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Methodist 3    Tufts 2

At Fayetteville, NC
Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Game Box Score

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- The Tufts baseball team scored two runs in the top of the second inning to take the early lead, but the Methodist University Monarchs tied the game in the bottom of the inning and took the lead in the fifth inning for a 3-2 victory over the Jumbos. Methodist moves to 15-7 overall while Tufts falls to 3-3 this season.

The Jumbos put together three hits in the second inning including a triple by catcher Chris Decembrele (Walpole, MA)  to take a 2-0 lead. The three-bagger scored senior DH Nick Curato (Cumberland, ME) from first. Sophomore CF Dave Katzman (North Andover, MA) then drove home Decembrele with a single.

Methodist came back in the bottom of the inning when junior Scott Russell led off with a bunt single. Freshman Brian Halpin's ground out moved Russell to second and sophomore Philip Betterly singled to score Russell. Betterly moved to second on the throw home and a double by senior Jonathan Spivey scored Betterly to tie the game.

With the game still tied at two going into the bottom of the fifth, freshman Seth Kivett led off with a double deep in centerfield. Junior Kyle Eudy's sacrifice bunt moved Kivett to third and Kivett was able to score on a passed ball for the eventual game-winning run.

Freshman Landon Jordan pitched seven innings for the Monarch win while freshman Fred Geisinger finished the game for the save. Together they allowed six Jumbo hits and two walks.

Tufts also got solid pitching performances from freshmen. David Gibbs (Harrison, NY) started and went 5.2 innings, allowing five hits and three runs. Thomas Hill (Robbinsville, NJ) finished up with 2.1 innings of one-hit relief.