JUMBOS KNOCKED OUT OF NESCAC PLAYOFF HUNT BY BATES
COLLEGE BASEBALL FINAL SCORES
Bates 3 Tufts 1
Bates 9 Tufts 0
At Lewiston, ME
Saturday, May 1, 2004
Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score
LEWISTON, Me. -- Mike Kinsman and John Ribas both threw complete game victories to lead the Bates College baseball team to a sweep of Tufts, 3-1 and 9-0, in a New England Small College Athletic Conference East Division doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Leahey Field.
The loss in the first game knocked Tufts out contention for the final spot in the NESCAC Championship and snapped the Bobcats' 25-game losing streak against the Jumbos. The team's last win over Tufts was a 5-2 victory on April 15, 1991. Bates improved to 13-16, 6-6 NESCAC East, while Tufts fell to 17-13, 6-6. Bowdoin College earned the #2 seed in the NESCAC East Division with an 8-4 mark.
Kinsman struck out seven while allowing just six hits and three walks in seven innings in the first game for Bates.
The Bobcats managed just four hits off Tufts freshman Ben Simon (Providence, RI), but three came in a three-run fifth inning. Matt Peterson hit an RBI double in the inning and later scored on an error to lead the Bates offense.
Freshman 2B Brian Casey (Milford, MA) was 2 for 3 for Tufts, including a single and his team's only run scored in the third. He stole second and scored on a single by senior 3B Adam Kacamburas (North Reading, MA) to give the Jumbos a 1-0 lead at the time. The Jumbos loaded the bases with one out in the sixth, but did not score due to a double-play line drive.
The Bobcats' bats had a little more life in the second game, as Bates pounded out 11 hits, including a three run home run by Nate Maxwell which gave the Bobcats a 5-0 lead in the sixth inning. Bates scored a pair of runs in the first inning on an error on a failed pickoff attempt, and it was all the offense that Ribas needed. The right-hander allowed just five hits, walked three and struck out six in his first nine-inning outing to improve to 4-4 on the season.
Adam Taranto was 4 for 5 with two runs and an RBI from the leadoff spot for the Bobcats. Maxwell was 2 for 4 with three RBI, and Adam Worral was 2 for 4 with a double and two runs.
Deflated by the loss of their post-season hopes, Tufts put only one runner on third base all game and made three errors. Junior Jeremy Davis (Little Falls, NY) went the distance for the Jumbos, allowing four earned runs.
Tufts hosts Babson on Seniors' Day at Huskins Field Sunday at 12:30 pm.