Bobcats of the week of May 9, 2011

Karl Alexander '12
There were a slew of fine performances by members of the Bates baseball team down the final stretch of the 2011 season, leading the Bobcats to win 10 of their last 11 games. Excellent pitching was a common denominator in most of those wins, none better than junior Karl Alexander's gem on Sunday, as the Bobcats trounced Amherst 12-0 at Hadlock Field in Portland, the home of the Class AA Portland Sea Dogs.In what turned out to be his final appearance of the season, Alexander (Cambridge, Mass.) befuddled the Lord Jeffs in his six-inning start, holding Amherst scoreless on just one hit and two walks before leaving the game after six innings with a 9-0 lead. Senior Paul Chiampa (Pembroke, Mass.) finished the job with three shutout innings, as Bates outhit Amherst 16 to 4 in one of the team's most impressive games this season.

Alexander led a pitching staff in 2011 that was among the best in recent years for Bates, finishing with a 5-3 record and a sparkling 2.50 earned run average. The righthander walked only 10 hitters in his 54 innings on the season. He'll enter his senior season with an 11-10 lifetime record, tied for third on the team's all-time wins list.

Women's Varsity Eight '11
The Bates men's and women's rowing teams had perhaps their best combined day ever at the National Invitational Collegiate Regatta, which also serves as the ECAC and NESCAC championship regatta, on Sunday.Among the day's highlights, the Bates women's varsity eight had its best NICR showing ever. Ranked second in Division III, the Bates boat defeated six other vessels -- Ithaca, New Hampshire, Hamilton, St. Lawrence, Tufts and Connecticut College -- in its preliminary heat to advance to the Grand Final. There the Bobcats had their highest finish ever at the regatta, taking second place behind top-ranked Williams, 6:45.177 to 6:50.657, with Wellesley in third at 6:52.895. Rounding out the six-boat field were Trinity, Ithaca and William Smith.

The women's second varsity eight (W2V8) fared similarly to the WV8, beating five boats in its prelim, including runner-up Ithaca by a 6:44.750 to 6:46.321 margin. In the grand final, Bates' W2V8 rowed to a solid second-place finish behind Williams, 6:46.453 to 6:52.088, more than six seconds ahead of third-place Trinity (6:58.459), followed by Ithaca, New Hampshire and Wellesley. The W2V8's showing ties for its best ever at NICR.

Bates' W3V8 also made its Grand Final, where the Bobcats were fourth out of six boats.

Thanks in part to its performance at NICR/ECAC's, Bates earned its fifth consecutive bid to the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships, to be held May 27-28 at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center in Gold River, Calif. The Bobcats will enter the regatta as the national runner-up in back-to-back years.

The boat's lineup consists of coxswain Nora Collins '11, stroke Allison DiSalvo '12, Elizabeth Sonshine '12, Emma White '11, Phoebe Reed '11, Rebecca Waldo '11, Kelsey Dion '12, Haley Sive '12, and Ellen Patterson '11 in the bow.