Eastern Connecticut 11 Tufts 2

Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2001
At Medford, MA

Eastern Conn 0 0 0 5 0 3 0 0 3 = 11-8-0
Tufts 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 = 2-9-5

T – Jon Lee, Dave Martin (4), Steve Lapham (5), Chris Lovejoy (7), Brian Shapiro (9) and Joe Surprenant; E – Joey Serfass, Brian Gouin (8) and Jeff Funaro.
WP – Serfass (4-1); LP – Martin (4-2).
2B – T, Evan Zupancic, Tim Ayres.
HR – E, Dwight Wildman (2).

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Records – T, 17-11-1; E, 28-10.

MEDFORD – Eastern Connecticut freshman CF Dwight Wildman (Seymour, CT) hit a grand slam in the fourth after a Tufts error extended the inning to set the tone for an 11-2 Warriors victory over the Jumbos in New England college baseball action on Tuesday afternoon. Tufts made five errors overall, leading to nine unearned runs by Eastern.

After Jumbo starter Jon Lee (Manhasset Hills, NY) allowed no hits in three innings of work, the Warriors rallied for five runs with two outs against Tufts sophomore P Dave Martin (Arlington, MA) in the fourth. Senior SS Nick Tempesta (Brockton, MA) was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on a single by junior LF John Hedde (Stonington, CT). A Tufts error allowed Tempesta to score the game's first run, then two batters later Wildman popped one over the fence to the opposite field for a 5-0 Warrior lead.

Tufts answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Junior RF Dan Callahan (Medfield, MA) and sophomore SS Brian Shapiro (Swampscott, MA) led off with singles, and Callahan scored on a double by junior 1B Tim Ayres (Irvine, CA). Shapiro eventually scored on a ground out by freshman DH Greg Hickey (Medway, MA). That was all Tufts would get off Eastern freshman starter Joey Serfass (Newington, CT), who went seven for the win before giving way to senior Brian Gouin (Sprague, CT).

Eastern scored three more runs in the sixth – two unearned - to push their lead to 8-2. After loading the bases with two singles and a walk, Eastern scored when sophomore 3B Ricky Fritsch (Meriden, CT) worked a walk off Tufts junior P Steve Lapham (Newburyport, MA). A Tufts error then allowed two more runs to cross the plate. Eastern added three more in the ninth with two more Jumbo errors playing a part.

Hedde had two hits and an RBI for Eastern, while Tempesta tied the New England Division III record with the 253rd hit of his career in the ninth. Tufts, which out-hit Eastern 9-8, got two hits from Shapiro and Ayres. The Jumbos dropped to 17-11-1 in their final home game of the season. The Warriors improved to 28-10.