Iuliano drives in two in double header against Tufts

WATVERVILLE, Maine – The Colby baseball team concluded their season with double header against first-place Tufts on Saturday. Mild temperatures and clear skies greeted both teams as they took Coombs Field, but it was Tufts who used the warm weather to spur a hot start.

The Jumbos came out swinging in game one, scoring Casey Santos-Ocampo in the first inning off of a Peter DeMaria double. They added three more runs in the second and two more in the third to take a 6-0 lead before Colby could score. In the bottom of the third, Matt Mitchell singled to get on base before Keenan Iuliano doubled to drive him in on the next play. That was Colby's only run of the game, though. The Jumbos added four runs in the top of the fourth to take a 10-1 lead and put game one out of reach. Will Phillips added two hits for Colby, and Emery Dinsmore, Brooks Parker, and Andrew Sterup combined to pitch game one.

Game two began as a pitchers' duel, with Colby starter Will Cohen and Tufts pitcher Aidan Tucker holding their opposing offenses scoreless through the first four innings. Colby was not without their opportunities, leaving two men on in the bottom of the first inning and the bases loaded in the bottom of the second. The Mules finally broke the tie when Matt Mitchell scored on a Keenan Iuliano triple. The run seemed to spark the Tufts offense, however, and the Jumbos quickly drove Cohen from the game with three runs in the top of the sixth inning. Tufts add four runs in the top of the ninth inning to take a 7-1 lead before Matt Mitchell's RBI single in the bottom half of the inning scored Andrew Sterup to bring the Mules back to within five runs. It was not enough, however, and Colby fell 7-2 in their final game of the season. Matt Mitchell led the Mules offense with three hits, a run, and an RBI. Will Cohen, Frank Driscoll, Patrick Carbone, and William Wessman combined to pitch game to for Colby.

Seven seniors are leaving the Mules. Matt Mitchell, Jackson Ward, Tyler Mulberry, Brooks Parker, Keenan Iuliano, Will Cohen, and Andrew Sterup are all graduating in May.