Zupancic sets career home runs record in second game

Game 1: Tufts 7    Wesleyan 4
Game 2: Tufts 3    Wesleyan 2

At Middletown, CT
Sunday, April 6, 2003

Game 1 Box Score

Game 2 Box Score

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Tufts swept Wesleyan in a college baseball double-header on Sunday, winning 7-4 in the first game and 3-2 in the nightcap. The Jumbos remained undefeated since returning from their spring trip and improved to 11-4 overall. Wesleyan dropped to 9-8.

In the first game, the Jumbos manufactured an unearned run in the top of the fifth to break a 4-4 when senior SS Brian Shapiro (Swampscott, MA) led off with an infield hit and circled the bases on a passed ball and two wild pitches. Shapiro added a two-run single in the sixth to bolster the Tufts lead. Senior CF Evan Zupancic (Lake Oswego, OR) and freshman RF Matt Clement (Norwood, MA) each had an RBI single for Tufts in the first, and junior 3B Adam Kacamburas (North Reading, MA) had one in the second as the Jumbos took a 3-0 lead.

Wesleyan sophomore LF Will Gordon had an RBI single in the second and sophomore C Drew Nannini brought in a run with a ground out. Senior 1B Dave Vanech tied the game at 3-3 with an RBI single in the third and senior RF Matt Johnson drove him in with a double for a 4-3 Wesleyan lead. Tufts senior LF Jon Herbert (Davidsonville, MD) had a run-scoring single in the fourth to tie the game. Jumbo junior Randy Newsom (Cincinnati, OH), on in relief of starter Dave Martin (Arlington, MA), got a save by getting Wesleyan SS Bill Robinson to hit into a fielder's choice with two on in the seventh. Martin got the win to improve to 4-0 this spring.

Herbert went 3 for 4 with two runs scored for Tufts, while Shapiro and Kacamburas had two hits each. Angus Fredenburg, Vanech and Johnson had two hits for Wesleyan. Eric Wdowiak went the distance allowing 10 hits and five earned runs for the Cardinal loss.

In the nightcap, Tufts sophomore 2B Frank Dinucci (Wilton, CT) hit a two-run single during a three-hit fourth inning to erase a 2-1 deficit. Senior P Jon Lee (Manhasset Hills, NY) made Wesleyan strand nine runners, five in scoring position, before Newsom pitched the seventh for his third save of the week. Zupancic lined a solo home run to center in the first inning, the 20th of his career at Tufts to break the all-time record of 19 previously held by Bill Canon (1987-90) and Eric Sholds (1991-94).

Zupancic also made a great diving catch on a ball by Wesleyan's Will Gordon to lead off the bottom of the sixth. Had it landed, it would likely have been a triple. He finished 2 for 3 with two runs scored as Tufts got just six hits off Wesleyan's Nate Whalen. Robinson (2 for 4) drove in both Wesleyan runs in the third with a double. DH Alexander Brooks also had two hits.