Colby baseball earns split with Tufts

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: April 26, 2008
MEDFORD, Mass. --- The Colby College baseball team earned one of their biggest wins in this decade as the Mules took a 7-6 victory over Tufts University in the first game of a doubleheader in New England Small College Athletic Conference baseball on Saturday.

Tufts came back to take a 17-3 win over the Mules in the nightcap.

Colby beat the Jumbos for the first time since the 2001 season and the Mules may have clinched a winning season as well. Colby is 16-13 overall and 3-8 in NESCAC East play with games against Bates College and Bowdoin College this week to end the season. The Mules did have a game postponed with Thomas College, but that contest may not be made up.

Colby got an unearned run in the top of the seventh inning to make the score 7-4 and that run proved to be important after the Jumbos scored twice in the bottom of the inning. Ryan Murphy allowed a two-run homer in the inning, but closed the door for his fourth save of the season.

Ryan Conlon had two hits, including a two-run homer in the fifth inning, to lead the Mules. Ken Kaufman went 3-for-3 with a pair of runs, while Nick Spillane had two hits and three RBI. Kyle McKay also had two hits and Colin Riggs had one hit, one run, and one RBI. Spillane had a two-run single in a three-run first inning and added an RBI double in the fifth inning.

RT Tourek improved to 2-0 this season for Colby with 4.1 innings of work. Bobby Whelan came in to spell Tourek before Murphy closed out the contest.

In the second game, Colby got off to a 3-0 lead thanks to a sacrifice fly by Spencer Jacobson and a two-run homer by Michael Cuqua. Tufts (16-13, 6-6 NESCAC East) exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the second to pull away for good.

John LaMantia and Cuqua each had two hits in the second game for the Mules.

Colby 7, Tufts 6 (1st game)

Colby          300#030#1---7#12#1

Tufts          000#130#2---6#9#1

Tourek (W), Whelan (5), Murphy (6, S, 4) and McKay; Protano (L), Stefaniak (3), Gibbs (5), Dilday (7) and Perry. 2B: Spillane (C), Ragonese (T). HR: Conlon (C), Pontes (T), Rose (T)

Tufts 17, Colby 3 (2nd game)

Colby          030#000#000---3#7#4

Tufts          071#800#10x---17#15#1

Clark (L, 2-3), Brettingen (2), Helm (4), Moore (4), Peet (8) and Cuqua, Curatolo (7); O'Donnell (W, 5-1) and Perry. 2B: LaMantia (C), Newton (C), Casey (T), Goldberg (T), Lerusche (T), Rose (T). HR: Cuqua (C).

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