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Tufts 10            Colby 5

At Medford, MA
Friday, April 28, 2006

Game Box Score

MEDFORD -- Senior Zak Smotherman (Westborough, MA) pitched seven strong innings, and the Tufts University bats hit 15 singles, as the Jumbos defeated Colby College, 10-5, in NESCAC East Division baseball action at Huskins Field on Friday afternoon.

Smotherman no-hit the Mules through four innings before Colby junior 3B Andy Carr (Conway, NH) hit the first of his two home runs in the game to lead off the fifth. Tufts led 8-1 at the time. Smotherman finished seven innings, allowing four hits, three runs and three walks while striking out six. He improved to 4-1 this spring.

The Jumbos broke the game open with a six-run third inning. They had five hits and two walks in the inning while taking advantage of two Colby errors, a passed ball and a wild pitch. Junior DH Nick Curato (Cumberland, ME), senior SS Greg Chertok (New City, NY) and senior CF Jim O'Leary (North Easton, MA) hit RBI singles in the frame.

Colby scored three times off Smotherman in the fifth with junior 2B Tom Salemy (Odessa, FL) following up Carr's home run with a two-run double. Freshman Zachary Helm (Palermo, ME) did a nice job in relief of starter Tyler Hales (Lexington, MA) for the Mules, throwing 4.1 innings without allowing a run. The game stayed 8-3 Tufts into the eighth.

The hosts added two runs in the bottom of the eighth on a two-run single by freshman 3B Kevin Casey (Milford, MA) for a 10-3 lead. He was one of five Jumbos to finish with multiple hits, going 2 for 5. Chertok was 3 for 5 at the top of the order, Curato finished 3 for 4 with two runs, junior 2B Brian Casey (Milford, MA) was 2 for 6 with two runs and freshman Brian McDonough (Hanover, MA) added a 2 for 4 day at the plate to some fine play out in right field.

Carr smacked a two-run home run in the top of the ninth to complete the scoring. He had two of Colby's five hits on the day.

The Jumbos' hopes of hosting the upcoming NESCAC Tournament (May 12-14) were hurt by a 15-2 Bowdoin victory against Bates today. Tufts needs to sweep Colby in a double-header tomorrow and hope that Bowdoin gets swept at Bates in order for the Jumbos to move ahead of the Polar Bears and earn the right to host.