FORT MYERS, Fla. -- John Baron pitched five strong innings to earn the win and Jackson Ward was dominating in relief to lead the Colby College baseball team to a 3-1 win over St. Joseph's College Long Island on Wednesday in Florida.
Baron allowed just four hits, struck out three, and walked four to earn his first collegiate victory. Ward pitched the final two innings, struck out six, and did not allow a hit or walk in recording his first collegiate save.
After the Golden Eagles scored their lone run in the fourth, the Mules added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Jackson Ward, who is leading the Mules in batting average (.500), singled up the middle to lead off. Two straight ground outs put Ward to third base and Tyler Mulberry singled up the middle to bring Ward in for the final run.
St. Joseph's scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning of the second game, but the Mules came back with two runs in the second, two more in the third, and a lone run in the fourth for a 5-3 lead. The Golden Eagles went ahead for good with four runs in the fourth inning.
Quinn had a one-out single to center field in the second inning and advanced to third when Iuliano doubled. George Schmidt hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Quinn, while Mitchell doubled to left to bring in Iuliano.
In the Colby fourth, Mitchell walked to lead off the inning and moved to second on a ground out. Ward followed with a single to center field to score the Mules' fifth run.
Andrew Sterup had Colby's best pitching performance, going 1.2 innings without allowing a run and striking out one.