Teams: Baseball: Schedule & Results
JUMBOS ELIMINATE HOST BOWDOIN FROM NESCAC TOURNAMENT, ADVANCE TO
COLLEGE BASEBALL FINAL SCORE
Tufts 6 Bowdoin 2
At Brunswick, ME
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Game Box Score
BRUNSWICK, Me. -- Tufts University starting pitcher Zak
Smotherman (Westborough, MA) took a no-hitter into the ninth
inning of a 6-2 victory over Bowdoin College in Game Five of the
NESCAC Baseball Championship on Sunday. The victory lifts the Jumbos
(24-13) into the Game Six of the NESCAC Championship against
Middlebury on Sunday at noon.
The Polar Bears end their run in the NESCAC Tournament with a 1-2
mark and drop to 28-8-1 overall. Bowdoin will hope for an at-large
bid to the NCAA Tournament when pairings are announced on Sunday
Smotherman mowed down the Polar Bears for eight innings, until a
bunt single by Jared Lemieux in the ninth frame broke-up the
no-hitter. Bowdoin managed to chase Smotherman from the game in that
inning, but it was too little, too late as the senior southpaw
stymied the Polar Bears for the majority of the contest.
Tufts scored a single run in each of the third, fourth and sixth
innings to take a 3-0 edge. Brian Casey (Milford, MA) lifted
a sacrifice fly to left that scored Chris Decembrele (Walpole,
MA) in the third frame, while Nick Curato (Cumberland, ME)
laced an RBI single in the fourth frame that scored Bryan
McDavitt (Holden, MA). Decembrele reached home on a fielder's
choice in the sixth inning to make it 3-0 Jumbos.
Tufts put the game out of reach with a three-run seventh inning,
sparked by a Jim O'Leary (North Easton, MA) RBI single that
scored Greg Chertok (New City, NY). A sac-fly by Brian
McDonough (Holden, MA) brought home Brian Casey to push the lead
to 5-0 before Kyle Backstrom (Worcester, MA) plated O'Leary
with a run-scoring single.
Bowdoin scored twice in the ninth, on a Joe Berte single to right
and scored on an error later in the inning. Pat Driscoll took the
loss for Bowdoin, tossing five innings, scattering six hits and
allowing two earned runs.
Chertok, O'Leary and Backstrom had two hits apiece to lead Tufts.
Bowdoin's Jon Lawrie reached base twice - both on walks - and scored
a run for the Polar Bears.