BRUNSWICK, Maine - Scott Goldberg pitched eight innings, allowing just a single earned run, to lead the Colby College baseball team to a 8-2 win over Bowdoin on Friday afternoon at Pickard Field.
The Mules improve to 11-5 (3-1 NESCAC) with the win while the Polar Bears drop their home opener and fall to 12-7-1 (3-4 NESCAC).
Colby took advantage of four Bowdoin errors to score seven unearned runs in the victory. After taking a 1-0 lead on a throwing error in the second, the Mules cashed in with four unearned runs in the third to take a commanding 6-0 lead. Colby loaded the bases after a fielding error that would have been the third out of the inning, and took advantage with a pair of two-run singles from Nathan Ellis and Tyler Starks.
Bowdoin cut into the lead in the fifth by loading the bases and scoring on a ground out by Chris Nadeau. They pushed another run across on a balk, but Goldberg got out of the jam with a pair of strikeouts to avoid further damage.
Colby added two more runs on a throwing error in the sixth to seal the victory. Soren Hanson finished with three hits while Ryder Arsenault and Ellis had two apiece. Colby rapped out 11 hits as a team, all singles. Peter Cimini had two hits, including a double, for Bowdoin.
Goldberg (3-0) went 8.0 innings, permitting five hits and one earned run while striking out eight. Dakota Rabbitt pitched the ninth, allowing one hit, for Colby.
Harry Ridge (3-1) was credited with just one earned run of the six that came across in his 2.2 frames of work for Bowdoin. Sam Herzig, Kevin McDonough, and Stephen Girolamo did not allow an earned run in relief for the Polar Bears.
The teams will play a doubleheader tomorrow in Brunswick beginning at noon.