Date: Thursday, April 25, 2002
ZUPANCIC, CALLAHAN ADD NAMES TO BASEBALL RECORD BOOK
MEDFORD – Outfielders Evan Zupancic (Lake Oswego, OR/Lakeridge) and Dan Callahan (Medfield, MA/Medfield) added their names to the Tufts University baseball record book during the Jumbos' 9-5 win at Mass-Dartmouth on Tuesday.
Zupancic hit his ninth home run of the season in the sixth, a three-run shot that broke open a tight game. His ninth surpasses the eight taters hit by Eric Sholds in 1993 and by Dan Morse in 1998. Zupancic hit three home runs in both his freshman and sophomore seasons for a running career total of 15. That's four shy of the all-time mark (19) held by Bill Canon from 1987-90 and Sholds from 1991-94.
Callahan ripped the 42nd double of his career in the ninth to drive in a run. That surpassed the 41 doubles hit by Brian Symmons from 1995-98. Callahan holds the team's single-season record with 16 doubles as a sophomore in 2000, and he hit 12 last spring.
These achievements continued a record-setting season for the Tufts baseball team. Callahan became the all-time leader in hits during the team's 25-4 win at Massachusetts Maritime Academy on April 2. He currently has 196 career hits. In that same game he hit two triples to become the team's career leader in that category. He has six triples this season, also the single-season record, and 12 for his career. Both the hits (182) and triples (9) career records were previously held by Morse from 1996-99. This 2002 team also gave head coach John Casey with his 300th career win at Bates on March 30.
Most likely there's more to come. Callahan's 115 career runs batted in are one shy of the team record of 116 set by Canon. He's nine runs shy of Morse's 146 career total. The Jumbos have seven regular-season games remaining. At 17-7-1 overall and 7-1 in the NESCAC East, they are on the verge of clinching a spot in the NESCAC tournament May 10-12.
Zupancic is currently hitting .400, leads the team with 31 runs, 26 RBIs, eight stolen bases and 18 walks. Callahan is at .360 with 21 RBIs.