WATERVILLE, Maine --- Colby College's Jason Buco (Metheun, Mass.) homered and had three runs scored, but Trinity College scored all seven of its runs after the fourth inning in a 7-5 win over the Mules in New England Small College Athletic Conference play Friday at Coombs Field.
Michael Rueger (Teaneck, N.J.) hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to break a scoreless game.
The Bantams move to 12-5 overall and 1-0 in the league, while the Mules fall to 7-6 overall and 0-1 in the conference. The same teams meet for a doubleheader on Coombs Field on Saturday at noon.
Colby starting pitcher Brady Hesslein (Newton, Mass.) was strong through four innings and got the first two batters out in the fifth. The Bantams' Connor Sullivan (Fairfield, Conn.) had a single and Rueger followed with his homer for a 2-0 margin.
The Mules recovered one of the runs in the bottom of the fifth when first-year outfielder Buco homered to lead off the inning.
Trinity added two more runs in the sixth inning on an RBI single from Luke Auger (Avon, Conn.) to bring in Bryan Wolfe (La Habra Heights, Calif.) and a sacrifice fly by David Casanova (Bristol, Conn.) that brought in Stephen Rogers (Watertown, Mass.).
The Bantams made it 5-2 with a lone run in the seventh inning. Rueger led off with a single and eventually scored on an RBI groundout by Kevin Mortimer (Spencer, Mass.).
Buco scored the second of his three runs when he led off the seventh inning with a walk and later scored on a Trinity error.
Both teams managed two runs in the eighth inning for a 7-4 game. Trinity's Kyle Decker (Simsbury, Conn.) scored from third base on a wild pitch and Sullivan had an RBI single. Meanwhile, the Mules had an RBI single from Nathan Ellis (Milton, Mass.) to bring in Luke Duncklee (Augusta, Maine) and Buco stole home for the other score.
Colby had the tying run at the plate in the ninth inning, but managed just one run. Nik Atsalis (West Hyannis Port, Mass.) led off with a double and went to third on a wild pitch. After a walk to Brendan Gallagher (Dublin, N.H.), Mike Mastrocola (Southbury, Conn.) had a sacrifice fly to left field to bring in Atsalis for the final run of the game.
Robert Gau (Westport, Conn.) pitched the first three innings for Trinity. Ben Goldberg (Plainview, N.Y.) started the fourth inning and earned his third win of the season.
Hesslein finished with five strikeouts and one walk in his seven innings of work.
Rueger had three hits, two runs, and two RBI to pace the Bantams. Wolfe, Auger, and Sullivan each had a pair of hits.
Buco walked twice to go along with his home run.
Trinity 7, Colby 5
Trinity............. 000 022 120 0 - 7 12 3
Colby............... 000 010 121 X - 5 6 0
Gau, B. Goldberg (3, W, 3-0), Donovan (7, S) and Auger; B. Hesslein (L, 2-1), C. Sullivan (8), M. Nelson (8) and Schroeder, Gallagher (8). 2B
- M. Rueger; N. Atsalis. HR - M. Rueger; J. Buco. '