WATERVILLE, Maine – On a crisp, windy evening under the lights at Colby College, the Mules' battle with neighboring Husson University looked to be playing out as a pitchers' duel. Although Will Phillips scored on Keenan Iuliano's double to right field in the first inning for the Mules, solid pitching from Colby starter Paul Ariolo and Husson pitcher Ryan Allender, as well as inspired defense, held both offenses quiet until the fourth inning.
Then the Mules' bats erupted. Iuliano began the inning with a walk before being forced out at second on a fielder's choice, but the early baserunner would catalyze an offensive push for Colby. Tommy McGee scored the first run of the inning on Jackson Ward's bases loaded RBI single. Two batters later, the bases still loaded, Tyler Mulberry scored on a past ball, bringing the score to 3-1. With two outs, the Mules bats were just heating up. A Matt Mitchell walk loaded the bases again, setting up Will Phillips for a bases clearing triple that gave Colby a 6-3 lead. William Wessman singled in Phillips before Colby loaded the bases again on subsequent walks to Iuliano and McGee. Catcher Taimo Ito made Husson pay, launching a grand slam that propelled the Mules to a 11-1 lead. Colby never looked back. Wessman padded the lead with a home run in the 8th and the Mules withstood a 9th inning comeback by Husson to win 12-6.
Pitcher Paul Ariolo picked up the win for Colby, holding Husson to two hits over five scoreless innings and striking out five. Andrew Sterup, Alexander Wieder, and Will Cohen combined in relief to secure the victory for the Mules.
Head coach Jesse Woods credited the Mules depth of contribution as the source of the victory. "Great team win for the Mules tonight. It was good to see so many guys contribute to the win. Paul gave us a great start on the mound, Sterup came in and did great job as well. Taimu and Wessman with bombs and Will Phillips with the bases clearing triple. Just a total team effort tonight."
Colby looks to continue their momentum on Wednesday at home against the University of Farmington at 4:00 PM (EST).