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Baseball—2010-11 Season Overview
2011 Season Outlook
The Colby College baseball team will be determined to out-work the opponents during the off-season by staying focused and accountable in the weight room and pushing one another in off-season workouts. The results, the Mules hope, is victories and a strong presence in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.
Heading into the 2011 season, the Mules return 11 position players who started in conference games last spring and all had significant roles on the squad. The majority of the regular starting lineup from 2010 and all but one member of the pitching staff – hurler Matt Moore '10 – return this spring.
Veteran pitchers were responsible for 70 percent of the team's victories a year ago. The staff will be led by senior tri-captain Dom Morrill, who had the third lowest earned run average in the NESCAC at 3.16 and junior Mark Collins with a 4.29 earned run average and just 17 allowed hits in 21 innings in nine relief appearances. Abhi Chandel and Connor Sullivan combined for nine starts in 2010 and will see quality innings in 2011. Left-handed sophomores Nate Sugarbaker (4.25 ERA, 25 innings) and Brady Hesslein (3.14 ERA, 13 relief appearances) both played significant roles last year and are expected to perform in critical situations again this season. Stabilizing the pitching staff will be right-handed sophomores Mark Nelson and Ian Bezahler. The pair both have the tools to win games. The first-year class of pitchers --- Lucas Geoghegan, Dakota Rabbitt, and Greg Ladd – were a combined 23-3 in their senior years. They will be relied upon to perform well in all situations.
Current tri-captain and 2010 Roundy MVP Award winner Rich Newton (.367 batting average) was highly-ranked in all offensive team categories and will return in right field. Senior tri-captain John Lerner will man left field and is fully recovered from shoulder surgery. Junior center fielder Nik Atsalis, the team's 2010 Wagner Most Improved Award winner, bring his team-leading .446 average back to the lineup. The outfield will have quality depth with Jake Kramer (.333) returning along with newcomers Colin Cummings and Nathan Ellis, who each led their high school teams in batting average.
The Mules also return two-year starting third baseman Mike Mastrocola, who had the most hits on the team a year ago and batted .311. Shortstop Brandon Nieuw (.312), first baseman Robb Arndt (.304), and catchers Brendan Gallagher (.333) and John Schroeder (10 starts) also return. Infielders Will Greenberg and first-year Kevin Galvin, who led his high school in hitting, will be counted on to perform at a high level.