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Ariola, Ward help Colby baseball beat Bates, earn league win

LEWISTON, Maine -- The first collegiate victory for first-year left-hander Paul Ariola was a pitching gem to help Colby College earn a key 4-1 NESCAC victory over Bates College on Sunday.

The Mules (3-11 overall, 1-2 NESCAC East) dropped a doubleheader to the Bobcats on Saturday and needed a league victory. 
 
"Paul was able to command all of his pitches today and stayed ahead in the count and got some easy outs at key moments of the game," Colby head coach Dale Plummer said. "We played quality defense behind him, but Paul competed all day and he was able to induce a couple double-play balls when runners reached base." 
 
Ariola worked seven innings, allowed just five hits, gave up no earned runs, and struck out six in moving his record to 1-1. 
 
"Paul performed with the poise of an experienced collegiate pitcher and picked off a runner late in the game," Plummer said. "I am proud of the way he prepared for this game and look forward to witnessing his performance over the next few years."   
 
Colby closer Jackson Ward had a solid day at the plate and earned his second save by working the final two innings. He got in trouble in the eighth inning while loading the bases, but was able to get the third out on a fly out to right field. Ward had a double, one walk, and two RBI.
 
Matt Treveloni, who is batting .442 after 14 games, and William Wessman both went 2-for-3 with two runs, and one walk. Treveloni also had a stolen base. Will Phillips added a double and two RBI for the winners.
 
"Matt continues to have quality at-bats again this year and his consistency has been impressive," Plummer said. "Everyone on the squad, led by Matt, has invested so much into this program and it is especially rewarding to see your senior captain perform to his ability.  Matt is playing with great composure and taking advantage of his opportunities at the plate."   
 
George Schmidt, Ben Coleman, and Andrew Russell all had one hit for the Mules.
 
The Mules took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Will Phillips doubled to right center to bring in Wessman and Treveloni.
 
Colby went up 4-0 in the sixth inning when Ward doubled down the left field line to plate Wessman and Treveloni.
 
The Bobcats (7-10, 3-3 NESCAC East) had a lone unearned run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
 
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