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Endicott 7    Tufts 4

At Greensoboro, NC
Sunday, March 18, 2007

Game Box Score

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Tufts baseball team fell behind 6-0 after three innings and could not make up the difference, losing 7-4 to Endicott College in their season opener on Sunday in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Jumbos had 11 hits and 10 walks in the game, but left 18 runners on base.

The Gulls, who make their home in Beverly, Mass., scored four runs after two were out in the second inning against Tufts starter Jason Protano (Milford, MA). They added two more unearned runs in the third. In the second, Endicott junior catcher Dan Gomez opened the inning with a lead-off double to right, but Protano then recorded back-to-back strike outs. Adam Labbe singled to right scoring Gomez, putting Endicott up 1-0. Following two walks and a hit batsman, Steve Vidmosko hit an RBI single to center to push the Gulls lead to 3-0. Another hit batter scored Endicott's fourth run of the inning. In the third inning, Tom Warner hit an RBI double to right field and the Gulls were off to a 6-0 start.

Tufts scored their first run in the sixth when senior catcher Chris Decembrele (Walpole, MA) led off with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore RF Eric Catalanotti (Grafton, MA). Sophomore CF Dave Katzman (North Andover, MA) walked and scored on a double by senior SS Brian Casey (Milford, MA) in the eighth. Senior LF Kyle Backstrom (Worcester, MA) hit a two-run single in the ninth, but it was too little too late.

Ian Parkinson pitched four scoreless innings for Endicott, giving up two hits and striking out five. Tufts freshman Jordan Goldberg (Westborough, MA) submitted a solid relief outing in his Jumbo debut, allowing two hits and no runs while striking out four in three innings. Katzman finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored for Tufts.

For Endicott, Labbe was 2 for 4 with two runs, Vidmosko went 2 for 6 with a run and an RBI and CF Aaron Santos was 2 for 4 with an RBI in the lead-off spot.