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Tufts 13, Bentley 2

At Waltham, MA
Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Game Box Score

Junior co-captain Kevin Casey scored three times from the top of the Tufts order

WALTHAM -- The Tufts baseball team used a 19-hit attack and solid pitching from eight different hurlers to score a 13-2 victory at Bentley College on Wednesday afternoon. The win stopped a four-game losing streak for Tufts (14-12). The Falcons, an NCAA Division II team, fell to 17-23 overall after losing for the first time in four games.

Tufts scored in the first four innings of the game to lead 9-0. The Jumbos scored single runs in the first and second innings, on RBI singles from sophomore 1B Corey Pontes (Milton, MA) and junior 3B Kevin Casey (Milford, MA), respectively. Freshman SS David Leresche (St. Louis, MO) hit a two-run double in the third for a 4-0 Tufts lead, and then hit another two-run double when Tufts opened the game up with five runs in the fourth. Freshman DH Chase Rose (Scottsdale, AZ) added a two-run single in the fourth.

As is often the case in mid-week non-conference games, Tufts gave work to a lot of arms and most were very successful against the Falcons. Freshman Ed Bernstein (Foxborough, MA) started and pitched two perfect innings with three strike outs. He earned the decision for his first collegiate victory. Junior Mike Stefaniak (Needham, MA) pitched a 1-2-3 third as the Jumbos retired the first nine batters they faced. Among the parade of pitchers, freshman Jack Dilday (Long Beach, CA), freshman Pat O'Donnell (Worcester, MA) and senior Jason Protano (Milford, MA) all went an inning and allowed no runs on one hit apiece.

Bentley scored its only two runs in the fifth inning. Freshman LF Chris Stewart was hit by a pitch to lead off and moved to third on a double by freshman 1B Ross Curley. Stewart scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman SS Tanner Bathel and freshman DH Ricardo Sullivan singled home Curley.

The Jumbos had base runners in the fifth through eighth innings, but did not score and continued to lead 9-2. They added four more in the top of the ninth, which included run-scoring singles by sophomore catcher Alex Perry (Danvers, MA) and junior RF Eric Catalanotti (Grafton, MA).

Seven Jumbos finished with at least two hits. Leresche was 3 for 5 with a run and four RBI, Rose went 2 for 5 with two runs and three RBI and Casey finished 2 for 4 with three runs and an RBI.

Curley had three of Bentley's 10 hits while Sullivan was 2 for 4 with the RBI.