Baseball earns split with Western Connecticut, now 2-1 on trip

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Colby College co-captain Andrew Della Volpe had three hits and drove in three runs to help the Mules to a 9-8 win over Western Connecticut in the opening game of a non-conference baseball doubleheader on Sunday.
 

The Colonials (7-7 overall) took a 5-3 win over Colby (2-1) in the second game.

After pounding out 18 hits in the season opener, the Mules had 14 hits in the victory Sunday. Tyler Mulberry had two hits, two runs, and drove in a pair of runs. Matt Treveloni, Ryder Arsenault, and William Wessman each had two hits. Noah Tocci and Matt Mitchell both went 1-for-2.
 

The Mules came back from an early 6-1 deficit due to timely offense from Treveloni, Arsenault, and Mulberry (pictured). 

Will Cohen picked up his first win of the year by pitching five innings while striking out four and walking two. He gave all eight runs, but only five of them were earned. Jackson Ward threw the final two innings to earn the save, making multiple big pitches with runners on base.
 

Trailing 6-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth, Colby scored seven runs to go up 9-6. Treveloni, Ward, Arsenault, Wessman, and Mulberry all singled to start the fifth and bring in three runs to make it 6-5. Noah Tocci walked to load the bases, but the Colonials were able to get the first out of the inning on the next batter. Della Volpe drove in Colby's seventh run with a single, while Will Phillips scored on a fielder's choice for run eight. Della Volpe scored on a shortstop error the Mules' final run.

In game two, the Mules had a 7-6 advantage in hits in the 5-3 loss. Treveloni and Mulberry both had two hits for Colby.
 

A comeback attempt with three runs in the last two innings fell just short.  Mulberry and Ryan Quinn each drove in runs in the effort.

The fielding was sure-handed for Colby, not committing a single error in the game. Outfielders Arsenault, Treveloni, and Matt Garcia were tracking balls down all over the field.
 

Bobby Forese got the start on the mound and threw four innings to keep Colby in the game. Andrew Sterup came in relief and threw well, only giving up one run in two innings of work.

The Mules are right back at it Monday at 9 a.m. for a doubleheader with Johns Hopkins.