WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College baseball team had plenty of opportunities, but left 11 men on base in a 4-3 setback to Bates College in the NESCAC opener Thursday at Coombs Field at the Colby Baseball/Softball Complex.
Bates improved to 5-5 overall and 1-0 in the league, while the Mules fell to 3-8 and 0-1 in the conference. The two teams will meet in a doubleheader this weekend (date and time TBA). With poor weather coming into the area Friday night into Saturday, the doubleheader could be played Sunday if the artificial turf field can be cleared.
Brendan Fox led the Bobcats with a pair of hits and one run. Kyle Carter added one hit, an RBI, and a run scored.
Colby starter Brooks Parker got the first two outs of the second inning, but then ran into trouble. Jack Arend doubled to start the rally and scored when Carter singled. After a walk to Asher MacDonald, Will Sylvia singled to bring in Carter for a 2-1 lead.
With one out in the top of the fifth, Ryan McCarthy reached on an error to get Bates going. Fox singled to push McCarthy to second and Brendon Canavan followed with a single to bring in the third run. John Dinucci also singled to drive in Fox for the big fourth run.
Parker gave up just two earned runs while striking out seven and walking one in five innings for Colby. Mule relievers Will Cohen, Emery Dinsmore, and Ward went the final four innings and allowed just two hits.
Colby also left runners on base in the ninth inning. Treveloni walked to start the inning, but Shapiro came hard off the mound to field a Ward bunt and got Treveloni at second base on the fielder's choice. After a second out, Garcia kept the inning going with a single to get Ward to third base. However, Shapiro once again got a strikeout to end the game.