Bates sweeps St. Joe’s

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LEWISTON — The Bates College baseball team passed the 20-win mark for the second time in team history, and three school career records fell in Game 2 as the Bobcats swept St. Joseph’s College of Maine in a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at Leahey Field by scores of 6-2 and 9-1.

The Bobcats finish the season with a 21-15 record, a year after posting a program-record 25 wins. The Monks, already headed for NCAA Division III Championship play, dropped to 30-13.

After the 6-2 win in Game 1, Bates senior Noah Lynd opened the scoring in Game 2 with a solo home run to left field in the second inning, Lynd’s fourth of the season and the 21st of his career, tying for the team’s all-time home runs record with Jason Coulie ’00, while also extending his own career extra-base hits record to 54 (33 doubles, 21 home runs).

Later on in the fifth inning, senior starting pitcher Paul Chiampa struck out Sam Butts for his lone strikeout of the game, but the 131st of his career, moving out of a tie with Dennis Gromelski ’88 for the team’s all-time record. In the bottom of the fifth inning, senior Jake Simon hit a bases-loaded single for his 106th career RBI, tying with Chris Hickey ’88 for Bates’ all-time record with 106 runs batted in.

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Another of Bates’ nine graduating players, captain Pat Murphy extended his own career stolen bases record earlier in the fifth inning, swiping second base for the 50th steal of his career.

Beyond the individual career records being set, the Bobcats finished the season impressively against the eighth-ranked team in New England in St. Joe’s. Bates won its final three games and 10 of its last 11.

Tennis

Bates’ Bettles selected for NCAA singles championship

INDIANAPOLIS — Bates College sophomore Matt Bettles received his first invitation to compete in the NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championships on Wednesday. Bettles is one of 32 players from across the country who will compete for the singles championship, while he and fellow sophomore Rob Crampton  were named as alternates for the doubles championship.

The team championship will be held May 24-26, and the singles and doubles championships will be held May 27-29. The finals will be held at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer Colleges in Claremont, Calif.

Bettles played No. 1 singles for the Bobcats this season, accumulating a record of 16-12 against opponents’ top players, earning a national player ranking of 14th and a regional ranking of seventh by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Bettles and Crampton, meanwhile, were the fourth-ranked doubles team in the Northeast, posting a head-to-head record of 15-7 against opponents’ top duos.

Bettles will be the first Bobcat to compete at the NCAA Tennis Championships since Amrit Rupasinghe ’10 and Ben Stein ’09 won the NCAA doubles title in 2009 at Claremont-McKenna. Stein also competed in the singles draw that year and made it to the finals.

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