Tufts 6    Colby 4

At Medford, MA
Friday, April 26, 2002

Colby 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 = 4-8-0
Tufts 1 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 x = 6-8-2

Game Box Score

Records - Tu, 19-7-1; C, 8-14.

MEDFORD - Host Tufts clinched the NESCAC East Division pennant with a 6-4 victory over Colby College in baseball action on Friday afternoon. By virtue of locking up first place in the East, Tufts will host the conference tournament between the top two teams in the East and West May 10-12 at Huskins Field. Tufts and second place Trinity will represent the East. Wesleyan, Williams and Amherst are still fighting it out for the two spots in the West.

The win lifted Tufts to 18-7-1 overall and 8-1 in the division. Colby dropped to 8-14 and 3-7.

Tufts senior RF Dan Callahan (Medfield, MA) launched a three-run home run to right field in the bottom of the second to help Tufts take a 5-1 lead. The three RBIs gave him 118 in his career, breaking the Tufts record of 115 previously held by Bill Canon (1987-90). Junior CF Evan Zupancic (Lake Oswego, OR) also drove in a run with an infield single in a four-run second inning for Tufts.

Colby clawed back to within 5-4. They notched a single run in the fourth on junior DH Jay Johnson's (Norwood, MA) second RBI single of the game. Back-to-back singles by junior SS Kevin Brunelle (Augusta, ME) and sophomore 2B Vince Domestico (Ashland, MA) followed by a wild pitch, a passed ball, and a ground out by senior 3B Matt Simard (Auburn, ME) produced two Colby runs in the seventh. The Jumbos answered with a run in the bottom of the inning when Callahan led off with a bunt single and scored on a double over the center fielder's head by senior 1B Tim Ayres (Irvine, CA).

Tufts junior P Dave Martin (Arlington, MA) improved to 5-1, allowing seven hits and one earned run in six innings. Colby starter Jim Garrett (Yarmouth, ME) settled down after a rocky first two innings, but took the loss. Jumbo junior Brian Shapiro (Swampscott, MA) pitched three innings for a save.

Brunelle, Domestico and Johnson all had two hits for Colby. Zupancic, Callahan and sophomore 3B Adam Kacamburas (North Reading, MA) had a pair each for Tufts.