Teams: Baseball: Schedule & Results
JUMBOS FINISH SPRING TRIP WITH ROUSING 12-10 WIN
AT VIRGINIA WESLEYAN
COLLEGE BASEBALL FINAL SCORE
Tufts 12 Virginia Wesleyan 10
At Virginia Beach, VA
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Game Box Score
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Sunday�s 12-10
victory for Tufts University over host Virginia Wesleyan College
finished the team's spring break trip with an impressive comeback.
The Jumbos (7-4) erupted for nine runs over the last three innings,
posting five in the eighth, to pull out the victory. The Marlins
(14-8), who built a 10-3 lead after six innings, and seemingly had
matters in hand, were stunned by a Jumbo team that showed fortitude
at the end of a long road trip.
The Jumbos started to
chip away at the deficit with a two-run seventh inning helped by a
single by Bryan McDavitt (Holden, MA). Virginia Wesleyan came
back with back-to-back singles from seniors Matt Hudgins (Virginia
Beach, VA) and Ricky Allred (Virginia Beach, VA) in the bottom of
the inning, but left them stranded without the supporting hits.
That opened the door for Tufts in the top of the eighth and the
Jumbos seized the opportunity immediately as Chris Decembrele
(Walpole, MA) ripped a solo homer to lead off the inning. Three
hits, one hit batsman, a fielder�s choice, a VWC error and a wild
pitch later, the Jumbos had four more runs across the plate to
create a 10-all tie.
Virginia Wesleyan answered
quickly as sophomore Brandon Hathaway (Williamsburg, VA) led off the
bottom of the eighth with a single. He stole second and watched the
Marlins� spark snuffed out as Tufts turned three consecutive outs to
keep the score tied heading into the top of the ninth.
That started off well for Virginia Wesleyan as the first two Jumbos
batters struck out looking. But Caleb Sims (Burlington, MA)
kept things alive by drawing a walk and stealing second base.
John Temple (Boca Raton, FL) also drew a walk, setting things up
for Brian Casey (Milford, MA) who doubled to right field to
score both runners for what turned out to be the go-ahead runs.
Virginia Wesleyan�s bottom of the ninth capped the home team�s fall
as the Marlins were put down 1-2-3 to end the game.
Steve Ragonese (Upper Saddle River, NJ) recorded a double and
two singles for Tufts, which also received three singles from Sims.
Both teams connected for 13 hits, with Hudgins leading the Marlins
with a double and two singles.
A total of 13 pitchers threw in the game, including
seven by Tufts. Carlos Lopez (Brooklyn, NY) started for the
Jumbos and Casey finished, picking up the win. The group combined to
strike out eight batters and walk five. Virginia Wesleyan opened
with rookie Nick Pisula (Virginia Beach, VA) and closed with rookie
Nick Wilson (Virginia Beach, VA). The Marlins� sextet struck out six
batters and walked five.
The Jumbos return home and
begin their NESCAC East Division schedule at Huskins Field next
weekend against Bates College. Virginia Wesleyan will compete again
on Monday at Averett University in a non-conference game beginning
at 2:30 p.m.