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Mitchell, Iuliano spark offensive eruption in victory over Owls

WATERVILLE, Maine – Colby Baseball, whose games this past weekend against Tufts were postponed, hosted the University of Maine Preque Isle for an afternoon game on Monday. Though quiet at first, the Mules' bats erupted in the second half of the game and Colby earned a dominant win over the Owls.

Presque Isle took an early lead when they scored three times in the first inning, and then chased Colby starting pitcher Brooks Parker in the third when Jacob Moreno hit an RBI double to make it 4-0. The Mules started slowly on offense, getting a base runner in each of the first four innings but never stringing together enough hits to generate any runs.

That all changed in the fifth. Colby's patience at the plate began to pay off and a William Wessman walk drove in Chris Romano, who had singled to start the inning, for the Mules' first run of the game. Matt Mitchell scored on the next play when Ryan Hecht hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield before Keenan Iuliano's single scored Wessman to bring the Mules to within one run of Presque Isle. Colby continued its small ball approach in the inning, with Wessman stealing third before scoring on a throwing error by the catcher, tying the game at four. After a Tyler McGee walk, Colby pinch hitter Dylan Nastri singled to score Iuliano, giving Colby a lead they would not relinquish.

Colby used its momentum from the fifth inning to take a commanding lead in the sixth. The Mules took a 6-4 lead when Will Wessman doubled home Will Phillips, who had stolen second after getting hit by a pitch. Wessman scored on the next play on a single by Ryan Hecht, who advanced to second and then scored on a subsequent single by Keenan Iuliano. Not to be outdone, McGee, Nastri and Jackson Ward kept the rally alive with singles of their own, scoring Iuliano and then McGee. The Mules were not finished, though. Dylan Nastri scored on a sacrifice fly by Chris Romano before Matt Mitchell, who was Colby's first batter of the inning, singled in Ward. Phillips drove in the last run of the frame with an RBI triple to give the Mules a 13-4 lead.

While relief pitchers Cameron Garfield, Patrick Carbone, Andrew Sterup, and Paul Ariola kept the Owls bats quiet, the Mules continued to produce runs, scattering hits around the field to score four more times in the eight inning. Chris Romano scored on a Matt Mitchell double before Mitchell came home on Mark Sunoo's single. After Sunoo advanced to third on a Wessman groundout, Jonah Katz collected his first RBI of the game, singling to drive in Sunoo. Katz scored the last run of the game, coming home on a single by Quinn Burke and securing a 17-4 victory for the Mules. Along with a season high 17 runs, Colby recorded a season high 19 hits, including four by leadoff hitter Matt Mitchell and three by Keenan Iuliano.

Colby plays next at home against Bates Collge on Friday at 4:00 PM (EST) for the first game of their season series with the Bobcats.