WATERVILLE, Maine – On a sunny afternoon that finally felt like spring, Colby baseball took on the University of Maine Farmington in a contest of Maine colleges.
Colby starting pitcher Brooks Parker stifled the Beavers from the start. Parker pitched three scoreless innings before giving up one run to Farmington in the fourth inning when Beavers shortstop Chase Malloy scored on a Derek Bowen double, but recovered well. Over five innings, Parker recorded six strikeouts and gave up only three hits, putting the Mules in excellent position to take an early lead.
Parker's effort would prove more than enough. The Mules struck in the second inning when Ryan Hecht scored on Tommy McGee's double, and Colby added insurance in the third. Dylan Nastri drove in Will Philips before Hecht singled to right field, scoring William Wessman.
Up 3-1 in the sixth inning, Colby continued to ride their offensive momentum. McGee scored on a single up the middle by Chris Romano, who scored on the next play when the Beavers' center fielder made an error on a Matt Mitchell fly ball. Mitchell then scored on an infield hit by Philips to extend Colby's lead to 6-1.
The Mules bats were not finished, however. McGee scored after a throwing error by the Farmington third baseman before Romano drove in Tyler Mulberry with a triple to right field. Matt Mitchell sealed the win for the Mules with an RBI single up the middle, scoring Romano.
As the offense continued to produce, Colby's relief pitching locked down Farmington in the second half of the game. Frank Driscoll, Patrick Carbone, and William Wessman combined for four shutout innings without giving up a hit, helping the Mules secure a 9-1 victory.
Coach Jesse Woods was impressed with his team's effort on both sides. "A great performance by Brooks Parker on the mound really helped set the tone for us today. He really gave our offense a chance to get going. We had some great quality at bats from Wessman, Mulberry, McGee. Dylan Nastri and Chris Romano also had great days at the plate. Overall a good team effort today."
The Mules look to continue their strong play at home in their season series against Tufts, which starts on Friday at 4:00 PM (EST).