Baseball wins series in Hartford

The Colby Mules baseball team headed down to Trinity for a series of three games over the weekend. The team came into the series fresh off their week in Florida, where they went a solid 9-3 over the course of the week, including two wins over Hamilton. In their first NESCAC East series of the season, the Mules took the final two games to win the series over the Bantams.

In the first game Friday, Scott Goldberg ’15 took the mound and pitched over six innings, allowing only two runs. The Bantams matched with ace Jed Robinson, who threw seven innings with ten strikeouts. Robinson dominated until the bottom of the eighth inning, when Ryder Arsenault ’17 reached on an error and Tommy Forese ’16 walked. With still no outs, the Bantams changed pitchers hoping to get out of the jam, but Dan Csaplar ’16 took the reliever deep with a timely home run. The Bantams, however, responded with a three-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth to sink the Mules’ hopes of taking the first game of the series.

The two teams returned Saturday for a doubleheader. The Mules made up for their disappointing loss on Friday by dominating the first game of the double header. Soren Hanson ’16 pitched a complete game shutout with six strikeouts. The offense was able to support Hanson’s dominant outing by putting up seven runs, led by Forese’s two home runs.

In the rubber match of the series later on Saturday, the Mules were able to win a tight one 5-3 to take the series and tie for the lead in the NESCAC East. Colby got five solid innings from Greg Ladd ’15, and then closed the game with four shutout innings from Csaplar and Forese. Csaplar added three RBI to his fine pitching performance, and senior captain and catcher Tim Corey ’15 drove in two more to give the Mules enough runs to secure victory in the final game and the series.

The Mules will move forward from their big series victory to play a trio of Maine teams this week. They will take on Thomas College and the University of Southern Maine in non-conference weekday games before heading south to Lewiston to face Bates in another crucial league series. The Mules thus far have had the offensive spark they lacked much of last season, especially from Forese, who is tied for the lead in the NESCAC with four home runs early on. Another series win could push the Mules even closer to meeting their season goal of reaching the NESCAC playoffs and having a chance to win a coveted championship. Their consistent pitching and timely hitting have them in a great position to go far this season.

Csaplar and the Mules have been producing offensively at a much higher rate than years past. Courtesy of Dustin Satloff

Csaplar and the Mules have been producing offensively at a much higher rate than years past.
Courtesy of Dustin Satloff

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