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Baseball team hammers Amherst at Hadlock Field in Portland, 12-0





N. Burke






PORTLAND, Maine -- The Bates College baseball team seemed right at home on Sunday at Hadlock Field, the home of the Portland Sea Dogs, as the Bobcats trounced Amherst College 12-0.

The Bobcats (19-15) had an easier time than expected against the visiting Lord Jeffs, who dropped to 24-8 on the season. Bates banged out 16 hits against seven Amherst pitchers, while Amherst responded with only four hits and committed three errors. The Bobcats have reached 19 wins for only the second time in team history, and for the second straight year.

Bates junior righthanded starter Karl Alexander (Cambridge, Mass.) riddled the Lord Jeffs in his six innings of shutout work, allowing Amherst just one hit and two walks before leaving the game with a 9-0 lead. Alexander rose to 5-3 with the win. Senior Paul Chiampa (Pembroke, Mass.) worked the final three innings, holding Amherst scoreless on three hits with two strikeouts to earn his first save.

Amherst starter Fred Shepard (4-3) matched Alexander with two shutout innings, before Bates exploded for seven runs in the third. Senior Pat Murphy (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) led off the inning with the first hit of the game, a double to left center field. Sophomore Ryan Sonberg (Windsor, Conn.) followed with another double to the same part of the park to score Murphy. After senior Noah Burke (Appleton, Maine) was hit by a pitch, senior Noah Lynd (Meriden, N.H.) doubled off of the giant left-field wall, a replica of Fenway Park's Green Monster nicknamed the "Maine Monster," to score Sonberg with Bates' second run. Lynd extended his own team record for career extra-base hits with the double, to 53.

J.J. Hoffstein then came on to pitch for the first time in his college career in relief of Shepard, but the rookie surrendered a sharp single up the middle to senior Gordy Webb (Hampden, Maine), which scored Noah Burke. Hoffstein then walked junior Mike Ciummei (Acton, Mass.) to set up senior Jake Simon's (Waterford, Conn.) RBI groundout. Senior Rich Velotta (Fairfield, Conn.) then dropped a single into shallow center field to score both Ciummei and Webb to make it 6-0. Murphy then came up and delivered his second hit of the inning, a single to right center, to score Velotta. Murphy made it to third on a stolen base and a throwing error, but was left stranded when Hoffstein finally got out of the inning with a groundout by Sonberg.

Sonberg went 3-for-5 to lead five Bobcats with multiple hits. Velotta went 2-for-5 with a career-high four runs batted in, and also made a pair of nice catches made in the warning track, with his back to home plate. Noah Burke was 2-for-2 and also walked twice, while Webb and Murphy both went 2-for-4 in the game.

William "Chick" Leahey '52, who coached the Bates baseball team from 1955 through 1990, threw out the game's honorary first pitch, a heater over the corner of the plate.

Bates finishes the season on Wednesday with a doubleheader against St. Joseph's College, starting at 12 p.m.

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