Baseball suffers back-to-back losses before win over Bowdoin

Last Friday, the Colby baseball team headed down to Bowdoin College, where they took on the Polar Bears in a tightly contested matchup. The Mules fell 5-4 in the contest, which involved high drama as the team almost completed a legendary comeback. The scoreboard may have been a misrepresentation of the game, however, as the Mules outhit the Polar Bears 11-6, and only gave up runs in one inning. Bowdoin scored all five of their runs in the fifth inning, which could have been avoided had it not been for two defensive errors by the Mules. Colby scored one run in the fifth leaving the score at 5-1. Things got interesting two innings later, when Matt Garcia ’18 blasted a three-run homerun to make it a one run game with two innings to go. Unfortunately for the Mules, the next two innings went scoreless, and after a superior performance, the Mules left Brunswick with a loss. Pitcher Brooks Parker ’19  played phenomenally, with nine strikeouts to go along with zero earned runs through eight innings.

On Saturday, the two teams met again for a double-header. Bowdoin won the first game starting in the first inning, when they put up five runs on the Mules. The score was 5-0 heading into the fourth inning, when Bowdoin scored five more runs compared to Colby’s two. The Mules, however, couldn’t mount a comeback effort like the day before and the final score finished at 12-3 in favor of the Polar Bears. The designated hitter for the Polar Bears, Sawyer Billings, led Bowdoin with five RBIs on the game on only two hits. Tyler Mulberry ’19 went two for two on the day with a pair of RBIs for the Mules. Ryder Arsenault ’17 also had one home-run in the game. Emery Dinsmore ’20, Will Cohen ’19, Matt Reasor ’20, and Andrew Sterup ’19 all pitched for the Mules, while Max Vogel-Freedman pitched the entire game for the Polar Bears.

Things finally picked up for the Mules in the second half of the double-header. Consistency was the name of the game in the afternoon as Colby scored in six out of eight innings, and had zero defensive errors for the game. Three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings provided the Mules with a huge offensive boost that carried them to victory. Colby had two triples on the day from Ryan Quinn ’18, and Ben Coleman ’19. The Mules’ offense was balanced as well, since Coleman, Mulberry, Sterup, Quinn, William Wessman ’20, and George Schmidt ’20 all chipped in with RBIs. A new pitcher, Taimu Ito ’20 started for the Mules and struck out eight of the 25 players he faced through five innings.

Colby will face University of Maine—Orono and Amherst College this week to wrap up their 2017 campaign.