STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph's College (12-5) weathered rain, sleet and snow in a come-from-behind 10-5 victory over Colby College (2-9) at Larry Mahaney Diamond on Tuesday night. The Monks have now won nine-consecutive games.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Trailing 5-4, the Monks sent 11 players to the plate and scored six runs off six hits in the bottom of the seventh to secure a 10-5 lead. Freshman second baseman Luke Johnson (East Hampton, Conn.) provided the go-ahead hit with a two-run single and senior center fielder Chris Gerossie (Chester, N.H.) tripled home a pair and scored when sophomore Ben Gravel (Rochester, N.H.) grounded into a fielder's choice.
Colby grabbed the lead with a run in the first inning and scored a pair in the second, when Jackson Ward (Wilton, Conn.) notched an RBI single and Matt Mitchell (Wayzata, Minn.) raced home on an infield error to lift the visitors to a 3-0 cushion.
The Monks methodically chipped away at the deficit with two runs in the fourth and took their first lead of the evening with two runs off two hits in the fifth, when Gravel recorded a sac fly and junior right fielder Anthony DiPrizio (Rochester, N.H.) scored on a fielder's choice off the bat of sophomore third baseman Will Martin (Arlington, Mass.).
In the top of the sixth, the Mules responded in kind with two runs off two hits and an SJC error to claim a 5-4 lead. Will Phillips (East Media, Pa.) scored on an infield error and William Wessman (Dallas, Texas) slapped a run-scoring single down the right field line, scoring Andrew Russell (Massapequa, N.Y.), to put his team back on top.
Three SJC pitchers held Colby off the board over the final three frames as the Monks dodged snowflakes en route to securing a 10-5 victory.
ON THE MOUND – SAINT JOSEPH'S:
- Freshman starter Zach Begin (Georgetown, Mass.) allowed three runs off six hits and two walks with five strikeouts in four innings
- Junior Grayson Jennings (Mililani, Hawaii) yielded two runs (one earned) off four hits with a pair of K's in 1.2 innings
- Senior Travis Godbout (Portland, Maine) picked up the win and improves to 3-0 after allowing one hit with four strikeouts in 1.1 shutout innings of relief
- Senior Josh Partridge (Deerfield, N.H.) gave up a hit and a walk and fanned three batters in two innings of relief
OFF THE MOUND – COLBY:
- Freshman starter Frank Driscoll (Philadelphia, Pa.) allowed a hit and two walks with four K's over three innings but did not factor into the decision
- Sophomore Taimu Ito (Tenafly, N.J.) gave up a pair of unearned runs off two walks in 1/3 inning
- Freshman Paul Ariola (Malverne, N.J.) took the loss after yielding seven runs off eight hits and two walks with five K's in 2.2 innings
- Freshman Patrick Carbone (Marshfield, Mass.) yielded a run off two hits with three punch-outs in two innings of work
OFF THE BAT – SAINT JOSEPH'S:
- Junior shortstop Joey Murphy (Derry, N.H.) was 2-3 with a run scored
- Junior outfielder Jared Gagne (Dover, N.H.) went 2-5 with a run
- Gerossie was 1-4 with a run and a two-run triple
- Senior catcher Jacob White (Salem, N.H.) reached base four times after being hit by a pitch, working a pair of walks, and going 1-1 with a run scored
OFF THE BAT – COLBY:
- Ward went 3-5 with a double and an RBI
- Phillips was 2-5 with two runs, a double, a stolen base, and an RBI
- Wessman added two hits in four at-bats with an RBI
- Russell went 2-5 with a run scored
- The Monks were held without a hit until sophomore Drew Healey (Rochester, N.H.) singled through the right side with one out in the bottom of the third
- Saint Joseph's utilized 22 different players in the victory
- The Monks' pitchers combined to fan 14 batters today after striking out 13 in a win over UMaine-Farmington yesterday
- The Mules stranded 16 runners while the Monks left 11 on base
With the triumph, Saint Joseph's improves to 21-12 in the history of the series with Colby College and has now defeated the Mules in five-consecutive meetings. Dating back to the 2003, the Monks are 13-1 versus Colby.
Saint Joseph's will host Husson University on Thursday at 4:00 PM.
Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 474-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.