Bates wallops Catholic University

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Bates College banged out 16 hits, including three home runs in the fourth inning, and rode a pair of strong pitching performances to a 12-3 baseball win at Catholic University’s Talbot Field on Thursday.

It was the first game in nearly a month for the Bobcats (4-1), who will continue their swing through the Washington area tomorrow with a doubleheader at Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Md.

Junior second baseman Noah Burke went 3-for-4 and hit his first homer of the season, a solo shot. Junior first baseman Noah Lynd was 2-for-2 with his second homer of the year and three runs scored, while junior outfielder Chris Burke added his first homer of the season in a 2-for-5 day with three RBIs. Senior Tom Beaton (2-5), junior Rich Velotta (2-4) and sophomore Mike Ciummei (2-4) also pitched in with multiple hits, with Ciummei driving in two runs and scoring two.

Junior righthander Paul Chiampa allowed all three of the Cardinals’ runs over his seven innings of work, on just four hits and two walks while striking out four. Junior righthander Ryan Heide pitched a shutout final two innings, allowing one hit and no walks and striking out three.

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Bates scored a run in the first as junior catcher Gordy Webb drove Velotta home from second on a single. The Bobcats made it 3-0 in the second as Lynd led off with a double, stole third and came home on a single by junior outfielder Pat Murphy. Murphy stole second and came home on an RBI single by Velotta.

Bates struck for five runs in the fourth. Lynd and Noah Burke led off with back-to-back home runs off of Catholic starter Trevor Falk (0-1). Falk was lifted in favor of Nick Perrotta after a Ciummei single and a Beaton double. Perrotta got Velotta to pop up to first, but Chris Burke came on to blast a three-run home run to open up an 8-0 Bates lead.

USM 12, USM 4

CHANDLER, Ariz. — Junior Mike Eaton of Sabattus banged out three hits and drove in four runs as the University of Southern Maine remained unbeaten, defeating Western New England College, 12-4, in a non-conference game Thursday afternoon at the Snedigar Field Complex in Chandler, Ariz.

The win was the fifth straight for the Huskies. The Golden Bears had a two-game winning streak stopped and fall to 7-2 overall.

Eaton, who was just a home run short of the hitting for the cycle, had a single and scored in the third inning, an RBI triple in the sixth, and a three-run double in the Huskies’ seven-run uprising in the seventh inning that blew the game open.

Senior Collin Henry (Penobscot, Maine/George Stevens Academy) had three singles and scored two runs for the Huskies. Freshman Travis White (Deerfield, N.H./Coe-Brown Northwood), senior Josh Mackey (Danvers, Mass.) and sophomores David Ricker (Winthrop, Maine) and Anthony Pisani (Cheshire, Conn.) all had two hits. Ricker also had two RBI. Every USM starter had at least one hit in the game.

Junior right-hander Ben Ives (Portland, Maine/Deering) continued his strong early season showing on the mound picking up his third win in three outings. Ives scattered 10 singles over 6-plus innings, walked none and struck out two.

For WNEC, seniors Justin Walz (Groton, Conn.) and Steve Kearney (Glastonbury, Conn.), junior Jason LeClerc (Chicopee, Mass.) and sophomore Tom Bouvier (East Longmeadow, Mass.) each had two hits. Senior right-hander Matt Rogers (Portsmouth, R.I.) started on the hill and was tagged with his first loss of the season against two wins.

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