|Husson University||Colby College|
WATERVILLE, Maine — Austin Smith earned the win and three Husson University relievers combined to allow only two hits over the final four innings in the Eagles’ 6-4 victory over Colby College in non-conference baseball Tuesday night.
Husson improves to 16-12 overall, while the Mules drop to 7-17.
Colby had a 10-6 advantage in hits, but the Mules hurt their own cause with five errors. The Eagles also had six walks to get runners on base and only committed one error.
Alex Chapman had two hits, a run, and an RBI to lead the Eagles. Logan Rogerson added two runs and one hit, while Ryan Reber had one hit, one run, and one RBI.
Andrew Della Volpe finished with three hits, one run, and an RBI for Colby. Ben Coleman added two hits and one run. Matt Garcia hit his first home run of the season.
Smith gave up eight hits over five innings, but struck out six and walked none. Nick Guerrette pitched the final two innings for his third save of the season, allowing no hits and striking out two. Jesse Colford pitched 1.1 innings, did not allow a hit, and also struck out two.
John Baron pitched a scoreless seventh inning and Dan Schoenfeld went the final two innings without allowing a hit for Colby.
With one out in the second, Christian Cornell was hit by a pitch and moved to second on Chapman’s single. The runners moved over a base on a Matthew Smith ground out. On an unusual play, Mule starter Bobby Forese had a ball in the dirt that catcher Della Volpe blocked and dribbled about eight yards to his left. Della Volpe tried to make a quick flip throw to Forese to get Cornell coming in from third base, but the ball got past him and went up the first base line. That allowed Chapman to score all the way from second on a headfirst slide.
The Mules got one of the runs back in the bottom of the second when Garcia led off with a home run.
Coleman helped Colby tie the game at 2-2 in the third inning. He had a one-out single, stole second base, and then took third on a balk. Matt Treveloni, the leading hitter on the Mules, singled to bring in Coleman.
The Eagles went up 5-2 with three runs in the fifth inning. Rogerson had a one-out single, moved to second on a walk to Mike Wong, and took third on an error. Rebar reached on a fielder’s choice, Wong advanced to third, and Rogerson scored on another error.
After a pitching change, Rebar stole second base and Sam Huston walked to load the bases. Cornell followed with another walk to force in Wong from third. Chapman singled to bring in Reber with the other run.
In the sixth inning, Rogerson walked with one out and stole second base to get in scoring position. Reber came up with a single to bring in Rogerson.
The Mules bounced back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to get back in the game. Keenan Iuliano doubled to lead off the inning and scored on Della Volpe’s double. Della Volpe tagged and took third based on a long fly out to center field. William Wessman brought in the final run with a sacrifice fly to center field.