Trinity 2    Tufts 1

At Medford, MA
Friday, April 19, 2002

Trinity 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 = 2-13-1
Tufts 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 = 1-3-1

Game Box Score

Records - Tu, 15-7-1; Tr, 19-6.

MEDFORD - Junior P Jonah Bayliss (Williamstown, MA) fired a three-hitter and junior 3B Jayme Dorr (Osterville, MA) hit a solo home run to lead off the seventh inning as Trinity College posted a 2-1 victory over Tufts University in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East Division baseball action on Friday afternoon.

The game was the first of three this weekend between the two teams fighting for the top spot in the NESCAC East. The win lifted Trinity to 8-2 in the division and 19-6 overall. Tufts fell to 5-1 in the division and 15-7-1 overall. The Jumbos were ranked third and the Bantams were sixth in this week's New England Division III poll.

The game was delayed 45 minutes after the fifth inning due to lightning flashes in the area with Tufts leading 1-0. After Bayliss retired the first nine Jumbo batters in order, junior CF Evan Zupancic (Lake Oswego, OR) led off the bottom of the fourth with an infield single. He moved to third on an opposite field single by junior DH Jon Herbert (Davidsonville, MD) and scored on a fielder's choice by senior RF Dan Callahan (Medfield, MA). A walk to junior SS Brian Shapiro (Swampscott, MA) put runners on first and second with one out, but Bayliss got the next two hitters on a pop-out and a ground out.

Trinity evened the score in the top of the sixth right after the delay. Freshman C Andrew Fries (Dublin, OH), who was 4 for 5, singled to lead off the inning, then junior 1B Kurt Piantek (Wallingford, CT) followed with a single. After a sacrifice bunt put the runners on second and third, freshman 2B Jeff Natale (Hamden, CT) blooped a single over third base to score Fries. The Jumbos escaped further damage in the inning when Piantek was thrown out in a rundown after trying to score on a grounder to short, then senior RF Mark Mahoney (Newton, MA) grounded out.

Dorr's fourth home run of the year to left in the seventh gave Trinity a 2-1 lead that Bayliss had no trouble holding. He recorded five 1-2-3 innings while earning his fifth win of the season. He issued a two-out walk in the eighth and a one-out single to Callahan in the ninth, but both times recorded strike outs to get the necessary outs. He finished with 10 Ks.

Tufts and Trinity meet again in a double-header in Medford on Saturday starting at noon.