Baseball to go extra day after darkness stops game

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: April 15, 2011

WATERVILLE, Maine --- After playing for nearly three hours and 30 minutes, the Colby College and Tufts University baseball teams will have to finish on Saturday after the teams battled to a 9-9 game after nine innings on Friday in a contest the umpires had to call because of darkness.

The teams started at 4 p.m. and ended about 7:20 p.m. after the Mules failed to score in the bottom of the ninth inning. The game will resume at noon Saturday with the start of the 10th inning. Colby and Tufts will then play the regularly scheduled New England Small College Athletic Conference doubleheader.

The 25th-ranked Jumbos (12-4-1 overall, 6-0 NESCAC East) scored four runs in the first inning, two in the second, and had three in the third inning to take a 9-5 lead on the Mules. Colby (10-11 overall, 0-3 NESCAC East) chipped away with one run in the bottom of the third, one in the fourth, one in the fifth, and a lone run in the seventh.

John Schroeder doubled to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning for the Mules. He moved to second after John Lerner walked, took third on a wild pitch, and then tied the game on an RBI single by Nikolas Atsalis.

Tufts started the game unusually by scoring four runs on just one hit – a leadoff single by David LeResche. The Mules had three straight errors in the inning and then had back-to-back walks as the Jumbos took the early lead.

Colby answered with four runs of its own in the first inning. The Mules loaded the bases after Richard Newton doubled, Atsalis reached on an error, and then Brendan Gallagher was hit by a pitch. Mike Mastrocola had an RBI walk to bring home Newton. After an out, Taro Gold singled to bring in Atsalis to cut the margin in half. Gold was thrown out trying to steal second base, but Mastrocola was able to score from third base. Brandon Nieuw followed with a sacrifice fly to tie the contest.

Eric Weikert had an RBI single and Sam Sager drove in the other Jumbo run on a groundout as Tufts scored two in the second inning. Colby got one run back when Schroeder led off with a single, moved to second when John Lerner was hit by a pitch, took third on a groundout by Newton, and scored on a groundout by Atsalis.

Tufts scored three runs in the third inning after the Mules got the first two outs of the inning. Sager's RBI single brought in LeResche, who started the rally with a walk. The Jumbos then scored two unearned runs after a Colby error.

The Mules' Gold doubled and then scored on a Nieuw single in the bottom of the third. Lerner led off the Colby fourth with a double and was brought in on Newton's RBI single. Gold led off the fifth with a single and later scored on a Tufts error. Gold was 3-for-4 and scored two runs. Schroeder had two hits and a pair of runs, while Lerner was on base in three of his four opportunities.

David Orlowitz scored three runs, had one single, two walks, and was hit by a pitch for the Jumbos. LeResche finished with two hits and two walks to go with a pair of runs. Weikert also had two hits and walked twice, while Ian Goldberg finished with three walks.

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