BATES BASEBALL SENDS FLYNN OUT ON TOP WITH SWEEP OF EASTERN NAZARENE
LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates College head coach Bob Flynn ended his 34-year career at Bates with a bang, as the Bobcats (11-18) swept the Eastern Nazarene Crusaders (8-24) in a doubleheader, 7-5 and 11-4.
In game one, junior Drew Blicharz (Rutland, Vt.) tossed his team-leading fourth complete game of ths season, scattering nine hits and striking out seven to even his record at 4-4. Bates' big hits came of the bats of junior CF Jason Coulie (Manchester, N.H.), who smacked his fifth home run of the season, a two-run job in the third inning, and first-year 2B Josh Moody (Moody, Maine), who hit his first career round-tripper in the fifth to give the Bobcats an insurance run. The Crusaders got a three-run home run in the third inning from junior CF Chris O'Meara (Halifax, Mass.), who was 3-4 with a double in addition to the home run.
In game two, the Bobcats batted around in second and fourth innings, scoring five runs in both innings en route to an 11-4 victory. Junior captain RF Austin Philbin (Clinton, Mass.) went 4-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, while sophomore LF Ben Bines (Lexington, Mass.) was 3-4 with two runs scored, three doubles, and four RBI, including a bases-loaded double in the third that drove in three runs. Senior 3B Scott McAuliffe (Concord, N.H.) capped his career with a three-run home run in the fifth, his third blast of the season. The Bobcats also got a defensive boost from first-year catcher Ben Donaldson (LaMoine, Maine), who caught three attempted base-stealers. Two of ENC's runs came on a two-run home run by junior Dave Lindsay (E. Brookfield, Mass.) off Bates starter James Hanley (Pawtucket, R.I.) in the third, but sophomore Kevin Walsh (Wakefield, Mass.) shut the Crusaders down, allowing just one hit over the final four innings, striking out four for his fourth win of the season.
Coach Flynn, the Bobcats' head coach for the past nine seasons, ends his career on a six-game winning streak. After starting the season on a ten-game losing streak, Bates ended the season going 11-8 over their final 19 games. The Bobcats set school records today by playing their 29th game of the season and winning their 10th contest at home.
Game 1 Bates 7, Eastern Nazarene 5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E ENC (8-23) 0 1 3 0 1 0 0 - 5 9 0 Bates (10-18) 1 0 2 3 1 0 X - 7 6 0 Pitching ENC - Shaun Reed and Tim Brown. BAT - Drew Blicharz and Ben Donaldson. W - Blicharz (4-4) L - Reed (3-7) Batting 2B - ENC, Chris O'Meara. BAT, Scott McAuliffe. 3B - ENC, Dave Lindsay. HR - ENC, O'Meara (1). BAT, Jason Coulie (5), Josh Moody (1) Multiple Hitters - ENC, O'Meara 3, Shawn Manning. BAT, McAuliffe, Coulie. LOB - ENC, 7. BAT, 7. Game 2 Bates 11, Eastern Nazarene 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E ENC (8-24) 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 - 4 4 1 Bates (11-18) 0 5 0 5 0 1 X - 11 13 2 Pitching ENC - Ted Groff, Dave Ahrberg (4) and Tim Brown. BAT - James Hanley, Kevin Walsh (4) and Ben Donaldson, Dave Argereow (4). W - Walsh (4-3) L - Groff (1-3) Batting 2B - BAT, Ben Bines 3, Josh Moody, Jason Coulie. 3B - ENC, Tom Hogan. HR - ENC, Dave Lindsay (3). BAT, Scott McAuliffe (3). Multiple Hitters - BAT, Austin Phibin 4, Bines 3, Christian Galligher. LOB - ENC, 4. BAT, 5.