Baseball goes 1-2 in series against Bates

In their second-to-last NESCAC series of the 2016 season, Colby baseball went 1-2 against Bates last weekend. To start, the Mules topped the Bobcats 11-6 on Friday in Lewiston, with relief pitcher Will Cohen ’19 coming in during the fourth inning and closing out the game well.

Cohen (2-2), allowed only one earned run and struck out two in the victory. His teammate Tommy Forese ’16 scored four of the Mules’ 11 runs, reaching base after being hit by a pitch, hitting a single, drawing a walk and forcing a Bates error. In addition, Forese’s co-captain Soren Hanson ’16 had two hits and four RBI for Colby.

Forese opened the scoring in the first inning off a sacrifice fly from Matt Garcia ’18. The men scored twice more in the second inning, and Bates did not earn a run until the bottom of the third, when they tied the game at three. Immediately after, however, Colby took back the lead, which they would maintain for the remainder of the contest. The Mules eventually added two more runs in the sixth, two in the seventh, and one in the eighth to reach their final tally of 11. Colby’s leading hitter, Zach Ellenthal ’16, earned three hits, two RBI, and scored one run. Garcia and Chris Sonberg ’16 each had two hits, and Tyler Starks ’16 also scored twice.

The following day, the Mules dropped two games at home to their NESCAC rival, losing 3-1 and 9-3. Bates’ pitching held the men to just nine hits in two games. With the losses, Colby moves to 11-20 overall and 4-8 in the league.

Colby scored its lone run of the first game in the fourth inning when Starks walked, reached third on a Bates error by the pitcher on a pick-off attempt, and ultimately scored after another error on a triple by Ellenthal. In the top of the seventh, Bates’ Evan Czopek hit a homerun to center field, securing the Bobcats’ win.

In the second game of the doubleheader, Ellenthal hit another triple and scored twice. The Mules’ third and final run came in the seventh inning when Hanson loaded the bases with a single, forcing a pitching change, and Garcia brought in Forese with an infield single. Bates added two runs in both the eighth and ninth innings despite leading since the fifth.

Colby has one remaining NESCAC series of the season, which will be played away at Amherst College this  Saturday, May 7.

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