NESCAC Tournament
Tufts 7    Amherst 3

at Williamstown, Mass.
Saturday, May 12, 2001

Tufts 0 0 2 0 0 3 2 0 0 = 7-11-1
Amherst 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 = 3-9-1

T - Dave Martin, Brian Shapiro (9) and Joe Surprenant; A - Andy Kerns, Dave Krauser (6), Jonah Ansell (7), Chris Vecsey (8), Duncan Webb (9) and J.R. Drabick.
WP - Martin (5-2); LP - Kerns (3-3).
2B - T, Joe Surprenant 2; A, Ryan Whitmarsh.

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Records - T, 21-12-1; A, 20-14.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Tufts University won a spot in the final day's action of the NESCAC baseball tournament by defeating Amherst College 7-3 on Saturday. Tufts sophomore Dave Martin (Arlington, MA) pitched eight and one-third innings giving up only three runs (two earned) on eight hits to record the win. Sophomore SS Brian Shapiro (Swampscott, MA) was 2 for 5 with three runs batted in. The Jumbos will now play Williams on Sunday at 12 noon and will need to beat the Ephs twice to win the conference title and automatic NCAA Tournament berth.

Tufts took a 2-0 lead in the third inning when senior LF Todd Boutwell (Woburn, MA) led off with a double and senior C Joe Surprenant (Tewksbury, MA) followed with a single. Boutwell scored on a ground out and Surprenant came around on two wild pitches. The Lord Jeffs cut the gap in half with one in the fourth when junior DH Kevin Grant singled and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Brett Nicol.

The Jumbos pushed the margin to a comfortable 7-1 with three in the sixth and two more in the seventh. Shapiro had a two-run single in the sixth, then stole third and scored on a bad throw. He and sophomore 2B Jon Herbert (Davidsonville, MD) had run-scoring singles in the seventh.

Martin walked five in his stint, and his wildness helped Amherst score in the eight when they worked two walks and a run-scoring single by Nicol. The Jeffs managed one more run in the bottom of the ninth when John Brody led off with a double and scored on a fielder's choice by Grant.

Surprenant and Herbert each had two hits and two runs scored for Tufts. Grant finished with two hits, two runs and an RBI for the Jeffs, whose season ended with a 20-14 record.