Teams: Baseball: Schedule & Results
JUMBOS FINISH SPRING TRIP WITH 16-11 LOSS AT VIRGINIA
COLLEGE BASEBALL FINAL SCORE
Virginia Wesleyan 16, Tufts 11
At Virginia Beach, VA
Monday, March 24, 2008
Game Box Score
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- C.J. Rhodes connected for a
home run, a double and a single in four times at bat to help power
Virginia Wesleyan College's baseball Marlins to a 16-11 victory over
Tufts University in a non-conference battle that stretched out over
more than four hours Monday at Marlins Field.
The game was a slugfest that produced the 27 runs
with the help of 29 hits, 17 walks, and eight total errors. Fourteen
pitchers took turns firing the ball, seven by each team. Virginia
Wesleyan prevailed through it all, improving to 15-8-1 overall and
snapping a four-game winning streak for Tufts' Jumbos, who will
return home after a 6-5 spring break trip.
Rhodes helped sparked the Marlins' offense, driving
in six runs and scoring twice. He belted his third homer of the
season in the second inning, scoring senior Ozz Dhramapitaksook, who
led off the inning by taking a base on a Tufts error. That shot gave
VWC a 2-0 lead, but Tufts came back hard to push in front 6-2
entering the bottom of the fifth. Junior RF Eric Catalanotti
(Grafton, MA) doubled home a run and scored in the fifth. The
Marlins closed the gap with three runs in the bottom of the inning,
which included a triple from junior Phil Cadle.
After sophomore Nick Wilson and rookie Colin McNulty
combined to keep the Jumbos scoreless in the top of the sixth, the
Marlins pounced on the opportunity to take the lead and did so with
a five-hit, five-run answer in the bottom of the inning. Rhodes
ripped a two-run single in the inning and came back in the bottom of
the seventh to pound out a two-run double into center field, helping
the Marlins pull away from Tufts, which had pulled within a 10-9
score with a three-run production in the top of the seventh. Senior
1B Steve Ragonese (Upper Saddle River, NJ) continued his
torrid start with a two-run double for the Jumbos in that inning. It
was all for naught however, as VWC responded with a six-hit offense
in the bottom of the seventh, which included another two-run double
into center field, this one off the bat of sophomore Mike Marion.
Tufts trailed 16-9 after eight innings, but tacked
on two more runs in the top of the ninth to produce the final score.
Wilson took the pitching victory for VWC, his first
this season. He worked 2.2 innings, pitching to 16 batters, striking
out three, and allowing only four hits and a walk. Wilson was the
fifth pitcher in the line-up for the Marlins, which started with
sophomore Daniel Samuels. Seniors David Imperato and Shawn Polke and
McNulty followed, before Wilson took the mound. Seniors Chris Deanes
and Brett Horowitz pitched to the final eight batters of the game.
Tufts also used seven pitchers, with Jason
Protano (Milford, MA) getting the start. Ed Bernstein (Foxborough,
MA), the third thrower in the line-up, took the loss after
working 2.2 innings. He allowed six hits, three walks, and eight
earned runs, while striking out three batters.
Cadle joined Rhodes in hitting 3 for 4 for the
Marlins, and senior Brian Schweers and rookie Gary Bulman connected
for two hits each. Bulman, Rhodes, and Marion all doubled for the
Sophomore DH Corey Pontes (Milford, MA),
freshman LF Chase Rose Scottsdale, AZ) and freshman C Dave
Leresche (St. Louis, MO) led Tufts with three hits each.
Catalanotti belted two doubles for the Jumbos.
Tufts opens its NESCAC East Division season on
Friday against Bates College. The game, and a double-header on
Saturday, are expected to be moved to Tufts due to poor field
conditions at Bates. Virginia Wesleyan returns to action on
Thursday, when the Marlins travel to Maryland to face the No.
14-ranked Sea Gulls of Salisbury University in a non-conference game
at 2:30 pm.