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Baseball splits with New England No. 1 ranked Tufts

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby College's Emery Dinsmore pitched well for the second time in eight days in a NESCAC East baseball game in a 5-2 win over Tufts University on Saturday at Coombs Field at the Colby Baseball/Softball Complex.

In the nightcap, the Jumbos' Tim Superko worked 8.1 innings to earn a 12-3 victory. 

The Mules move to 6-16 overall and 2-7 in conference play. Tufts, ranked first in New England, is 18-3-1 and 4-2 in the league.

Dinsmore, a first-year lefty, went five innings in the seven-inning contest. He struck out three, walked one and allowed four hits. Dinsmore won last weekend at Trinity College. 

Jackson Ward earned the victory by pitching the final two innings.

After Tufts tied the game at 2-2 with a single run in the top of the sixth, Colby scored three times in the bottom of the frame. Ryder Arsenault led off with a walk and moved to second when Matt Garcia was hit by a pitch. Matt Mitchell sacrificed the runners over and reached base on an error. Andrew Della Volpe was hit by a pitch to bring in the first run. Garcia and Della Volpe both scored on errors on different plays.

The Mules took a 1-0 lead in the second inning after Andrew Sterup doubled. Tyler Mulberry singled to left field to bring in Sterup.

Tufts scored a lone run in the third inning thanks to three hit batters. Harrison Frickman led off with an infield single and took second when Will Shackelford was hit by a pitch. After getting the first out of the inning, the Jumbos loaded the bases when Harry Brown was struck by a pitch. Tommy O'Hara was hit by a pitch to bring in the run.

The Mules went ahead 2-1 when Ward doubled to left field and came in on an RBI single to center by Ben Coleman.

The Jumbos scored their run in the sixth on three walks and a Colby error. Tom Petry walked with the bases loaded to bring in Malcolm Nachmanoff.

In the second game, Tufts had 16 hits and eight walks. Petry and Oscar Kutch each had three hits. John Moschella, Brown, and Stephan White all had two hits. Petry, White, Ryan Day, and Elisa Varinos all drove in two runs.

Matt Treveloni, Sterup, and Mulberry each had two hits for the Mules.

Tufts started the game with three runs in the first inning to take control early. Falkson had an RBI single to left to bring in Kutch for the first run. Brown's RBI single to right field scored O'Hara, while White had an infield single to plate Falkson.

The game was tighter than the final score indicates. The Jumbos added a lone run in the fifth inning and led 4-0 after six innings of the nine-inning game. White drove in his second run of the game when he brought in Moschella with a single to left in the sixth.

The Jumbos went up 6-0 with a pair of runs in the seventh. Brown led off with a walk and later scored on a double by Varinos. Petry followed with a single to center field to bring in Varinos.

Garcia singled to lead off the Colby seventh and came around to score when Sterup doubled to break the shutout.

Tufts, though, answered with four runs in the eighth inning. The Mules had two errors in the inning and all four runs were unearned. Two of the four runs came in on RBI walks to Varinos and Petry. Kutch had an RBI single to plate White.

Ryder Arsenault had a sacrifice fly to bring in Grant Lowensohn with Colby's second run in the eighth inning.

Day had a two-run double for the Jumbos in the ninth inning, while Mulberry had an RBI double for Colby in the last of the ninth.

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