Baseball earns huge doubleheader sweep of Tufts

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: April 14, 2012
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Jason Buco hit another home run Saturday against Tufts. (Dustin Satloff '15 photo).

MEDFORD, Mass. --- The Colby College baseball team had arguably the greatest day on the baseball diamond in more than 10 years after taking 5-2 and 10-4 victories over Tufts University in a New England Small College Athletic Conference East Division doubleheader on Saturday at Huskins Field.
The Mules had lost 30 of the last 31 games to the Jumbos, who entered today at 13-6 overall and a 14-4 winner over the Mules on Friday.
Colby scored early in both games and held the leads with good pitching. The Mules scored four runs in the first inning of each game to take early leads. Junior starter Brady Hesslein (Newton, MA) in game one and senior Connor Sullivan (Hamilton, MA) in game two pitched well to give Colby the sweep.

The wins were the first two of the season in NESCAC East play for Colby, which improved to 11-12 overall and 2-4 in the division. The Jumbos are 13-8 overall and 4-5 in the NESCAC East.

Colby's Jason Buco (Methuen, MA) led off game one with a home run and Colby scored four times in the inning. Robb Arndt (Yarmouth, ME) also singled home a run and scored in the inning.

Hesslein got through the first three innings scoreless, and then the Mules added to their lead with a two-out run in the fourth. Buco doubled and scored on a single by Nik Atsalis (West Hyannisport, MA).

Tufts narrowed the gap to 5-2 in the bottom of the fourth. Senior DH Matt Collins (Hopkinton, MA) led off with his second home run of the season. Wade Hauser (Palo Alto, CA) then reached second on an error, stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Tom Howard (Rockville Centre, NY).

However, Hesslein would retire the final 11 Jumbo batters to earn his third win of the year. He allowed just four hits and two runs (one earned) with two strikeouts and no walks in his seven innings.

Buco was 4-for-4 with two runs and an RBI at the top of the Colby line-up. Atsalis and Arndt also had two hits, scored a run and drove home one for the winners.

In the second game, a two-run double by Colby senior catcher Brendan Gallagher (Dublin, NH) keyed a four-run first inning. Senior Mike Mastrocola (Southbury, CT) also singled home a run and scored in the first. The Mules then struck for six more in the second inning to lead 10-0. Arndt, Luke Duncklee (Augusta, ME),Taro Gold (Belmont, MA) and Brandon Nieuw (Port Chester, NY) had RBI's in the inning, while a Tufts error led to the other two runs.

The Jumbos got four back in the bottom of the second, including a three-run double by senior SS Sam Sager (Cranston, RI). Collins followed with an RBI single.

The game was scoreless from then on. Sullivan, who entered with one out in the Tufts second, allowed just four hits and no runs with two strikeouts and a walk in 7.2 innings for the victory. For Tufts, senior Jake Crawford (Boise, ID), freshman Tom Ryan (Walpole, MA), senior Kevin Gilchrist (Medford, MA) and freshman Joe Harrington (Burke, VA) all pitched scoreless innings of relief.

Colby had 16 hits in the nightcap. Duncklee (3-for-4 with two RBI and a run), Matrocola (2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI) and Gallagher (2-for-4 with two RBI and a run) were the leading producers.
Colby hosts Maine-Farmington for a single game on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
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