BANGOR, Maine — The Bates College Bobcats entered Wednesday’s non-conference doubleheader against Husson University with a lofty team batting average of .342.
The Bobcats are now hitting .406.
Bates used an 18-hit attack in the first game and a dramatic five-run rally in the ninth inning to beat Husson 12-9 before junior designated hitter Noah Lynd drove in eight runs with a pair of homers and a single in the nightcap as Bates cruised to a 23-7 triumph at the Winkin Complex.
Bates unleashed a 21-hit barrage in the second game to improve its record to 8-3.
Husson fell to 7-10.
“Everybody hit today,” said Lynd. “I think we had over 40 hits  as a team. That was great. It’s nice to put up a lot of runs to support the pitchers.”
“The team really came out and worked together. This was a team win. We’ve got to build off this,” said Bates junior catcher and former Bangor High School standout Gordy Webb, who had four hits and four RBIs in the nightcap including a homer.
“They hit the ball,” said Husson junior shortstop and leading hitter Ethan Guerette. “We had guys pitching who hadn’t given up a lot of hits and they pounded the ball.”
There wasn’t much drama in the second game, which was called after seven innings due to the 10-run rule.
But the first game was a see-saw affair.
Bates erased a 5-1 deficit to take a 7-5 lead with two runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth.
Husson rallied for a run in the bottom of the sixth on Tom Crews’ RBI fielder’s choice and took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the eighth on singles by Kyle Vanidestine and Guerette, Chris Maguire’s sacrifice bunt, a run-producing passed ball and Jake Arthers’ long RBI triple to right.
But Appleton native and former Camden Hills High School star Noah Burke opened the ninth with a base hit into left after he was given a life when his foul popup to left was allowed to drop as third baseman Arthers and left fielder Vanidestine converged on it.
“It was nice [to get a second chance],” said Burke.
“Noah’s hit definitely energized us and set us up [for the rally]. Without him, we wouldn’t have won that game,” said Bates junior catcher Jake Simon.
Mike Ciummei sacrificed Burke to second, Kevin McGregor singled him to third and he scored the tying run on Pat Murphy’s sacrifice fly to left.
Tom Beaton singled to left and Rich Velotta walked before Chris Burke snapped the tie with a soft two-run single into right off loser Dan Beatham.
“It was a fastball up and I was a little ahead of it. I got lucky and put it in the right spot,” said Burke.
Simon then ripped a two-run double to left to make it 12-8.
“I threw strikes but they just hit them,” said Beathem.
Noah Burke, Beaton and McGregor had three hits apiece in the opener with Chris Burke, Velotta and Murphy having two each. Chris Burke had four RBIs.
Ryan Heide picked up the win in relief while Beatham absorbed the loss.
Vanidestine and Guerette had three hits each for Husson with Arthers and Cody Haverly-Johndro collecting two each.
In the nightcap, Lynd highlighted a 10-run second inning with a grand slam as Bates built a 17-0 lead.
He singled home a pair of runs in the fourth and hit a two-run homer in the fifth.
“I’ve never had an eight-RBI game in my life,” said an elated Lynd, who noted that his first homer came off a Bill Doherty fastball and the second blast came off an Aaron Sullivan knuckleball.
Webb, meanwhile, needed just a double to hit for the cycle as he tripled in the third inning and sandwiched singles in the fifth and seventh innings around a sixth-inning homer.
Ciummei had three hits, including a homer, and two RBIs and Murphy had three hits and scored five times. Beaton also had three hits. McGregor had two hits and two RBIs.
Matt Archetti had three singles and two RBIs for Husson. Crews had a two-run triple and Corey Cushing had a two-run double.
Karl Alexander collected the win in the second game and Doherty took the loss.
Husson will open its North Atlantic Conference season with a pair of noon doubleheaders against visiting UMaine-Farmington on Saturday and Sunday.