Season of Inconsistancy
- Baseball starts season in south
- Steroid users should be in the Hall
- Baseball slams UMF, takes one from Bowdoin
It would be easy to look at the 2010 baseball campaign, lump it together with other disappointing seasons of the past and throw it into the abyss of Colby's sporting annals. The Mules' overall record 12-15, while respectable, is somewhat nullified by its 2-10 mark in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), and the playoffs are once again out of the question. The W-L column paints a picture of a Colby squad that was overmatched and undermanned in NESCAC play; however, this is not the real story of the 2010 Colby team. If one examines the schedule, it becomes evident that the Mules played up to the level of their opponents but could never catch a break in a big game.
The first league matchup of the year pitted Colby against three-time defending NESAC champion Trinity College in a three game series in Florida. The Mules held leads on Trinity in two games but ultimately lost 12-14 and 1-18 in both contests. After returning from Florida, the team hosted the University of Maine Presque Isle on April 2-3 and impressively shut the Owls out over three consecutive games while scoring 42 runs of its own. The Presque Isle games moved Colby's record to 7-5, and the Mules looked primed to compete in another league series. On April 10 the Mules traveled down to Tufts University for another three game series. The team battled the Jumbos'ranked first in NESCAC'blow for blow but couldn't seem to get the upperhand. Colby had an 8-4 lead in the late innings of game 2 only to fall 10-8. An impressive pitching performance by Dominick Morrill '11 in game three was squandered when the Mules' offense could only muster one, taking the loss 2-1. On April 14 the Mules invited the University of Southern Maine to Coombs field for a non-league contest. Colby had a 7-6 lead going into the top of the ninth, but home pitching gave up five runs in the frame and ultimately ended up losing 11-7.
After facing much adversity, the Mules rebounded by taking two of three from Bowdoin College on April 16-18. It was the first time the Mules had beaten Bowdoin since 2002 which is a great sign for the program. The series victory was ensured due to stellar pitching performances from senior co-captain Matt Moore and first-year starter Nate Sugarbaker that led to 2-1 and 9-1 wins.
The Mules hoped to carry some momentum from Bowdoin into the weekend as the squad hosted two out of three games against Bates. On Friday, April 23 Colby tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the eighth only to see Bates score twice in the top of the ninth and walk away with the win 3-1. On Saturday the squad was three outs away from winning the opener, but Bates took a 7-3 win with five runs in the seventh inning and the series ended NESCAC play for the Mules on a sour note.
As if the schedule couldn't get grueling enough, the Mules had to drive south to Standish, Maine on Sunday after Bates to take on St. Joseph's College (28-10). The Mules hung with their opponents, amassing the same amount of hits and not committing an error on defense, yet shouldered losses of 2-4 and 4-6. Coming off an 0-5 weekend, it's hard to believe that the Mules could rally once more, but they continue to break the mold. Just yesterday the team dominated Thomas College at home to take a 5-0 win.
With three games left, the Mules have to win all three contests to end up with a .500 record. A 15-15 record would be quite an accomplishment for a team that has had such a mentally draining season.