FARMINGTON, Maine – Colby College rallied to win game one and held off a University of Maine at Farmington rally in game two, sweeping the Beavers 2-1 and 10-6 in a non-conference baseball doubleheader Tuesday at Hippach Field.
UMaine-Farmington fell to 9-22 overall with the losses on its "senior day", while Colby improved to 11-20 overall with the victories.
The Beavers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning of game one when senior Brian Jenkins (Gorham, Maine/Gorham) reached on a one-out single, and scored on Colin Mello's (Windham, Maine/Windham) double to left-center.
Colby pulled in front with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth. Tim Corey (Framingham, Mass.) hit a home run just inside the foul pole of Hippach Field's 265-foot short porch in right field, and Alec Finigan (Milton, Mass.) followed up with a double. Finigan was bunted over to second, and crossed with the game-winning run on Tyler Starks' (Milton, Mass.) single through the right side.
Mules' reliever Mark Nelson (Walpole, Mass.) yielded a double to Farmington pinch hitter Dustin McCrossin (Yarmouth, Maine/Yarmouth) and Brett Wallingford (Sanford, Maine/Sanford) drew a one-out walk to put the winning run aboard. But Nelson fanned the top two batters in the Farmington order, Dale Winchenbach (Waldoboro, Maine/Medomak Valley) and Jenkins to clinch the win.
Colby starter Ian Bezahler (Woodbridge, Conn.) got the win after scattering seven Farmington hits while allowing one run with five strikeouts, while Nelson earned the save.
Farmington senior Casey Ashey (Searsport, Maine/Searsport) turned in a strong performance in his final outing, allowing just seven hits – three of which were in the two-run sixth – with five strikeouts in the complete game loss.
In game two, Colby broke a one-run game wide open with five runs in the top of the fifth, taking a 9-3 lead.
Jake Kramer (Medfield, Mass.) opened the inning with a base hit, and bunt singles by Corey and Finigan loaded the bases. Nils Carlson (Worcester, Mass.) plated two runs with a single up the middle, and Colin Cummings (Ashburn, Va.) singled home another run on the very next at bat. Starks forced in two more runs later in the frame with a double to right field.
Farmington got three runs back in the home half of the fifth thanks to on an RBI double by Matt Woodbury (Fairfield, Maine/Lawrence) and singles from Zach Keene (Livermore, Maine/Livermore Falls) and Ben Keene (Livermore, Maine/Spruce Mountain) – all with one out. Colby reliever Daniel Csaplar (Winchester, Mass.) induced a line out to third and a ground out to shortstop, getting the Mules out of the bases loaded jam.
A messy top-half of the seventh produced one run on two singles and two walks, extending Colby's lead to 10-6. A late hit call on Ethan Jean's (Jackson, Maine/Mt. View) diving attempt at Starks' lined ball into center field with bases loaded produced the run, but also produced a force out at second when the runner at first thought a catch had been made. Farmington reliever Tom Grady (Whitefield, Maine/Erskine Academy) eventually got out of the inning with fielder's choice grounder to short and a fly ball to third base.
The Beavers managed to load up the bases in the bottom of the seventh, including singles by Zach Keene and Jean, but couldn't get any additional runs across.
Glenn Parsons (Westwood, Mass.) allowed four earned runs on eight hits to earn the win for his four-and-a-third innings of work, while Csaplar earned the save. Farmington freshman Jory Humphrey (Jefferson, Maine/Erskine Academy) was tagged with the loss after allowing eight runs, seven earned, on nine hits with two walks.
UMaine-Farmington closes its 2013 season on Wednesday, May 1, when it travels to Orono to face the University of Maine. Colby will head to Lewiston on Friday, May 3, to face Bates College.