Panthers' rally falls short in nightcap
WATERVILLE, Maine – The Colby College baseball team fought back for a 5-3 win in the opening game and then held on to a big lead in a 7-6 victory in the nightcap in non-conference play against Plymouth State University on Sunday at Coombs Field.
The Mules (9-15 overall) scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning in the opener after the Panthers had gone ahead with a lone run in the top of the sixth. Zach Ellenthal ripped a two-run triple to right field to put the Mules up for good at 4-3, and Matt Mitchell singled to drive in Colby's final run.
The Panthers (14-13) led 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2 in the first game. Junior James Garnett (Newport, R.I.) and senior Justin Walsh (Goffstown, N.H.) drew bases-loaded walks to bring in runs, and junior Jarek Krajewski (Cranston, R.I.) knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly.
Colby led 7-0 after four innings of the nightcap, but the Panthers scratched back with two runs in the fifth inning and four in the sixth. Plymouth State had three doubles and two triples in the game.
Chris Sonberg had a bases clearing double to highlight a five-run first inning. Ellenthal had an RBI single earlier in the inning, and Baron drove in the other run with a fielder's choice to score Tommy Forese.
The Panthers put the pressure on with four runs in the sixth inning. Senior Dave Hall (Groton, Conn.) had a one-out double and moved to third on a single by Krajewski. Garnett drove in the third run of the game with a single before Leitch followed with a two-run triple to cut the margin to 7-5. Leitch scored the final run of the game on a wild pitch.
Will Cohen earned his first collegiate victory by pitching into the sixth inning for the Mules. Dan Schoenfeld worked the seventh inning to get the save.
PSU returns to Little East Conference action Tuesday with a visit to rival Keene State College for a 3:30 p.m. contest.
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