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Baseball at 6-0 to start season after doubleheader sweep

AUBURNDALE, Fla. -- The winning streak to start the season reached six games after the Colby College baseball team took a convincing 14-1 win in the opener and an 8-7 victory in the second game against Union College on Tuesday.

The Mules, since the NESCAC started a playoff system in 2001, had never started with a 6-0 record.
 
“We’re playing gritty baseball, not letting the adversity of baseball stand in our way. We keep learning and working to win the next pitch," Colby head coach Jesse Woods said. "I am so proud of this group. It has been a total team effort, everyone has made contributions on the field, in the dugout, and in the bullpen. This is a really fun team to watch right now."
 
Colby will try to make it seven in a row with another game against St. Thomas. The Mules took an 11-10 win in the first game.
 
Game 1 highlights
* Emery Dinsmore worked six innings in his first start of the season, struck out seven Union batters, and walked two. Alex Wieder pitched the seventh inning and had two strikeouts.
 
* The Mules are averaging about 10 runs per game. 
 
* William Wessman ripped a three-run home run in the first inning. He had two hits, two runs, and drove in four. 
 
*  Chris Romano (pictured) has been on fire for the Mules in the ninth spot in the order. He had a solo home run in the second inning, went 2-for-2 on the day, scored three times, and drove in two runs.
 
*  Besides the two home runs, Colby had five other extra-base hits Tuesday. Romano smacked a triple and the Mules received doubles from Wessman, Will Phillips, Dylan Nastri, and Keenan Iuliano. 
 
* Iuliano had two hits, two runs, and drove in two runs. Phillips, Matt Mitchell, and Andrew Russell also had two hits. Mitchell and Russell both scored two runs.
 
* After Wessman's homer to left field in the first inning, Jonah Katz singled through the right side to bring in Nastri with the fourth run of the inning.
 
* Romano's homer to left in the second inning highlighted a three-run inning. Wessman's double to center field brought in Mitchell and Russell singled to center to plate Wessman for a 7-0 margin.
 
* The Mules added two more runs in the third inning. Phillips had a single to bring in Iuliano and Romano scored on a throwing error by the catcher.
 
* Colby put up four more runs in the fourth inning, thanks to three extra-base hits. Iuliano had a two-run double to score Mark Sunoo and Russell. Romano then tripled to bring in Iuliano. Phillips had a ground-rule double to score Romano with the 13th run.
 
* The Mules' final run was scored by Russell after a single by Tyler Mulberry and then a throwing error from the right fielder. 
 
Game 2 highlights
* The Mules went pitcher by committee, with six hurlers throwing no more than 2.1 innings. Alexander Wieder, the third pitcher for the Mules, earned the victory. John Doyle picked up his second save of the season with five strikeouts. Colby won the game despite walking 12 batters.
 
"I don’t know that I have ever coached a game that we walked 12 guys and won, but this team is relentless and just keeps competing," Woods said. 
 
* Wessman continues to swing a hot bat, adding three more hits and a run scored. Tommy McGee had a double and triple to go along with a run and an RBI. Sunoo smacked a two-run homer to start a comeback for Colby.
 
* Mulberry had two hits, stole two bases, scored a run, and drove in a run for the Mules. Russell had two hits, two RBI, and a run. Ryan Nakajima also had a hit and scored.
 
* Mule catchers Ryan Hecht and Taimu Ito combined for two hits, one run, one RBI, and a stolen base.
 
* Trailing 5-2 at one point, the Mules scored five runs in the fifth inning to go ahead. Russell had a two-run double to bring in Wessman and Nakajima. Sunoo followed with his home run to right field to bring in Russell. With Mulberry on base, McGee hit his double to bring in the fifth run.
 
* The Mules added one run in the seventh inning on Mulberry's single to bring in Ito.