Teams: Baseball: Schedule & Results
TUFTS PITCHING SUBDUES METHODIST OFFENSE FOR 3-1 VICTORY
COLLEGE BASEBALL FINAL SCORE
Tufts 3 Methodist 1
At Fayetteville, NC
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Game Box Score
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Aiming for its fourth straight victory on
Wednesday, the Methodist Monarch baseball team ran into a stalemate
in the form of the Tufts Jumbos as visiting Tufts prevailed 3-1 at
Shelley Field. The defeat drops the Monarchs to an even 11-11 while
Tufts lifts its record to 3-2 on its season-opening spring trip.
The pitching combination of junior tri-captain Ben Simon
(Providence, RI) and Erik Johanson (Wynnewood, PA) kept
the Monarchs off balance at the plate for most of the game. Simon
allowed only four hits with two strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings before
leaving with an injury in the sixth. Johanson, however, pitched
no-hit ball for the remainder of the game for the save.
Neither team could generate much offense, as Methodist's five
pitchers limited Tufts to only six hits and combined for 10
strikeouts. However, nine walks
and hit batter came back to haunt the Monarchs.
Tufts took a 1-0 lead in the first when senior SS Greg Chertok
(New City, NY) scored on a sacrifice fly by junior 1B Bryan
McDavitt (Holden, MA). The Jumbos increased the lead to 2-0 in
the fourth without the benefit of a hit. McDavitt walked and
eventually scored on a fielder's choice by senior C Ben Chang
(Chicago, IL). The Monarchs finally got on the board with
back-to-back singles by Michael Carter and Kyle Eudy in the fifth.
Methodist had a tremendous chance to either tie or take the lead
in the sixth, but Johanson struck out the Monarchs' Scott Russell
with runners on first and
second. The Jumbos got the run back in the seventh on an RBI single
by junior LF Kyle Backstrom (Worcester, MA).
Elloitt Bisplinghoff took the defeat for the Monarchs, despite
recording four strikeouts in four innings. Junior CF Chris
Decembrele (Walpole, MA) went 2 for 3 for Tufts, while Backstrom
went 2 for 4.
The Jumbos continue their trip at North Carolina Wesleyan on
Thursday with a 3:00 first pitch. Methodist plays host to Endicott
on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Shelley Field.