Tufts 9    Brandeis 4

At Waltham, MA
Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Game Box Score

WALTHAM, Mass. – Six different Tufts University pitchers combined to scatter five hits, while four Tufts batters recorded multi-hit games as the visiting Jumbos defeated the host Brandeis University Judges, 9-4, on Stein Diamond today.

Tufts (12-6) opened the scoring early, scoring five runs in the first three innings against Brandeis rookie Craig LeTendre (New Bedford, MA). Sophomore 1B Bryan McDavitt (Holden, MA) drove in a run in the top of the first, while junior SS Greg Chertok (New City, NY) had an RBI single in the second.

Brandeis (12-9) answered in the bottom of the second on a two-out RBI double by junior catcher Phil Aurigemma (Westborough, MA), but the Judges stranded runners on second and third. The Jumbos tacked on three more runs in the third, two of which were unearned. Senior DH Greg Hickey (Medway, MA) plated one run with a single, while sophomore CF Chris Decemberle (Walpole, MA) drove in one on a sacrifice fly. The third run scored on a Brandeis error.

Both teams went scoreless from there until the eighth inning, though Tufts rookie hurler Brian Dzialo (Cincinnati, OH) worked out of a jam in the fifth. He walked the bases loaded with one out, but got a strike out and long fly out to end the inning and make his first collegiate decision a victory.

The Jumbos outscored Judges 4-3 in the final two frames despite the second career home run by Brandeis 1B Bryan Lambert (Auburn, ME) to lead off the ninth. Senior 2B Chris Navis (WA) was the only multiple hitter for the Judges, going 2-4. Junior SS Zach Golden (Milton, MA) and Aurigemma each had a double in the contest.

Hickey swung the big bat for Tufts today, going 3 for 5 with two RBI, two runs scored and a triple. McDavitt was 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI, while junior RF Jim O'Leary (No. Easton, MA) was 2 for 5 with a run scored and a double out of the leadoff hole. Dzialo had the longest outing of any Tufts pitcher, going three innings without giving up a hit. He struck out four and walked three. Junior Erik Johanson (Wynnewood, PA) and rookie Jason Protano (Milford, MA) each tossed a hitless inning of relief.