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Baseball 2015: Colby College

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Mar 20, 2015 5:52 am

BASEBALL TO OPEN IN FLORIDA WITH EXPERIENCED TEAM, DEPTH

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College baseball team heads into the 2015 season with seven of the top eight hitters returning and the top three starting pitchers under eighth-year head coach Dale Plummer.

The Mules have reason for optimism after winning the most NESCAC games last year since 2001. Plummer will have talent and depth to work with this year when Colby opens the season in Florida against Crown College on Saturday in a 1:30 p.m. doubleheader.

"We told the guys to be ready when we need you," Plummer said. "We have a lot of guys who will be moving around and can play a lot of positions. I guess it's a nice problem to have."

Colby, which finished 16-15 overall and 5-7 in the NESCAC East, has plenty of senior leadership and has four captains this season. Jason Buco (Methuen, Mass.) returns in left field, Tim Corey (Framingham, Mass.) will be the catcher, and pitchers Scott Goldberg (Valley Stream, N.Y.) and Greg Ladd (Danvers, Mass.) will once again be starters.

Buco, a two-time All-NESCAC selection after making the first team last year, will play left field and bat third after tying for the team lead in batting average (.327) in 2014. He also led the Mules in home runs (7), runs scored (23), walks (14, only 5 strikeouts), on-base percentage (.413), and doubles (5).

Sophomore Ryder Arsenault (New Hampton, N.H.) had a solid first season with the Mules, making no errors in center field on 47 chances. He also hit .308, led the team in stolen bases with six in seven attempts, and scored 14 runs. Arsenault will be Colby's lead-off hitter.

The new starter in right field is junior Andrew Currier (Santa Monica, Calif.), a left-handed hitter who will bat eighth. Junior Chris Sonberg (Windsor, Conn.) will move to the outfield this year and provide depth along with sophomores Conor Bruen (Orinda, Calif.), Noah Tocci (Weston, Mass.), and first-year John Baron (Medfield, Mass.).

Dan Csaplar (Winchester, Mass.) will start at third base and bat sixth, but could also see time at first and will pitch again after tying for the team lead in batting average (.327) and throwing four times.

Soren Hanson (Billerica, Mass.) is one of the top three starters for Plummer, but also showed he could hit last year with a .320 batting average. He will play first base when he is not on the mound and hit cleanup.

Tommy Forese (New Canaan, Conn.) and Tyler Starks (Milton, Mass.) make up the middle of the infield. Forese starts at shortstop and could hit in the second spot between Arsenault and Buco. Starks will hit ninth and man second base.

Plummer has much of his team depth in the infield. Zach Ellenthal (Wilton, Conn.) has a good glove and hit .303 in 33 at-bats last year. Peter McAuliffe (Cambridge, Mass.), Benjamin Crocker (Hallowell, Maine), and Grant Lowensohn (Fort Collins, Colo.) also will see time along with first-year Matt Garcia (Mamaroneck, N.Y.).

Nils Carlson (Worcester, Mass.) will start at designated hitter and will be a key bat in the line-up in the fifth spot behind Buco and Hanson. Carlson hit .296 in 27 at-bats last year.

Corey will be the catcher and bat seventh after hitting .269 last season. He will once again be backed up by Andrew Della Volpe (Concord, Mass.). Corey had a .995 fielding percentage after making just one error in 204 chances. First-year Blake Egan (Madison, Conn.) also will catch innings.

Goldberg, Hanson, and Ladd combined to throw for more than 130 innings and all three had earned run averages of 2.89 or less. Goldberg led the Mules in wins (4-2) and starter earned run average (2.47). Ladd was 3-2, had two saves, and finished with a 2.51 earned run average. Hanson had the best strikeout-walk ratio (53 to 15) and was 2-3 with a 2.89 ERA. The opponent hit just .220 off of Hanson.

"We have guys who can throw innings and throw strikes," Plummer said. "We want guys who can get first pitch strikes and aren't going to 3-and-0 counts."

Sophomore James Connelly (North Attleboro, Mass.) had a terrific first year, allowing the opponents only a .190 batting average. He had a 1.59 earned run average in 17 innings of relief and a 1-0 record. Connelly could get a couple starts in Florida and then settle in for his relief role on NESCAC weekends.

Plummer went after pitching depth with his first-year class and was successful. Garcia, Baron, Max Manos (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.), Louis Kraham (Maplewood, N.J.), Griffin Clark (Providence, R.I.), Bobby Forese (New Canaan, Conn.), and Dan Schoenfeld (Evanston, Ill.) will either start mid-week games or see time in relief. Sophomore Robert Donohue (Clinton, Mass.) also will see innings in relief.

First-year Matt Treveloni (Ashland, Mass.) will miss the entire season with an injury. He could have pitched and would have pushed for a starting spot in the outfield.

The Mules will head to Florida on Friday and play 12 games in eight days. Colby will not have a home game until April 10 against Bates.

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Re: Baseball 2015: Colby College

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Mar 25, 2015 4:15 am

COLBY BASEBALL USES HOT HITTING TO SWEEP HAMILTON

WINTER HAVEN, Fla., -- The Colby College baseball team pounded Hamilton College with 25 runs and 29 hits in a doubleheader sweep on Tuesday in Florida.

The Mules, who improved to 5-1 overall, won 15-5 in the opener and took a 10-3 victory in the second contest. Colby is off on Wednesday and will play two games with Keuka College on Thursday at noon.

Colby is hitting at a torrid pace in the opening six games. The Mules have a team batting average of .378 and are scoring 11.7 runs per game.

Dan Csaplar and Ryder Arsenault are both hitting .478 (11-for-23). Arsenault has 10 RBI, eight runs, and four triples. Csaplar has nine runs and eight RBI.

The Mules are also receiving some fine starting pitching. Scott Goldberg improved to 2-0 after allowing just three hits in five innings while striking out 10 and walking just one in the first game. In the nightcap, Greg Ladd gave up two earned runs, struck out two, and walked none in five innings in moving to 2-0.

Soren Hanson smacked a two-run homer among his two hits and finished with three RBI in the first game. Tommy Forese had a big day with two doubles among his three hits, four runs, and two RBI. Jason Buco added a pair of hits, two runs, and two RBI. Csaplar, Tim Corey, Arsenault, and Tyler Starks all had two hits.

Dan Schoenfeld pitched the final 1.2 innings for the Mules and allowed no earned runs.

Colby led 9-0 after scoring four runs in the top of the sixth inning. Hamilton struck for five runs in the bottom of the sixth, but the Mules closed the game with six runs in the seventh.

Hanson continued his hot hitting with a pair of doubles in the second game. Andrew Della Volpe was 3-for-4, Nils Carlson was 2-for-3 and scored twice, Andrew Currier had a two-run double and scored, and Chris Sonberg had two hits and one run. Starks, Arsenault, Forese, and Csaplar all had one hit, one run, and one RBI.

The Mules led 3-2 in the second game and then scored one in the fourth and six in the fifth to break the game open.

Colby 15, Hamilton 5 (1st game)
Colby............... 140 004 6 - 15 15 1
Hamilton............ 000 005 0 - 5 9 4
Pitchers: Colby - Scott Goldberg; Dan Csaplar(6); Dan Schoenfeld(6) and Tim Corey. Hamilton - Spencer Voge; Jacob Lanzko(6) and Tyler Reinho.
Win-Scott Goldberg (2-0) Loss-Spencer Voge(1-1). 2B: Tommy Forese (C), Jason Buco (C), Tim Corey (C), Ryan Wolfsbe (H), Dean Rosenbe (H). HR: Soren Hanson (C).
Colby 10, Hamilton 3 (2nd game)
Hamilton............ 000 200 1 - 3 7 3
Colby............... 300 160 X - 10 14 0
Pitchers: Hamilton - Finlay O'Har; Daniel DePao(6) and Brett Mele. Colby - Greg Ladd; Tim Corey(7) and Andrew Della Volpe. Win-Greg Ladd(2-1) Loss-Finlay O'Har(1-1). 2B: Tommy Forese (C), Soren Hanson (C) 2, Nils Carlson (C), Andrew Currier (C). 3B: Kenny Collin (H).

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Re: Baseball 2015: Colby College

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Mar 26, 2015 4:40 am

COLBY BASEBALL BEATS KEUKA IN FIRST GAME

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Nils Carlson had a two-run single in the fifth inning among his two hits as the Colby College baseball team took a 4-1 win over Keuka College in the first game of a doubleheader on Wednesday.

Colby (6-1 overall) trailed 1-0 after Keuka scored a lone run in the top of the second inning. The Mules tied the game with a run in the fourth inning and then scored three in the fifth inning.

Carlson also had a double and was hit by a pitch. Chris Sonberg, Tommy Forese, and Dan Csaplar all had one run and one hit. Tim Corey walked and delivered a sacrifice bunt, while Ryder Arsenault scored a run and was hit by a pitch.

Csaplar led off the fourth inning with a single and moved to second when Carlson was hit by a pitch. Corey's sacrifice bunt moved the runners up to second and third. After a pitcher change, Zach Ellenthal put down a suicide squeeze bunt to bring in Csaplar.

In the fifth inning, Chris Sonberg led off with a single and was sacrificed to second by Tyler Starks. Arsenault was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. After a hit by Forese loaded the bases, Keuka got an infield fly for the second out. Carlson drove in two runs and an error by Keuka's center fielder brought in Forese.

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Re: Baseball 2015: Colby College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Mar 28, 2015 6:31 am

COLBY BASEBALL AT 9-1 AFTER SWEEPING LAWRENCE

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- The Colby College baseball team moved to 9-1 on the season after sweeping a doubleheader from Lawrence University by 6-3 and 9-8 scores on Friday.

The Mules will face Castleton State on Saturday in a doubleheader at 11 a.m. The games are the final two on the Florida trip.

Andrew Currier had a dream doubleheader for the Mules. He hit for a doubleheader cycle with five hits that included a home run in the second game and a double and triple in the opener. Currier also drove in five runs and scored three times.

In the nine-inning nightcap, Colby scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to turn an 8-6 deficit into a 9-8 lead. Dan Csaplar pitched the eighth and Tommy Forese earned his second save of the day with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

In the opener, Csaplar joined Currier with three hits, scored two runs, and drove in one run. Ryder Arsenault finished with two hits and one RBI for the Mules.

The Mules received some solid pitching in the opener. Jake Connelly allowed two earned runs in 4.2 innings of work. Dan Schoenfeld earned the victory by allowing no hits or walks in 1.1 innings. Forese worked the seventh inning for the save.

Colby scored two runs in the sixth inning and one more in the top of the seventh to break a 3-3 tie. Currier had a one-out triple and scored when Tyler Starks doubled to left field. Arsenault came up with a single to bring in Starks for a 5-3 lead.

The Mules added an insurance run in the seventh. Csaplar had a one-out single and moved to second on a shortstop throwing error. Tim Corey's single moved Csaplar to third base and he scored on Zach Ellenthal's bunt.

Lawrence had single runs in the first, third, and fifth innings. Colby scored its other three runs in the second inning. Nils Carlson led off with a triple and scored on Csaplar's single to left. After a double by Ellenthal put Csaplar on third, Currier followed with another double to bring in both runners.

In the second game, John Baron went 3-for-3 and scored a run. Lowensohn was 2-for-2 and drove in two runs, while Ellenthal finished with a hit and two runs.

Robert Donohue came in during the fifth inning and earned the win. Csaplar did a fine set-up job in the eighth and Forese earned the save.

Colby trailed 8-6 heading into the bottom of the seventh. Arsenault had a one-out single, moved to second when Tyler Starks was hit by a pitch, and scored on Corey's single. Starks and Corey each advanced a base on the play. Carlson had a fielder's choice to the shortstop that brought in both runs.

Colby 6, Lawrence 3 (1st game)
Colby 030#002#1--6#12#1
Lawrence 101#010#0--3#10#1
Jake Connelly, Dan Schoenfeld (5, W), Tommy Forese (7, S) and Tim Corey; Andrew Doares (L), Phil Clark (6) and Travis Weber. 2B: Tyler Starks (C), Zach Ellenthal (C), Andrew Currier (C), Brandon Klar (L), Matthew Holiday (L). 3B: Nils Carlson (C), Andrew Currier (C), Jake Gordon (L).
Colby 9, Lawrence 8 (2nd game)
Lawrence 200#312#000--8#13#1
Colby 110#022#30x--9#13#3
Holiday, Jenkins (5), Gordon (5, L), Ogilvie (7). Clark, Donohue (5, W), Csaplar (8), Forese (9, S). 2B: Holiday (L), Ortiz (L), Lowensohn (C). 3B: Gordon (L), Baron (C), HR: Andrew Currier (C).

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Re: Baseball 2015: Colby College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Mar 29, 2015 5:04 am

COLBY BASEBALL ENDS FLORIDA TRIP WITH 9-3 RECORD

AUBURNDALE, Fla. -- Colby College's Tim Corey and Tommy Forese both had two hits in each game, but Castleton State had 14 extra-base hits in taking a 12-10 win in eight innings and then a 15-4 victory on Saturday in a non-league doubleheader.

The Mules had a terrific trip to Florida, finishing the week with a 9-3 record and showing mid-season form with the bats.

Colby had an 8-5 lead after three innings of the first game. Castleton fought back to take a 10-9 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth. The Mules scored once to tie the game before the winners scored two in the eighth.

Corey had two doubles, two runs, and two RBI in the opener. Forese and Tyler Starks both had two hits and one RBI. Nils Carlson had a double, three RBI, and walked twice.

Greg Ladd, who entered the game in the fourth inning, took the tough loss. He allowed just one earned run over five innings, struck out six, and walked one.

In the nightcap, Forese blasted a homer among his two hits. Corey finished with two hits and two RBI, while Jason Buco also had two hits.

Castleton 12, Colby 10 (1st game)
Castleton 212#320#02---12#13#0
Colby 422#101#00---10#11#3
Devin Hayes, Conner Johnson (3), Scott Michaels (4), Zac Harrington (8, W) and Nate Swahn. Scott Goldberg, Greg Ladd (L) and Tim Corey. 2B: Nick Swim (Ca), Zach Bahan (Ca), Jimmy Buckley (Ca), Jason Buco (Co), Nils Carlson (Co), Tim Corey (Co) 2. 3B: Jimmy Buckley (Ca), Nate Swahn (Ca).
Castleton 15, Colby 4 (2nd game)
Colby 100#030#0---4#9#2
Castleton 011#247#x---15#13#1
Dan Csaplar (L), Louis Kraham (5), Robert Donohue (6), Dan Schoenfeld (6) and Andrew Della Volpe. Sam Spencer (W) and Nate Swahn. 2B: Tim Corey (Co), Nick, Swim (Ca), Dan Errico (Ca), Tyler Hoare (Ca), Jimmy Buckley (Ca) 2. HR: Tommy Forese (Co), Zach Bahan (Ca), Dan Errico (Ca), Tyler Hoare (Ca), Nate Swahn (Ca).

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Re: Baseball 2015: Colby College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Apr 04, 2015 3:46 am

COLBY BASEBALL LOSES HEARTBREAKER NESCAC OPENER

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Colby College baseball team received a three-run inside-the-park home run from Dan Csaplar to take a 4-2 lead in the eighth inning, but Trinity College got a three-run walk-off home run from Daniel Pidgeon in the bottom of the ninth in a 5-4 win over the Mules on Friday at Hyland Park.

Colby falls to 9-4 overall and drops to 0-1 in a tough league opener loss. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday starting at noon. The Bantams moved to 9-5 overall and 1-0 in the conference.

The eighth inning started rough for Trinity after Ryder Arsenault reached on an error and Tommy Forese walked. Sam Jordan entered the game in relief for the Bantams and got two straight strikeouts. Csaplar brought in Arsenault and Forese with the thrilling inside-the-park homer.

The Mules got out of a small jam in the bottom of the eighth inning, but the ninth was a different story. The inning started out with a strikeout, but Bryan Wolfe drew a walk and Brendan Pier singled. Pidgeon followed with his big homer.

Arsenault went 2-for-4 and scored twice for the Mules. Forese had an RBI single in the first inning and later walked and scored in the eighth. Andrew Currier and Nils Carlson also had hits in the game.

Scott Goldberg worked 6.1 innings for the Mules and allowed just two earned runs.

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Re: Baseball 2015: Colby College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Apr 05, 2015 4:54 am

COLBY BASEBALL HAS HUGE LEAGUE DAY WITH SWEEP OF TRINITY

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Tommy Forese homered twice and doubled in the first game and Dan Csaplar had three hits and drove in three in the nightcap to give the Colby College baseball team 7-0 and 5-3 wins over Trinity College on Saturday at Hyland Park.

The Mules came ever so close to sweeping the series after allowing three in the ninth in a 5-4 loss to the Bantams on Friday.

Colby improves to 11-4 overall and 2-1 in NESCAC East play. The Mules play at University of Southern Maine on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and then are scheduled to host Bates College in a league game on Friday at 3 p.m.

Forese had two solo home runs in the first inning and third innings for the Mules. He later doubled in the fifth inning and walked in the seventh. Nils Carlson added two hits and an RBI, while Tim Corey drove in two runs and had one hit.

Soren Hanson threw a complete game for the Mules, striking out six, walking two, and allowing just four hits in the opening game shutout.

Forese had the early runs for a 2-0 lead on the homers. The Mules added a third run in the fourth inning when Csaplar led off with walk and stole second base. Zach Ellenthal had a one-out single to bring him in for the 3-0 margin.

Colby broke open the game in the top of the seventh with four runs. Tyler Starks walked to start the inning and stole second. Ryder Arsenault had an RBI single and also stole second. After a walk to Forese, the Mules scored another run on a shortstop error. Carlson singled to bring in the third run of the inning and Corey doubled to bring in the final run.

In the second game, Colby opened up a 5-1 lead and then held on for the victory. Greg Ladd earned the win with five innings of work, two strikeouts, and no walks. Csaplar was terrific in his relief stint, throwing three innings and allowing two hits, no walks, and two strikeouts. Forese pitched 1-2-3 ninth inning for the save.

Forese was on base three more times in the second game with a single and two walks. He had a one-out walk in the first and then stole second. With two outs, Hanson was hit by a pitch and Csaplar followed with an RBI single to bring in Forese. Corey smacked a two-run triple to plate Hanson and Csaplar.

After a Trinity run in the second, Colby had a lone run in the third. Hanson had a two-out double and scored on Csaplar's double.

The Bantams made it a game at 4-3 with a pair of runs in the fourth inning. The Mules got an insurance run in the fifth when Forese scored again on Csaplar's third straight hit.

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Re: Baseball 2015: Colby College

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Apr 07, 2015 2:54 am

HANSON NAMED NESCAC BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby College baseball player Soren Hanson (Billerica, Mass.) was honored as the New England Small College Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week after throwing a shutout against Trinity College on Saturday.

After the Mules suffered a tough 5-4 loss on a walk-off homer on Friday, Hanson came up big with a four-hit shutout in a 7-0 victory over the Bantams in the first game of a doubleheader. Hanson struck out six and walked two while allowing just one runner to reach second base after the first inning.

In the second game of the doubleheader, Hanson used his bat to go 1-for-3 (double) with two runs scored and a stolen base.

Hanson is 2-0 this season and has not allowed an earned run in 12 innings. He has given up just seven hits while striking out 11 and walking five. Hanson is just shy of the qualifying minimum for innings pitched among league leaders for earned run average.

Hanson has either played first base or was the designated hitter in seven games. He is hitting .353, has one home run, four doubles, five runs, and six RBI.

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Re: Baseball 2015: Colby College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Apr 12, 2015 10:05 am

DESPITE HOME RUN BY HANSON, COLBY BASEBALL FALLS

LEWISTON, Maine -- Despite a three-run home run by Colby College's Soren Hanson, Bates College scored four runs over the final three innings to pull out an 8-5 win over the Mules on Saturday in NESCAC East play at Leahey Field.

The Mules (11-5 overall, 2-2 NESCAC East) and the Bobcats will play a doubleheader Sunday at Bates starting at 1 p.m. Colby was considered the home team for Saturday's game.

After Bates scored twice in the first inning, the Mules took the lead with four runs in the third inning. Andrew Currier led off with a single and was bunted over to second by Tyler Starks. With two outs, Tommy Forese brought in Currier with a single and Jason Buco followed with another single. Soren then smacked his second homer of the season to left center.

Bates had singles runs in the fourth and fifth innings to tie the game at 4-4. Nate Pajka led off the fourth with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Mekae Hyde. Berto Diaz led off the fifth with a walk and later scored on a single by Ryan McCarthy.

The Bobcats took the lead for good at 6-4 with two runs in the top of the seventh inning. After getting the first two outs, the Mules gave up a double, two walks, and two singles. Dan Csaplar was able to get out of a bases loaded jam to keep the Mules in the game.

Colby scored its final run in the bottom of the seventh. Currier got on by error and later scored on an RBI by Ryder Arsenault.

The Bobcats, who had 11 hits, added two insurance runs in the ninth inning.

Forese had two hits, a run, and an RBI for Colby. Currier scored twice and had one hit, while Buco had one run and one hit.

Bates 8, Colby 5
Bates 200#110#202---8#11#3
Colby 004#000#100---5#6#2
Connor Colom (W), Rob DiFranco (7, S) and Mekae Hyde; Scott Goldberg (L), Dan Schoenfeld (7), Dan Csaplar (7), Tommy Forese (9) and Tim Corey. 2B: Nate Pajka (B), Sam Berry (B) 2, John Dinucci (B). HR: Soren Hanson (C).

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Re: Baseball 2015: Colby College

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:42 am

HANSON WINS AGAIN FOR COLBY BASEBALL IN SPLIT WITH BATES

LEWISTON, Maine -- Soren Hanson pitched another gem in Colby College's 5-2 victory over Bates College in the opener of a baseball doubleheader, but the Bobcats bounced back for a 17-0 victory in the second game Sunday.

Colby moves to 12-6 overall and 3-3 in the NESCAC East, while the Bobcats are 8-9 and 3-2 in the league.

Hanson finally gave up an earned run in his third start of the season. He pitched 6.1 innings, struck out seven, and walked two. Hanson has a 3-0 record and a 0.49 earned run average.

The Mules scored first in the top of the fourth inning off first-year Connor Speed, who hit Nils Carlson with a pitch to lead off the inning. Carlson came around to score after a Tim Corey single and a Zach Ellenthal double.

After Bates tied the game in the bottom of the inning, Colby's Tyler Starks and Ryder Arsenault both reached on Bates errors to lead off the fifth, and both scored for a 3-1 lead, with an RBI single by Tommy Forese and a run-scoring fielder's choice.

Colby extended its lead in the sixth as Dan Csaplar singled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Corey, and scored on Ellenthal's single and second RBI of the game. In the seventh, the Mules made it 5-1 as Forese was hit by a pitch, stole second base, and scored on Jason Buco's single up the middle.

Bates managed a run in the bottom of the seventh, but Forese earned his fourth save of the season by getting the last two outs.

The Bobcats scored four runs in the first inning and had six innings with two or more runs. Nate Pajka had three doubles and scored five runs.

Forese and Peter McAuliffe had Colby's only two hits of the game.

Colby 5, Bates 2 (1st game)
Colby 000#121#1--5#7#1
Bates 000#100#1--2#8#3
Soren Hanson (W, 3-0), Tommy Forese (7, S, 4) and Tim Corey; Speed (L, 1-2), Maliska (5), Russell (6) and Hyde. 2B: Zach Ellenthal (C), Jackson (B).
Bates 17, Colby 0 (2nd game)
Colby 000#000#000-0#2#3
Bates 420#202#52x-17#16#1
Greg Ladd (L, 3-3), Louis Kraham (3), Dan Schoenfeld (6), Robert Donohue (7) and Della Volpe, Egan (8). 2B: Pajka (B) 3, Canavan (B), Reeastiema (B).

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