Colby Baseball had a busy schedule this past weekend, hosting a doubleheader against Bowdoin on Saturday, Apr. 22, followed by another game on Sunday against Endicott College. The Mules had beaten the Bowdoin Polar Bears in Brunswick the day before by a 7–6 score and were looking to secure two more wins on Saturday to climb the ranks in the NESCAC standings.
Game one of the doubleheader started off at noon, and there was a great atmosphere ahead of this highly anticipated conference rivalry. A few early runs helped the Mules take the lead, with three RBIs in the first inning coming from Cole Palmeri `24, Brady O’Brien `24, and Marcus Forrester `24. Forrester created another run for Colby in the third inning to conclude the scoring of the first game. The Mules were outstanding defensively in game one, not conceding a single run. Jack Pletter `23 pitched the entire game and was a nightmare for Bowdoin’s players at bat, striking out eleven and allowing no runs. The Mules comfortably closed out the final innings of game one, taking a 4–0 win.
Colby came out hot against the Polar Bears in game two as well, as the Mules rattled off four runs in the third inning. At bat, Forrester was outstanding yet again, securing three RBIs in total on the Mules’ road to another victory over Bowdoin. Joe Sylvester `26 started game two on the mound for the Mules, managing to strike out two Bowdoin players in the first four innings. Julian Erro `23 closed out the remainder of the game, striking out eight. Despite conceding five runs in game two, the Mules managed to complete the sweep and maintain their perfect home record, beating the Polar Bears by a 9–5 score.
On Sunday, Colby faced the tough task of going up against the 25–5 Endicott Gulls. Despite a valiant effort, the Mules were defeated 5–1, ending their perfect home record. In their loss to the Gulls, Clint Flippo `25 drove in Caleb Jung `23 in the seventh inning, getting the Mules on the board and securing his twenty-fourth RBI of the season. Patrick McConnell `24 and Forrester also registered hits. At the mound, starter Thomas Rioux `26 struck out five batters in just over five innings played.
After the results from the weekend, Colby Baseball pushed its overall record to 21–8 on the season, 6–3 in NESCAC conference play. Next up for the Mules is the University of Southern Maine at home, 4 p.m. on Apr. 25, followed by three massive games against Tufts this coming weekend. The Mules start off this crucial series on Friday at 4 p.m. on home turf, followed by a doubleheader the next day, starting off at noon. Tufts currently boasts a 22–6 record, 9–0 in conference play. The matchup will be a big test for the Mules, but if Colby is able to maintain pressure from their pitchers and can rely on their go-to batters, they will be in a good position to challenge the Jumbos.
~ Mason Groves `23
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