Teams: Baseball: Schedule & Results
JUMBOS ELIMINATE AMHERST TO GAIN BERTH INTO NESCAC FINALS
COLLEGE BASEBALL FINAL SCORE
Tufts 9 Amherst 4
At Williamstown, MA
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Game Box Score
The Tufts University baseball team played itself back into
contention for the 2007 NESCAC championship on Saturday. After Tufts
lost its opening game to Amherst, 8-7, on Friday, the Jumbos
rebounded today with an 11-6 win over Bowdoin in the morning to
eliminate the Polar Bears, followed by a 9-4 victory against the
Lord Jeffs in the afternoon.
Tufts will now play host Williams College tomorrow
for the championship. The Jumbos must defeat the Ephs twice to take
the title. The first game will start at 10:00 am, followed if
necessary by a winner-takes-all game. Amherst's season is over with
a 20-14 record.
The Jumbos scored five runs in the sixth inning to
break open the game against Amherst. They led 1-0 when freshman DH
Corey Pontes (Milton, MA) led off the third and scored on a
single by senior catcher Chris Decembrele (Walpole, MA).
Pontes then hit a two-run home run in the fifth for a 3-0 Jumbo
lead. Amherst got one back in the bottom of the fifth when Tom Scott
(Randolph, NJ) singled to right center and Josh Card (North Adams,
MA) sent an RBI-double to the gap for his second hit of the game.
In the sixth, the first six Tufts hitter reached
base to knock Amherst starter Ryan Platzbecker (Westlake, OH) out of
the game. The big blow was a bases-loaded triple by sophomore
Kevin Casey (Milford, MA) that gave Tufts a 6-1 lead. He would
later score on a single by Pontes, who finished the day 4 for 5 with
three RBIs and two runs scored.
Armed with a big lead, Tufts junior Jason Protano
(Milford, MA) held off the Lord Jeffs through the eighth. Lord
Jeffs singles by Michael Neff (New York, NY) and Josh Card (North
Adams, MA), along with a sacrifice fly by Brendan Powers (Walpole,
MA), in the seventh made the score 8-4 Tufts. A triple by Decembrele
and a single by Brian Casey (Milford, MA) brought home the
ninth Tufts run, while Card had a sacrifice fly for a run in the
bottom of the ninth for the Lord Jeffs.
The Jumbos, who will play for the NESCAC
championship for the second straight season, got two hits apiece
from Brian Casey, Kevin Casey and Decembrele, and finished with 11
total. Protano allowed nine hits and four runs.
Card (3 for 4, three RBIs), Tom Scott (2 for 3, two
runs) and Powers (2 for 1, one RBI) led Amherst offensively.