Bobcats of the week of May 4, 2009

Chris Burke '11
On the final day of the 2009 Bates baseball season, sophomore outfielder Chris Burke(Andover, Mass.) wrapped up an outstanding first season as a regular starter. In the season-ending doubleheader at St. Joseph's of Maine, Burke went a combined 4-for-7 with three runs and three RBIs.Burke, who was limited to only six at-bats as a rookie last year, excelled right off the bat in his sophomore campaign, starting the season with an 18-game hitting streak. He started 33 games in right field for the Bobcats and finished the year batting .406 with 52 hits, breaking the Bates single-season record of 50 set a year ago by Brian Mahoney '08. Burke also set a new Bates single-season record for singles, with 41. Burke's 33 RBIs also supersede Mahoney's total of 30 last year, which had been the highest number by a Bobcat in over a decade. Burke had 12 multi-hit games on the season, compared to only three hitless games.
Izzy Alexander '09
Bates senior Izzy Alexander(Harvard, Mass.) broke the New England Division III Women's Track and Field Championship meet record in the 400-meter hurdles on Saturday at Springfield College, winning the event in 1:01.78 and slicing 0.18 seconds off of the previous set by Springfield's Beth Bowler in 1998. Alexander's time also lowered her own Bates outdoor record in the event by 0.13 seconds. She was 1.82 seconds ahead of runner-up Alice Wisener of Middlebury.Alexander's effort highlighted the Bobcats day at the meet, in which the team finished ninth for the third year in a row. The Bobcats scored 40.5 points, well ahead of 10th-place Brandeis (25) among 26 point-scoring teams.

Also at the meet, Alexander teamed up with senior Jen Marino (Methuen, Mass.), sophomore Dana Lindauer (Needham, Mass.) and senior Tara Higgins (Jeffersonville, Vt.) and Alexander placed seventh in a time of 4:07.29.

Next up for the Bobcats is the all-divisions Open New England Championships at UMass-Amherst this weekend.