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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: April 24, 2010
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College baseball team was three outs away from winning the opener, but Bates College took a 7-3 win with five runs in the seventh inning and then took a 7-2 win in the second game in NESCAC East play Saturday at Coombs Field.
The Bobcats moved to 19-8 overall and 5-4 in conference play, while Colby falls to 11-13 overall and 2-10 in the league.
Bates scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to turn a 3-2 deficit into a victory. The Bobcats sent 10 batters to the plate, with the big blow a two-run single from Gordy Webb (Hampden, Maine). Josh Linscott (Portland, Maine), Tom Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.), and Chris Burke (Andover, Mass.) had RBI singles in the inning.
The Mules had gone up 3-0 with two runs in the first on RBI singles from John LaMantia (Gates Mills, Ohio) and Chris Murdock (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.). Colby's Nikolas Atsalis (West Hyannis Port, Mass.) scored on a Bates error for a lone run in the second inning.
Linscott, who led the way with three hits, and Rich Velotta (Fairfield, Conn.) brought the Bobcats back to within one run at 3-2 with RBI singles in the fourth inning.
Karl Alexander (Cambridge, Mass.) entered the game in the first inning and went the rest of the way at pitcher for Bates. Beaton, Webb, and Jake Simon (Waterford, Conn.) all had two hits for the winners. Meanwhile, Murdock had two hits for the Mules.
In the second game, Webb ripped a grand slam homer in the fifth inning to put Bates up 6-0 at the time. Murphy had a triple and three singles for the Bobcats, while Simon had three hits and a walk.
Brendan Gallagher (Dublin, N.H.) homered and walked twice for Colby. Jake Kramer (Medfield, Mass.) added two hits.
Ryan Heide (Medfield, Mass.) worked seven innings to get the victory for Bates.
Bates 7, Colby 3 (1st game)
Bates College....... 000 200 5 - 7 11 1
Colby............... 210 000 0 - 3 7 1
Pitchers: Bates College - M. Spinosa; K. Alexander(1). Colby - M. Moore; W. Hartigan(7); B. Hesslein(7). Win-K. Alexander(5-1) Loss-W. Hartigan(0-1). 2B: G. Webb (B), N. Burke (B), B. Gallagher (Col).
Bates 7, Colby 2 (2nd game)
Bates College....... 020 040 001 - 7 13 0
Colby............... 000 010 100 - 2 7 2
Pitchers: Bates College - R. Heide; Gatzogiannis(8); Antonellis(9). Colby - N.Sugarbaker; M. Collins(5). Win-R. Heide(6-1) Loss-N.Sugarbaker(1-3). 2B: C. Burke (B), 3B: P. Murphy (B). HR: G. Webb (B), B. Gallagher (Col).