Colby 14, Bates 12
COLBY WINS SLUGFEST WITH BATES, 14-12
LEWISTON, Maine Six different players had home runs today as the visiting Colby College White Mules outlasted the Bates College Bobcats in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) baseball contest, 14-12, in Lewiston.
Colby's (7-12, 2-5 NESCAC) offensive charge was led by rookie C Eric Roy (Lisbon Falls, Maine) and junior CF Jon Lord (Dublin, N.H.), each of whom went deep twice and had three RBI in the contest. First-year LF Brandon Irwin (Alexandria, NH) added a double and a home run with three RBI. Bates (2-19, 0-9 NESCAC) got round trippers from senior 1B Matt Pound (Santa Fe, N.M.), senior SS Christian Galligher (Mont Vernon, NH) and junior DH John Merriman (Clinton, Mass.).
Colby broke open a 3-3 tie with six runs in the sixth inning, including Lord's first home run and an RBI double by senior Andy Tripp (Saco, Maine). After Roy's first blast opened the lead to 10-3, Bates scored three runs in three straight innings. Senior Ben Bines (Lexington, Mass.) started the charge with a two-run double in the seventh, cutting the lead to 10-6 before Lord and Roy each hit two-run homers in the eighth to push the lead back to 14-6. Bates tacked on three unearned runs in the eighth and Merriman's three-run blast in the bottom of the ninth cut Colby's lead to two runs, but the Bobcats could not complete the comeback. First-year hurler Brandon Royce (Augusta, Maine) improved to 3-2 with the win, while Bates sophomore Ryan Weaver (Canton, Ohio) absorbed the loss, falling to 2-5.
Colby (7-12, 2-5) 001 026 140 - 14 13 4 Bates (2-19, 0-9) 000 120 333 - 12 12 3 B: Ryan Weaver, Billy Karz (6), Chris Gwozdz (8) and Ben Donaldson. C: Brandon Royce, Matt Gibson (7), Dan Deacon (7) and Eric Roy. W: Royce (3-2) L: Weaver (2-5) 2B: B, Ben Bines, Matt Pound, Rob Maguire, Justin Pats; C, Brandon Irwin, Andy Tripp, Kevin Brunelle. HR: B, Pound (2), Christian Galligher (1), John Merriman (1); C, Jon Lord 2 (4), Eric Roy 2 (2), Irwin (1). Multiple hitters: B, Merriman 3, Pats, Pound, Nate Maxwell. C, Roy 3, Brunelle 3, Irwin, Lord.