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Tufts 7    Lynchburg 3
Greensboro College 18    Tufts 5

At Lynchburg/Greensboro, NC
Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Lynchburg Game Box Score

Greensboro College Game Box Score

LYNCHBURG/GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Senior Chris Decembrele (Walpole, MA) and junior Steve Ragonese (Upper Saddle River, NJ) powered the Tufts baseball team to a 7-3 victory at Lynchburg College early Tuesday afternoon, but the Jumbos were on the receiving end of a powerful offensive attack in an 18-5 loss to Greensboro College early in the evening on Tuesday. The split left Tufts with a 3-2 record on its spring break trip.

At Lynchburg College's Fox Field, Ragonese singled and scored in the second and then hit a two-run home run in the fourth to give the Jumbos a 3-1 lead. With Tufts leading just 4-3, Decembrele hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning to put the visitors up 7-3. Senior shortstop Brian Casey (Milford, MA) had three hits and scored two runs for Tufts, while senior LF Kyle Backstrom (Worcester, MA) and senior DH Nick Curato (Cumberland, ME) also had three hits as the Jumbos finished with 13 overall.

Senior Carolos Lopez (Brooklyn, NY) made a good start for the Jumbos, allowing five hits and three runs while striking out seven in seven innings for the victory. Freshman Jordan Goldberg (Westborough, MA) had his second strong relief stint, finishing the game with two scoreless innings. Ronnie LaBrie (Vinton, VA) went 2 for 4 and drove in all three Hornet runs. LaBrie plated two runs with a third-inning home run off Lopez and drove in another on a fifth-inning double. Jon Crews (Lynchburg, VA) went 2 for 4 and Cameron Grant (Lynchburg, VA) went 2 for 3 and stole a base.

The Jumbos then had more than a 200 mile drive to play at War Memorial Stadium on Tuesday night against Greensboro College. GC found its hitting stroke that night with an 18-5 victory over Tufts, accounting for 23 hits in the game. Behind spectacular hitting displays by Taylor Kennedy (4-4, 4 RBI, 2 doubles), James Hone (4-5, 4 RBI, double, triple) and Pat Burgess (3-5, RBI), the Pride moved to 13-12 overall.

GC opened the first with three straight hits, including consecutive doubles by Kyle Bolick and Taylor Kennedy to score the opening run of the game. After a Burgess single to centerfield put runners on the corners, Jess Maloney grounded out allowing Kennedy to trot home from third. Two batters later, Hone connected on a double to right, scoring Burgess from third giving GC a 3-0 lead. The Pride added one run in the second inning, generated by Tyler Wolfe�s single through the right side of the infield. Wolfe moved to second on a wild pitch before a single to left field by Kennedy scored the fourth run.

Tufts stormed back in the third inning, starting with a double down the right field line by freshman 2B Alex Grzymala (East Setauket, NY). Casey followed with a run-scoring single through the left side of the infield for the first run by the Jumbos. Two batters later Kyle Backstrom (Worcester, MA) tripled to left field, scoring Casey, slicing the lead in half to 4-2. Bryan McDavitt (Holden, MA) then singled, scoring Backstrom from third base. Ragonese put runners on the corners with a single, moving McDavitt to third base. Two batters later a single to left field off the bat of freshman catcher Alex Perry (Danvers, MA) plated Decembrele and Ragonese, in the process giving Tufts a 5-4 lead.

GC scored for the fourth straight inning, adding two runs in the fourth. In the fifth, GC tacked on three more runs, this time coming with two outs. After a scoreless sixth, the Pride returned to scoring form in the seventh, scoring five runs to put the game out of reach. Torrey Lowe cranked a home run to left in the eighth, moving the GC lead to 17-5, before a double to left by Daniel Poindexter. Andrew Norris followed with a grounder to the short for the final run of the game, and the 18-5 victory.