Baseball slams UMF, takes one from Bowdoin
Colby second baseman Taro Gold ’12 pops out during the Mules’ 6-1 loss to Bowdoin on Friday. Colby split a doubleheader with the Polar Bears the next day.
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Colby men’s baseball scored a huge pair of wins last Saturday over Tufts University, and came into the week riding a wave of momentum. The Mules had four games this week, playing two at home and two on the road. In keeping with their overall season record, the four games were split with two wins and two losses.
The first game was a home contest against the University of Maine-Farmington on Wednesday, April 18. The offensive fireworks from the weekend prior were on full display in this game, as the Mules trounced the Beavers 19-3. Lucas Geohegan ’14 got the start on the mound and tossed a gem, throwing five innings of hitless baseball, walking none and striking out one. David Stanton ’14, Mark Collins ’12 and Scott Goldberg ’15 closed out the game, combining to allow just three runs.
The offensive star of the game was starting right fielder Colin Cummings ’14, who had three hits in five at-bats including a two run home run. Cummings finished with four runs batted in, four runs scored and a walk on the day. Ray Zeek ’15, Robb Arndt ’12 and Mike Mastrocola ’12 also knocked in multiple runs for the Mules, who saw 24 players earn playing time in the game.
Friday, April 20, brought Bowdoin College to Coombs Field for a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) matchup. Starting pitcher Nate Sugarbaker ’13 held the Polar Bears scoreless through four innings, but walks and costly errors led to four Bowdoin runs in the fifth. Sugarbaker was pulled after 4.2 innings, having walked five, allowed two runs and struck out an exceptional nine hitters. The Colby offense never got going, notching only two hits against Bowdoin’s Oliver Van Zant, who pitched a complete game. The Mules took the loss, 6-1.
Bowdoin and Colby traveled south for the second and third games of the three game series, a Saturday doubleheader. Brady Hesslein ’13 took the hill for the Mules in game one and allowed five Bowdoin runs in 6.1 innings. At the end of six innings, Colby had scored twice to Bowdoin’s three runs. The visitors seemed poised to take home the victory, however, after scoring three runs in the top of the seventh to go ahead 5-3. The Polar Bears would not trail for long, scoring three of their own in a gut-wrenching bottom of the seventh that saw Abhi Chandel ’12 take the loss.
The second game would end on a much more positive for the Mules. Dakota Rabbitt ’14 got the start for Colby, earning a quality start with six innings pitched and three earned runs allowed. The Mule bats awoke in the fifth and sixth innings, where they combined for six runs scored. Jason Buco ’15 hit his team-leading fifth home run in the sixth frame, as Colby went ahead 7-4. Bowdoin would score only once more, in the bottom of the ninth, as Colby salvaged one game of the three game series with a final score of 7-5.
A home, non-conference doubleheader matchup for the Mules against Plymouth State University was scheduled for Sunday, April 22, but had to be cancelled due to inclement weather.