Baseball wins series over rival Bowdoin

After dropping their NESCAC series opener (1-2) to the hands of the Bantams, Colby Baseball looked to have a more successful week. Sluggish off the bat, the Mules’ recent issues persisted versus their neighborhood rivals, Thomas College, who blanked Colby 4-0 on Tuesday. The Mules suffered the same fate the following day as they fell to  the University ofSouthern Maine 10-7 off a game winning three-run triple by Sam Dexter, the 2015 national Player of the Year and son of Colby College assistant coach Tom Dexter.

Whether it was the weather heating up the diamond, the influx of perspective students sparking motivation, or the Mules simply just pitching and hitting better, Colby Baseball ended the weekend on a 5-1 run thanks to a 2-1 series win vs. Bowdoin and a 2-0 sweep versus Plymouth at home on Sunday.

The Mules’ lineup absolutely dominated the Polar Bear pitching staff in their two wins (14-3, 8-1) accumulating 22 runs off of a respectable 23 hits. Matt Garcia ’18 lifted the furthest shot, smacking a three-run home run in the first game. Thanks to the immense run support, starting pitchers Brooks Parker ’19 and Soren Hanson ’16 could afford to give up some runs–but they did not as Parker pitched five and two thirds of one run ball on Friday while Hanson pitched a complete game, striking out seven and allowing a meager four hits.

To explain the Mules’ offensive resurgence, one must point to Zach Ellenthal ’16, the NESCAC player of the week. Hitting .647 (11-17) with a 1.000 slugging percentage and .667 on base percentage, Ellenthal accumulated four triples and a single while driving in seven runs over his hot stretch.

In the Mules’ opening game victory over Plymouth (5-3), Ellenthal roped in a clutch two-run triple in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead and resulting close victory. While the Panthers led for most of the game, the Mules showed great poise and were rewarded with a solid non-conference win. In the nightcap, the game came down to the wire again as the Mules blew a 7-0 lead, barely salvaging a win (7-6). Ellenthal had two hits and an RBI whilst Chris Sonberg’s ’16 bases clearing double highlighted the Mules five-run first and eventual sweep.

With this weekend’s solid outings, the Mules now stand 9-15 overall and 3-3 in the NESCAC. Colby Baseball will travel down to Tufts University (17-4, 5-0) this weekend to play a tough three-game series. The dark horse White Mules have a good shot at upsetting the leading Jumbos.

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