie Dean Bonneau (Amherst, Mass.) and getting bunted to second base by Schroeder, singled to third by Ellis and driven home on Brandon Nieuw's groundout.

Bates went ahead for good with two runs in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI double by Ciummei, then a single by Jake Simon (Waterford, Conn.) to plate Ciummei.

Sophomore Mike Antonellis (Sudbury, Mass.) shut out the Mules over the sixth and seventh innings to earn his second save. Bonneau pitched the fifth inning and earned the victory to move to 3-1.

Game 2 began with more scoring, as both teams traded runs in the first inning. Newton led off the game with a single off of Alexander, and eventually scored on two Bates errors. The Bobcats evened the score with a one-out double by Tewksbury, followed by Lynd's RBI single.

Bates got all the runs it would need in the third. Tewksbury led off the inning with a triple, and scored easily on senior Chris Burke's (Andover, Mass.) sacrifice fly. Lynd was then hit by a pitch, moved to third on a hit by Webb, and scored on a groundout by Ciummei to make it 3-1.

Tewksbury led off the fifth with his home run off of Colby starter Dakota Rabbitt (2-2) for a 4-1 advantage.

Alexander worked out of a bases-loaded jam to keep the Mules scoreless in the sixth inning, but Colby cut one run into Bates' lead in the seventh, when Atsalis walked, moved to third on Jake Kramer's single and scored on Robb Arndt's sac fly. But Lynd quieted Colby's bats over the final two innings to preserve the sweep.

Link to Game 1 Box Score and Play by Play

Link to Game 2 Box Score and Play by Play