Tufts 10            Eastern Connecticut 1

At Medford, MA
Monday, April 28, 2003

Game Box Score

MEDFORD – Sophomore Jeremy Davis (Little Falls, NY) pitched seven shutout innings for his first collegiate victory, and the Tufts offense had 13 hits against seven Eastern Connecticut pitchers, as the Jumbos ended the Warriors' school-record 23-game winning streak with a 10-1 victory at Huskins Field on Monday afternoon.

For Eastern Connecticut (31-5), the defending NCAA National Champion and the #1 ranked Division III team in the country, it was their first loss up north (22-1) since returning from their spring trip. Tufts improved to 19-8 overall while extending a winning streak to five games.

Davis allowed just one Eastern base runner to third base in his seven innings of work. He gave up six hits and two walks, and stranded seven runners on base. The bats gave him a cushion to work with by scoring four runs in the bottom of the second. An Eastern error in the inning led to three unearned. Tufts senior CF Evan Zupancic (Lake Oswego, OR), playing in his final game at Huskins, hit a two-run single for a 4-0 Tufts lead. The Jumbos added two more in the third on an RBI single by senior LF Jon Herbert (Davidsonville, MD) and a sacrifice fly by sophomore 2B Frank Dinucci (Wilton, CT).

Neither team scored in the middle innings as Davis and Eastern relievers Matt Schumey (Rockville, CT) and Ben O'Brien (Montville, CT) pitched well. The Warriors broke the shutout in the eighth after Davis departed. Senior RF Dan Silva (Berlin, CT) singled against Tufts sophomore reliever Jeff Volinski (Andover, MA) to lead off the inning and came around on a single by pinch-hitter Adam Hevenor (No. Kingstown, RI) to make it 6-1. Senior Mike Bryon (Hanover, MA) came on and got the last six outs for Tufts.

Five of the first six hitters in the Tufts eighth reached base, including doubles by Zupancic and junior C Greg Hickey (Medway, MA), as the Jumbos added to their lead with four runs. Six Tufts hitters overall had two-hit games, with Zupancic and Dinucci knocking in a pair of runs. Hickey and freshman RF Matt Clement (Norwood, MA) both scored twice.

Silva collected two of Eastern's nine hits. The Warriors made four errors in the game.