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Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Junior left fielder Ian Goldberg leads the Jumbos in hitting with a .398 mark

MEDFORD -- For the second time in program history, the Tufts University baseball team will host the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship this weekend (May 7-9). Games will be held at Tufts' Huskins Field and at Bentley University's DeFelice Field.

The Jumbos won the NESCAC East Division pennant this spring with a 10-2 record, earning the right to host the conference championship. They will face West Division #2 seed Wesleyan University in the first round of the championship on Friday at 3 pm. West Division champion Williams College and East Division #2 Bowdoin College will play in the other first-round game at Bentley University beginning at 3 pm. Friday's losers will play at Bentley University on Saturday morning at 10:30 am, while the winners will meet at Tufts at 10:30 am. The tournament's fifth game will be played at Tufts on Saturday at 2:30 pm. For the finals on Sunday, a 10 am game will be followed if necessary by another game to determine the champion.

Tufts hosted NESCAC's in 2002, when they won the conference title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. This season, Tufts is 28-5 overall to set a new school record for wins. They eclipsed the previous mark of 27 wins by the 2002 team. Coach John Casey's team entered the national poll this week at #20. Tufts is the #1 team in the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) poll.

Wesleyan brings a 22-12 record into this weekend's tournament. Williams has a 22-10-1 overall record and is the seventh-ranked squad in the NEIBA poll. Bowdoin (23-13) received three votes in this week's NEIBA poll. Tufts has only played the Polar Bears previously this season, taking two out of three in Maine April 23-24.

JumboCast, Tufts University student webcasting outfit, will carry all of the tournament games that are held at Huskins Field this weekend. That includes Friday's Tufts vs. Wesleyan game at 3 pm, Saturday's 12:30 pm winner's bracket game and the 2:30 pm second elimination game, and Sunday's finals round with a 10 am game followed by an if necessary contest. Those webcasts can be viewed for free at

Directions to Tufts University's Huskins Field

Directions to Bentley College's DeFelice Field