WATERVILLE, Maine – Husson baseball (16-13, 6-4 NAC) rallies in the ninth to try and overcome an 11-point deficit, falling short just six runs as they fall to Colby College (7-12, 0-6 NESCAC) on a rainy Tuesday evening at Coombs field in non-conference action.
Jumping ahead with one run scored in the first, the Mules hit a huge fourth inning leaving a near insurmountable mountain for the Eagles to climb in order to catch up. This didn't discourage Husson as they tacked on one run in the first thanks to a Kobe Rogerson double and David LeBlanc single, then opened up a rallying top of the ninth with a slew of pinch hitters to get the bats swinging. Brandon Smith and Ethan Shepard got on base as Brock Belanger stepped up rocking an RBI double to put Shepard in scoring position as the next two batters got on base to push him around home to help the Eagles slowly chip away at the 12-3 deficit. With no outs, Husson wrapped around the order to the top of the lineup with Conor Maguire up and singling to send home Belanger for one more run. A fielder's choice on Rogerson helped bring Matt Graciano all the way home as the Eagles began to slowly cut the gap, 12-5 with one out. A walk and Luke Covey groundout helped add just one more run onto the scoreboard for the Eagles before the Mules recorded the final out to end the game with the advantage, 12-6.
ON THE MOUND:
Both teams threw several pitchers. Ryan Allender opened up the game for the Eagles going 3.2 innings before four more Eagles saw time on the mound to accumulate five strikeouts.
For the Mules, Paul Ariola pitched a solid five innings with five punch outs and no runs scored on two hits. Three Mules finished out the game to secure the win.
HUSSON OFF THE BAT:
- Leading off for the Eagles, Maguire went 3-5 with an RBI and two stolen bases.
- Nolan Brown launched a triple deep into the outfield for Husson.
- Rogerson, Belanger, and Ethan Stoddard helped keep the offense going with doubles.
COLBY OFF THE BAT:
- Tiamu Ito drove in four runs for Colby off of 2-4 batting with a home run.
- William Wessman tacked on three more RBI with a homerun and a single.
- Will Phillips went 2-5 with two runs scored and a triple.
Husson has less than 24 hours to recover as they turn around and head back home to host Bowdoin College for a single nine inning game at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17th at home.