Game 1: Tufts 6    Trinity 4
Game 2: Trinity 15    Tufts 12

At Hartford, CT
Saturday, April 19, 2003

Game 1 Box Score

Game 2 Box Score

HARTFORD -- The Tufts Baseball team split a double-header with NESCAC East Division rival Trinity College on Saturday. The Jumbos took a 6-4 win in the first game, followed by a 15-12 loss in the nightcap. Including a 6-1 win on Friday night, the host Bantams (13-7) earned a 2-1 series win between the league rivals to take sole possession of first place in the East with a 7-2 mark. Tufts is now 6-3 in the league and 14-8 overall.

In the first game (seven innings), Tufts won 6-4 behind the pitching of senior Jon Lee (Manhasset Hills, NY). Lee threw six and two-thirds innings, giving up seven hits and four runs while striking out nine to earn his seventh win of the season. He sailed with relative ease through six innings before running into trouble in the bottom of the seventh with Tufts leading 6-0. After Lee retired the first two batters, the next seven Trinity hitters reached base on five singles and two walks. Rob Dolliver had a two-run single during the rally. With the bases loaded, Tufts junior reliever Randy Newsom (Cincinnati, OH) entered the game and induced a fielder's choice ground ball to end the game. He earned his fifth save of the season.

The Jumbos scored in each of the first three innings, including a three-run third to lead 5-0 early. Six singles and a few Trinity errors helped their cause early, leading to just one earned run out of the five. Sophomore 2B Frank Dinucci (Wilton, CT) had an RBI single in the second and junior 3B Adam Kacamburas (North Reading, MA) had a sacrifice fly in the third. Freshman Matt Clement (Norwood, MA) doubled to lead off the fifth and scored on a single by senior LF Dave Martin (Arlington, MA) for the sixth Tufts run. Clement finished the game 2 for 4 with two runs. Jayme Dorr had two hits for Trinity. Mark Tremblay started and took the loss for the Bantams.

The second game featured numerous big innings by both teams, with Trinity having the last laugh. Trinity's first three hitters all reached and scored in the first, and home runs by sophomore 2B Jeff Natale and Dolliver helped the Bantams take a 6-1 lead after three innings. The Jumbos then scored five in the fifth and four in the sixth to take an 11-6 lead. Junior C Greg Hickey's (Medfield, MA) two-run single highlighted the fifth, and Dinucci hit a run-scoring double in the sixth. Trinity responded with three runs in the seventh and five more in the eighth to lead 15-11. Natale drove in three runs with a double in the eighth and Dolliver hit his second home run of the game two batters later. The Jumbos added a run in the ninth on a single by Dinucci (2 for 4 with 2 runs, 2 rbis), but that was all.

Kacamburas finished game two 2 for 3 with two runs. Martin, playing in the field for the first time this season, had two hits, a run and an RBI. Dolliver had three hits, including the two home runs, and four RBI. Natale had three hits including a double, a home run and five RBI. Freshman Greg Talpey earned his first career win in relief. Tufts used six pitchers, none who met with any success as all surrendered runs.