NCAA New England Region Tournament
Eastern Connecticut 19    Tufts 2

At Harwich, MA
Sunday, May 19, 2002

Tufts 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 = 2-6-4
Eastern Connecticut 4 2 0 3 3 7 0 0 x = 19-18-1

Game Box Score

Records - T, 27-10-1; EC, 33-10-1.

HARWICH -- Second-seeded Eastern Connecticut advanced to the championship round of the 2002 NCAA
Division III Baseball Regional hosted by the ECAC by posting a 19-2 victory over third-seeded Tufts in Sunday's second elimination round contest played at Whitehouse Field. The Warriors (33-10-1) advance to take on top-seeded Wheaton (37-7-1) in Monday's championship round. Tufts finished its season with a 27-10-1 record, the most wins in team history.

Eastern Connecticut jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first inning. The Jumbos (27-10-1) plated their first run in the top of the second on a walk by junior SS Brian Shapiro (Swampscott, MA) and an Eastern Connecticut error. The Warriors added two more in their half of the frame for a 6-1 advantage. Shapiro, who started the game on the mound, was relieved by sophomore Dave Frew (Shrewsbury, MA), who pitched a scoreless fourth.

Eastern Connecticut broke things wide open in the middle innings, scoring three runs each in the fourth and fifth innings and plating seven tallies in the sixth to account for their scoring. Tufts added its other marker in the top of the ninth to close out the game's scoring, with pinch hitter Andy Hambelton (Westwood, MA) singling home a run.

Senior Jared Holowaty and freshman Tom Koch each had three hits and three RBI for Eastern Connecticut in the triumph, while seniors Justin Waz, Troy Timney and Inaki Ormachea, along with junior Morgan Thompson, each added two safeties for the Warriors, who banged out 18 hits on the evening. Six different individuals registered singles on the night for Tufts.

Sophomore Jeremy Hall picked up his third win of the season for Eastern Connecticut, allowing just two hits and one unearned run while striking out five, while Shapiro allowed two earned runs and four hits in two innings to fall to 2-1 on the season for Tufts.