The Bobcats finally got outside to play when they traveled to Milton, Mass. to take on the host Curry College Colonels. Coach Bob Flynn sent junior right-hander Chris Snow (Tewksbury, Mass.) to the mound for the Bobcats. Snow was the ace of the staff last year, and he performed up to expectations, pitching four innings and giving up just one earned run while striking out four in the 5-3 win. First-year Drew Blicharz (Rutland, Vt.) came on to close out the final three innings, allowing four hits and just one run for the save. Offensively the Bobcats had many multiple hit performances. Sophomore third baseman Scott McAuliffe (Concord, N.H.) led the way with two doubles and an RBI single. Senior left fielder Ryan Nofsinger (Amherst, N.H.) opened his season in fine fashion with three singles and an RBI. First-year catcher Frost Hubbard (East Walpole, Mass.) and classmate center fielder Austin Philbin (Clinton, Mass.) each contributed two hits apiece and one RBI.
In the second game five errors and seven men left on base proved too much for the Bobcats to overcome, as they fell, 8-6. Senior right hander Jon Smith (Laconia, N.H.) started for the Bobcats going three innings allowing one earned run on four hits while striking out two. First-year right hander Dave Sprague (Southern Pines, N.C.) came on in relief pitching 2 2/3 innings giving up two earned runs on five hits while striking out two. Junior right hander Dan Chisholm (Westfield, Mass.) came on to stop the bleeding in the sixth facing two batters walking the first before striking out the second to end the inning. The Bobcats had two chances in the seventh to tie the game with two men on second and third but could not deliver. Senior short-stop Pat Cosquer (Westfield, N.J.) smashed a three-run homer and added a single for a three-RBI performance. Hubbard added three singles and a RBI, while Smith had two singles.
4/5 at Tufts (DH)
4/6 Maine-Presque Isle
The men's lacrosse team was unable to take the field against Gordon College March 27. The game will be made up on April 14 at Bates.
4/5 at Wesleyan
The Bates Invittional was held indoors at Merrill Gym as the Bobcats began the quest to return to the NCAA tournament. All three matches were decided by 5-2 scores. The Bobcats defeated Hamilton and Coast Guard, but could not rally to take out fellow 1996 NCAA qualifier Bowdoin. Sophomore Brian Kend (Palos Verdes, Calif.) and first-year player John Tucker (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) each won all three of their matches. Kend, playing number two, rebounded after losing the first set against Bowdoin to take the match 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to complete his perfect weekend. Tucker lost only 13 games in three matches at number five. Junior captain Lonnie Klein (Riverdale, N.Y.) won a tie-breaker in each of his wins at number one.
4/3 at Colby
4/5 at Brandeis
Bates athletes finished in the top three in five different events over the weekend at the Snowflake Classic. Heather Bumps (South China, Maine) threw the javelin 138'-8" to place second, while sophomore Adelia Myrick (Kodiak, Alaska) took second in the 800 meters with a personal best time of 2:20.05. Ilsa Abusamra finished second in the 10,000 with a time of 41:18.03 and Shannon Walker vaulted 10'-6" for second place in the pole vault. Amy Taylor jumped 16'-2" in the long jump and 31'-6" in the triple jump to finish third and sixth respectively. Bumps, Myrick, Abusamra, and Taylor all qualified for the New England Division III Championships.
4/6 Tufts Invitational
The meet was a non scoring meet with over 850 athletes from over 25 different schools representing all three NCAA divisions. The Bobcats got a bit of a scare when sophomore pole vaulter Peter Beeson (Novelty, Ohio) crashed into the vaulting box while warming up for competition. Beeson spent the day in the hospital, but fortunately suffered only bruises. Fellow vaulter and classmate Jeff Crowder (Fort Washington, Pa.), perhaps motivated by the loss of his teammate, produced an outdoor personal best vault of 12'-6" good for a third place finish. First-year student Kevin Stroman (New York, N.Y.) picked up where he left off during the indoor season when he placed third in the triple jump with an excellent leap of 43'-4.5". Stroman also placed sixth in the long jump. Another first-year, Adam Thompson (South Portland, Maine) had a third place finish in the 400 intermediate hurdles with a time of 59.03. Junior Walter Jackson (Hartford, Conn.) placed fourth in the shot put with a heave of 44'-6". Senior Alec MacLachlan (Newburyport, Mass.) added a fifth-place finish in the 400 meter sprint with a time of 51.05. According to head coach Al Fereshetian the performances of the day belonged to sophomore Aron Shapiro (Lexington, Mass.) who had three personal best performances which earned him the meet's Honor Baton. He grabbed a forth place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 39'-10" behind teammate Stroman. Shapiro also jumped 39'-10" in the triple-jump and threw the javelin 173'-4" both good for sixth place finishes.
4/6 Tufts Invitational
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