Baseball falls in crucial two-game series to Bobcats

The warmer temperatures and sunnier skies brought optimistic feelings for baseball fans around New England this past weekend, but unfortunately the Colby baseball team was not able to harness the heat and dropped two of three at Bates this past weekend. Playing a three-game weekend series due to weather complications earlier in the season, the Mules were able to take the middle game of the series on Sunday afternoon, but were unable to gain what would have been a key set of wins over a divisional rival.

The first game of the series saw both teams score plenty of runs, but ultimately Bates came out on top in an 8-5 victory. The Mules were led Saturday by six strikeouts from senior co-captain Scott Goldberg ’15 and a three-run home run by Soren Hanson ’16, but, ultimately, Bates’ pitcher Connor Colombo got the win behind his eight strikeouts.

The Mules returned Sunday still with the opportunity to take the series against the Bobcats, and got off to a great start. Hanson struck out seven batters and moved to 3-0, continuing to prove that, regardless of whether he is on the mound or at the plate, he is one of the dominant players in the NESCAC. The Mules also got two RBI each from Zach Ellenthal ’16 and co-captain Jason Buco ’15 to power them to a 5-2 victory.

Unfortunately, the rubber match of the series is one the Mules will want to quickly forget. The team managed only two hits the entire game and let up 17 runs to drop the chance to take the series. Bates scored four runs in the first inning and didn’t look back, scoring in six of their eight batting innings and put this one out of reach quickly.

The Mules move to 3-3 in the tight NESCAC East. They currently sit tied for third and are only a half game behind Bates for the final spot in the playoffs. The Mules will have a great chance to move further into playoff contention this weekend when they face off against first-place Tufts University. Scratching out a series victory versus Tufts this weekend could mark a turning point for the team and put them in commanding position in the division. The Mules will need to continue their improved hitting this season and get some better pitching to complement Hanson, who has to be considered for first team all-NESCAC this year as both a pitcher and hitter. More performances like his the past two weekends will make the Mules a tough beat for any team in the league.

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