Nastri drives in three, leads Mules to close win over Polar Bears

WATERVILLE, Maine – Colby baseball took the field Wednesday evening for a non-conference contest with visiting Bowdoin College. Though rain and cold weather have plagued the team throughout the season, the night began mildly.  The game did not.

The Polar Bears struck first, scoring twice in the top of the first inning on an RBI single from Austin Zakow. The Mules quickly responded, however. Leadoff hitter Matt Mitchell singled, Keenan Iuliano walked, and then Ryan Hecht singled to load the bases. Dylan Nastri took advantage, doubling to drive in all three and give Colby a 3-2 lead. But the Mules were not done. Will Philips drove in Nastri with an RBI single and then Chris Romano, Colby's ninth batter of the inning, doubled to score Philips and Jackson Ward. The onslaught gave the Mules a 6-2 lead and drove Bowdoin's starting pitcher, Dan Chapski, from the game.

Both teams settled in following the early action. Will Cohen pitched 2 2/3 innings for the Mules before handing the ball to Cameron Garfield, who pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings. William Wessman added two scoreless innings on the mound for the Mules, pitching through the sixth.

Meanwhile, Bowdoin held the Mules bats at bay until the bottom of the sixth, when Colby used some small ball to pad their lead. Leadoff hitter Matt Mitchell drew a walk, then advance from first to third on a single by Wessman. Keenan Iuliano hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Mitchell from third and giving Colby a 7-2 lead. After a Ryan Hecht walk, the Mules continued to threaten but could not score again in the inning.

The rest of the game was all Polar Bears. Bowdoin scraped two runs back when Chris Attisani singled with the bases loaded in the seventh inning and continued to chip away in the top of the eighth when Brandon Lopez doubled in a run to bring the Polar Bears to within two. That was as close as Bowdoin could get, through. Coming on in relief for Patrick Carbone in the seventh, Colby pitcher Frank Driscoll pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record his first save of the season. William Wessman picked up the win for the Mules. Jackson Ward led Colby with three hits, while Dylan Nastri and Chris Romano produced the bulk of the offense, driving in five runs between them.

The Mules finish their season with a double header at home on Saturday, May 4th, against Tufts starting at 2:00 PM (EST)