Teams: Baseball: Schedule & Results
JUMBOS CLINCH NESCAC TOURNAMENT BERTH IN SPLIT WITH COLBY
COLLEGE BASEBALL FINAL SCORES
Game 1 -- Colby 7, Tufts 6
Game 2 -- Tufts 17, Colby 3
At Medford, MA (Huskins Field)
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score
|Freshman OF Chase Rose was an offensive
leader for the Jumbos on Saturday
MEDFORD -- The Tufts University baseball team clinched a berth
into the NESCAC Tournament with a 17-3 win over Colby College in the
second game of a double-header on Saturday afternoon at Huskins
Field. In the opener, the Mules won 7-6 for their first victory
against the Jumbos since the 2001 season. That ended a streak of 20
straight losses to Tufts.
Tufts finished second in the NESCAC East Division at 6-6 and
improved to 16-13 overall. The Mules are assured of an overall
winning record with their 16-13 mark and two games remaining. They
are now 3-8 in the league.
In game one's seven-inning win, Colby got out to a 3-0 lead in
the first inning as senior RF Nick Spillane (Darien, CT) hit a
two-run single. The Mules got a good start from junior pitcher RT
Tourek (Wexford, PA), who was able to hold the lead. Tufts scored a
run after two were out in the fourth on a single by sophomore
catcher Alex Perry (Danvers, MA), a hit by pitch and a
run-scoring base hit by freshman SS Dave Leresche (St. Louis, MO).
The Mules extended the margin to 6-1 with three in the fifth.
Sophomore 1B Ryan Conlon (Ridgefield, CT) hit a two-run home run and
Spillane smacked an RBI double. The Jumbos got themselves back into
the game on a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth by
sophomore 1B Corey Pontes (Milton, MA) off Tourek to make it
6-4. After a scoreless sixth, Colby scored an unearned run in the
top of the seventh. Senior DH Colin Riggs (Duxbury, MA) hit a
one-out single, pinch runner Chris Murdock (Briarcliff Manor, NY)
stole second and he scored on a Tufts error making it 7-4. The run
ended up being the game-winner, as Tufts freshman Chase Rose
(Scottsdale, AZ) clocked a two-run home run in the bottom of the
seventh against Colby reliever Ryan Murphy (Mansfield, MA). Murphy
retired the last two Jumbos to earn a save.
Spillane finished 2 for 4 with 3 RBI to lead Colby in game one.
Sophomore CF Ken Kaufman (Lexington, MA) was 3 for 3 and scored two
runs in the leadoff spot. Tourek (4.1 innings, five hits, three
runs) earned the victory, improving to 2-0.
Pontes (2 for 4, 2 runs, 3 RBI) and Leresche (2 for 3, 1 RBI)
were the Jumbos with multiple hits. Senior Jason Protano
(Milford, MA) took the loss, allowing seven hits and three runs
in 2.1 innings.
The Mules got out to a 3-0 lead in game two as well, boosted by a
two-run home run from sophomore catcher Michael Cuqua (Walpole, MA)
in the second inning. However, those were the only runs they would
score off Tufts freshman starter Pat O'Donnell (Worcester, MA).
He pitched a complete game for his fifth win of the year. The Jumbo
offense scored seven in the second and eight in the fourth to run
away with the NESCAC Tournament-clinching victory.
Tufts sent 11 men to the plate and scored five in the bottom of
the second to take their first lead of the day at 7-3. Both junior
3B Kevin Casey (Milford, MA) and freshman LF Ian Goldberg
(Lake Forest, IL) hit RBI doubles. Two walks, a hit batter and
an error by Colby helped the cause. The eight-run fourth inning for
Tufts included runs scored and RBIs from Leresche, Perry and
freshman CF Derek Miller (Whitman, MA), along with a two-run
double by Rose.
O'Donnell settled down nicely after the second, allowing only one
Mule batter to reach third the rest of the way. He allowed seven
hits, two walks and three runs in nine innings while striking out
three. Colby did not reach second base from the sixth inning on.
Tufts' 15-hit attack in the second game was paced by Rose (3 for
4, 3 RBI, 2 runs), Perry (3 for 4, 2 RBI, 2 runs) and sophomore 2B
Alex Grzymala (East Setauket, NY), who scored three runs and
had an RBI.
The Mules were led by Cuqua (2 for 4, 2 RBI, 1 run) and sophomore
2B John LaMantia (Gates Mills, OH) at 2 for 3.