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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: March 23, 2007
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College baseball team heads to Arizona as the 2007 season starts on Saturday.
The baseball team will play 10 games in the Greater Phoenix Invitational in Arizona, starting with a doubleheader against Middlebury College at 3 p.m. (EST) on Saturday.
Interim head coach Dale Plummer, who was Colby's pitching coach last year, has a number of key players returning from last season's 10-21 squad.
Andy Carr '07 returns at third base after leading the Mules in batting average (.408), total hits (49), doubles (13), homers (4), RBI (37) and slugging percentage (.633). Carr earned NESCAC first team all-conference honors and will be a captain for the second straight season.
Tom Salemy '07 (.325 batting average), Colin Riggs '08 (.304), Craig Cooper '09 (.287) and Nick Spillane '08 (.280) are other top hitters returning for the Mules. Salemy was second on the team in doubles (10) and tied for the team lead in stolen bases (10).
Brian Liberty '07 did not make an error in the outfield last year, while John Murphy '09 received few at-bats and still managed to hit .292.
Sophomore pitchers Justin Clark '09 and Zachary Helm '09 had the best earned run averages for Colby while seeing innings in relief and as starters. Sam Kennedy-Smith '08 also returns after leading the Mules in innings pitched (39.2). Colby has 15 pitchers on the roster, including some first-year hurlers who will get time on the mound.
Steve Sandak '07, Kyle McKay '09 and Adam Curatolo '08 all saw time at catcher last year.