Baseball team opens season in Florida with win over Saints

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Jackson Ward had five hits and drove in five runs for the Colby College baseball team in a season-opening 15-9 victory over Saint Lawrence University on Saturday in Florida.

The Mules (1-0 overall) are playing 10 games on their spring break trip, including a doubleheader against Western Connecticut on Sunday at noon.

Brooks Parker pitched the opening four innings, struck out four, walked one, and gave up one earned run to give the Mules a 5-1 lead when he left. Emery Dinsmore earned his first collegiate victory after pitching 1.1 innings and allowing no runs.
 

Ward (pictured) had five of Colby's 18 hits on the day. The Mules had five innings where they scored two runs or more. Matt Treveloni had three hits and two RBI, while Matt Garcia added two hits and three RBI.

Andrew Della Volpe and Ryder Arsenault both had two hits and two RBI for the Mules. Ryan Quinn also had a pair of hits. 

The Saints scored three in the fifth and four in the sixth to go up 8-5. The Mules, though, had three in the sixth, three more in the seventh, and four runs in the eighth inning. 

Will Phillips entered the game in the sixth inning and did not allow a run in 1.2 innings. Dinsmore took over to get the last out of the seventh inning and pitch the eighth, while Taimu Ito pitched the ninth and allowed one unearned run.

Matt Mitchell and Ward turned a key double play for the Mules that helped in their comeback efforts. Ward also made a leaping catch on a soft liner to right with the bases loaded to stop a rally.

Will Cohen will throw game one against Western Connecticut and Bobby Forese is scheduled to start the second game.