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Game 1 -    Trinity 4    Tufts 0 (7 inn.)
Game 2 -    Tufts 13    Trinity 6

At Hartford, CT
Saturday, April 21, 2007

Game 1 Box Score

Game 2 Box Score

HARTFORD -- The Tufts baseball team improved its chances of landing a NESCAC Tournament berth, and of winning the NESCAC East Division pennant, with a double-header split at Trinity College on Saturday afternoon. Trinity won the first game 4-0, and Tufts took the nightcap 13-6.

Tufts, ranked No. 5 in New England, moves to 17-8 overall and 7-2 in the division. The Bantams, ranked No. 2 in New England and No. 20 in the nation, are now 22-5 overall and finished 8-4 in the NESCAC East Division. With the split, Tufts won the series including Friday's 2-1 victory.

In the first game, Trinity junior RHP Tim Kiely (Swampscott, MA) pitched the first perfect game in the 139-year history of Trinity College baseball to lead the Bantams to a 4-0 win. He struck out six of the first nine batters he faced and finished with nine K�s for the day, and allowed just two routine fly balls to leave the infield in an efficient, 79-pitch performance. The closest Tufts came to reaching base was a liner over the head of Trinity SS Tom DiBenedetto (Fort Myers, FL) that the junior leaped for and caught at the peak of his jump to save the perfect game.

Trinity scored three runs in fourth inning on a lead-off double by freshman 1B Kent Graham (Longmeadow, MA), a single by junior OF Matt Stafford (Plymouth, MA) that scored Graham after it was misplayed by the Tufts centerfielder, and a two-run homer run by freshman OF James Wood (Windham, NH). Bantam junior 3B Guy Gogliettino (Wallingford, CT) tripled in an insurance run in the sixth frame. Tufts junior LHP Adam Telian (Stoughton, MA) also went the distance, striking out four and scattering 10 hits in a losing effort.

In the nightcap, Tufts scored six runs in the top of the sixth inning to take the lead for good at 8-3. Trinity had gone ahead, 3-2, in the bottom of the fifth frame on a double by sophomore C Sean Killeen (Greenfield, MA) and an RBI single by Stafford. Jumbo junior OF Steve Ragonese (Upper Saddle River, NJ) started the rally with a lead-off, solo homer to centerfield. Three straight Jumbos drew walks with one out and four different Tufts players delivered run-scoring singles including a two-run knock by Ragonese in his second at-bat of the inning. Sophomore CF Dave Katzman (North Andover, MA) would add three runs to the Tufts lead witha double in the eighth inning.

Tufts junior RHP Jason Protano (Milford, MA) pitched five innings to earn the win, while senior righty Carlos Lopez (Brooklyn, NY) retired three batters with two Bantam runners on base in the sixth inning and went the last four innings to earn a save. Senior SS Brian Casey (Milford, MA) finished 4 for 6 with three RBIs and two runs scored for Tufts, while Katzman went 3 for 5 with five RBIs and two runs. Sophomore LF Eric Catalanotti (Worcester, MA) scored three runs with a 2 for 4 effort at the plate.

Killeen finished 3 for 5 at the plate with a double and a home run and Graham went 2 for 4 with a homer, two runs, and three RBI for the Bantams in the second game.