Game 1: Tufts 9    Apprentice 8
Game 2: Tufts 9    Apprentice 7

At Hampton, VA
Saturday, March 23, 2002

Game 1

Tufts   2 3 0 1 0 3 0 = 9-10-2
Apprentice 1 1 1 1 1 0 3 = 8-10-3

Game Box Score

Game 2

Tufts   0 0 7 1 1 0 0 = 9-10-2
Apprentice 2 0 0 0 4 0 1 = 7-10-4

Game Box Score

Records: T, 4-3-1; A, 16-11.

ASHLAND, VA -- The Jumbos needed a total of 18 runs to sweep Apprentice College in a double-header played in Ashland, Virginia.  In game one, a combination of junior pitcher Jon Lee (Manhasset Hills, NY) and sophomore pitcher Dave Frew (Worcester, MA) was enough to hold Apprentice to eight runs.  

Lee started the game and went four innings, giving up three earned runs on eight hits.  Frew came in to relieve Lee pitching a solid three innings, giving up one earned run and striking out two.  Frew only gave up two hits.  Lee earned his first victory of the year to even up his record to 1-1.

Junior shortstop Brian Shapiro (Swampscott, MA) went 3-4, with four runs batted in.  Senior First baseman Tim Ayres (Irvine, CA) held his own from the fifth spot in the batting order, going 2-3 with three runs batted in.  Junior tri-captain Evan Zupancic (Lake Oswego, OR) continued to provide a strong bat from the leadoff spot, going 2-4 with one run batted in and three runs scored.  Junior designated hitter Jon Herbert (Davidsonville, MD) and senior tri-captain Dan Callahan (Medfield, MA) both went 1-3.  Herbert and Callahan scored five of the team's nine runs.

While Tufts' heavy hitters carried the load in the opener, balanced offense was the theme of game two; six of the nine Jumbo starters knocked in at least one run in the nightcap. The Jumbos exploded for seven runs during a two-out rally in the third inning en route to a 9-7 victory.

Down 2-0 entering the third, the first two Tufts batters failed to reach base. Once 2B Jon Hebert singled, however, the floodgates opened; nine consecutive batters reached base, and seven scored. The inning ended when Hebert ended the same rally he began, by hitting into a fielder's choice. Ayres knocked in the eventual winning run the next inning, as his one-out single scored Shapiro, who reached on a single as well. Tufts tacked on an insurance run in the fifth, when sophomore 3B Nick Palange (Hudson, MA) scored on Hebert's sacrifice fly to deep center, upping the score to 9-2.

Apprentice made a rally in the fifth that pulled them within three runs, 9-6, and knocked Tufts starter Jeremy Davis (Little Falls, NY) out of the game. Davis gave up six runs -- five earned -- in just over four innings of work before leaving with an 8-6 lead. Although he was the beneficiary of a ton of run support, he did not pitch far enough into the game to earn a decision. Junior Mike Byron (Hanover, MA) pitched the final 2.2 innings giving up one run on two hits and striking out two to get the win.

With the sweep, the Jumbos improved to above .500 for the first time this season. They will finish their Spring Break trip with a doubleheader at Virginia-Wesleyan tomorrow.