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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: April 29, 2011
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Colby College fought back from a 9-2 deficit to take the lead, but Bates College scored three runs in the final two innings to pull out a wild 12-10 victory over the Mules in NESCAC East baseball play Friday at Coombs Field.
The Bobcats move to 16-14 overall and 3-7 in the conference, while Colby falls to 11-18 and 0-9.
Griff Tewksbury went 3-for-5 with a three-run home run and a double for Bates. Tewksbury's two-out three-run homer in the third inning gave the Bobcats a 3-0 margin. The Mules did battle back with two runs in the bottom of the third, with one run coming in on a bases loaded walk to John Schroeder.
Bates seemed to take control with six runs in the top of the fifth for a 9-2 lead. Chris Burke had a two-run single and Gordy Webb and Kevin McGregor both had RBI singles.
The Mules scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth thanks to a Bates error and when John Lerner reached on a fielder's choice.
Colby went ahead 10-9 with six runs in the seventh inning. Robb Arndt had a two-run single, Brandon Nieuw and Lerner each had RBI walks, and Nikolas Atsalis drove in another run with a sacrifice fly.
Bates tied the game with a single run in the eighth when Ryan Sonberg came around to score from second base on a Colby error. The Bobcats then received a two-run double from Rich Velotta in the ninth inning for what ended up as the game-winning runs.
Sonberg was on base four times with two hits, a hit by pitch, and a walk. Webb added three hits and Jake Simon had three walks for the Bobcats.
Richard Newton had three hits to lead the Mules. Mastrocola was on base four times and had two hits, while Arndt scored a pair of runs and was on base four times.
Bates 12, Colby 10
Paul Chiampa, Pat Siebenlist (7), Michael Spinosa (7, S) and Gordy Webb; Dom Morrill, Brady Hesslein (5), Lucas Geoghegan (5), Greg Ladd (5), Mark Nelson (8, L) and John Schroeder. 2B: Ryan Sonberg (B), Griff Tewksbury (B), Rich Velotta (B), Richard Newton (C), Mike Mastrocola (C). HR: Griff Tewksbury (B).