Trinity 4            Tufts 3

At Medford, MA
Friday, April 9, 2004

Game Box Score

MEDFORD – The Trinity College Baseball team, ranked #14 in the nation, took the first of a three-game weekend series at Tufts University, 4-3, in NESCAC East Division action on Friday afternoon. The rivals play a double-header on Saturday starting at noon.

The visiting Bantams (7-3, 5-2 NESCAC East) took a 3-0 lead with a pair of runs in the fifth and another in the sixth. Ninth batter Angel Resto (Framingham, MA) hit a two-run, opposite field home run that bounced off the top of the fence in the fifth. Junior C Andrew Fries (Dublin, OH) had an RBI single that scored junior DH Rob O'Leary (Easton, MA) in the sixth.

Bantam starter Kevin Tidmarsh (Meriden, CT) shut out Tufts (10-7) through six innings before running into trouble in the seventh. Jumbo freshman CF Chris Decembrele (Walpole, MA) led off with a deep triple to center field that glanced off Resto's glove. He later scored on a ground out by junior catcher Bob Kenny (Milford, MA). Sophomore shortstop Greg Chertok (New City, NY), who had walked and advanced to second on Kenny's out, scored the second Tufts run in the seventh. He came around on a single by senior 3B Adam Kacamburas (North Reading, MA) off Bantam reliever Jon Rappaport (Longmeadow, MA), who otherwise did a good job squelching the Tufts rally.

Trinity upped its lead to 4-2 in the eighth when Fries led off with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch, was sacrificed to third, and scored on a base hit by junior LF Matt Engster (Glastonbury, CT). Tufts pulled within 4-3 on an unearned run in the eighth. Freshman 1B Bryan McDavitt (Holden, MA) reached on an error and eventually scored on a throwing error as Trinity attempted to complete a double play that would have ended the inning. Rappaport put down the Jumbos 1-2-3 in the ninth for his first save.

Engster had three hits for Trinity, which had 13 hits overall. O'Leary, Fries and freshman 3B Tim Bourdon (Simsbury, CT) had two hits apiece for Trinity.

Tufts managed just six hits off Tidmarsh and Rappaport, no one with more than one. Tidmarsh went six innings allowing five hits and two runs while striking out three and walking three. Rappaport allowed just one hit over three innings of work.

Jumbo pitchers hit seven batters in the game, including five by starter Randy Newsom (Cincinnati, OH). He went 7.1 innings and allowed four runs. Junior Jeff Volinski (Andover, MA) and freshman Aaron Narva (Albuquerque, NM) both pitched scoreless relief for Tufts.