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Baseball falls in non-league to University of Maine

WATERVILLE, Maine — Despite more red-hot hitting from Colby College’s Zach Ellenthal ’16, Tyler Schwanz had a home run and two doubles for the University of Maine and relief pitcher Connor Johnson threw five strong innings in the Black Bears’ 9-3 win in non-conference baseball Wednesday at Coombs Field.

University of Maine improved to 16-27 overall, while the Mules played their final home game and dropped to 11-22.
After the Mules scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning, the Black Bears went ahead for good with four runs in the top of the second. The game stayed close until Maine added two more runs in the seventh. After Colby scored a lone run in the eighth, the Black Bears pulled away with three in the top of the ninth.
Colby scored two runs in the bottom of the first to take the early lead, but the Mules missed out on a terrific opportunity to score more. Ellenthal, now batting .392 on the season, led off with a double. Tommy Forese ’16 reached on an error and went to second while Ellenthal was held at third. Tyler Mulberry ’19 singled to score Ellenthal and push Forese to third. Matt Garcia ’18 had an infield single to plate Forese with the second run. Colby loaded the bases with one out after a Dan
Csaplar ’16 infield single, but Maine turned a 6-4-3 double play to stop any further damage.
The dreaded lead-off walk to Kevin Stypulkowski started the four-run second inning for the Black Bears. On a 2-1 count, Schwanz homered to center field to tie the game. Brenden Geary followed with a single to center field and Jonathan Salcedo reached on an error. Caleb Kerbs put down a sacrifice bunt to push the runners up a base and Lou Della Fera grounded out to second base to score Geary. Salcedo scored the fourth run on a single to center field by Jeremy Pena.
The game stayed 4-2 until the top of the seventh inning behind great relief pitching from Johnson. He threw five innings, allowed two hits, struck out nine and walked none.
Kerbs started the seventh inning for the Black Bears with a single to center field and then stole second base. He moved to third on a ground out to second base and scored on Pena’s double to left field. Danny Casals singled to left field to get Pena to third base. Colin Ridley drove in Pena after grounding out to second base.
Ellenthal singled to start the eighth inning for the Mules, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored when Forese singled and there was an error in the outfield on the play.
The Mules got the first two outs in the top of the ninth, but Casals ripped a triple to center field. Ridley followed with a double to get the seventh run home. Stypulkowski homered to right field for the final two runs.
Ellenthal had three hits and scored twice for Colby.
University of Maine 9, Colby 3
Maine     040#000#203—9#12#2
Colby     200#000#010—3#9#1
Jonah Normandeau, Connor Johnson (2, W, 3-4), Eddie Emerson (7), Jake Marks (9) and Jonathan Salcedo. Will Cohen (L, 2-3), Brooks Parker (5), Griffin Clark (7), Dan Schoenfeld (8), John Baron (9) and Andrew Della Volpe, Blake Egan (8). 2B: Jeremy Pena (M), Colin Ridley (M), Tyler Schwanz (M), Zach Ellenthal (C). 3B: Danny Casals (M). HR: Kevin Stypulkowski (M), Tyler Schwanz (M).
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