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NESCAC Tournament
Amherst 10, Tufts 7

At Hartford, CT
Sunday, May 11, 2008

Game Box Score

HARTFORD -- Junior Brendan Powers (Walpole, MA) had five hits, including two home runs, to lead the Amherst College Lord Jeffs to a 10-7 win over the Tufts University Jumbos in an elimination game of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Baseball Championship Tournament this morning. With the win, Amherst earns a ticket to the finals against the unbeaten Trinity College Bantams (36-0), and needs to defeat Trinity twice to steal the title. The Tufts season is over with a 19-15 record.

Powers only made one out at the plate, scoring three runs and knocking in three RBI in the high scoring affair in which nine different pitchers were used. Junior Angus Schaller (Leucadia, CA) had a home run and two doubles to go along with two RBI and three runs, and senior Neal Allar (Floyds Knobs, IN), who was responsible for the game-winning hit in yesterday�s elimination game with Williams, reached base four times for the Lord Jeffs.

Powers' first home run came with two out in the first inning off Jumbo starter Jason Protano (Milford, MA), giving the Lord Jeffs a 1-0 lead. Tufts came back and answered in the bottom half of the inning with solo shot from senior Steve Ragonese (Upper Saddle River, NJ) off Amherst senior Chris Edgar (Massapequa, NY). It was a see-saw battle of sorts, as there were six lead changes in the first five innings, until Amherst took the advantage for good in the sixth with a three-run inning.

The Lord Jeffs tacked on three more runs in the eighth and one in the ninth, and Tufts answered in both innings as they had done for much of the game, but it was not enough. While pitching on both sides was thin, the Jumbos ran out of innings, and Lord Jeff first-year Max McKenna (Lexington, MA) was able notch the save in relief for Amherst, bringing Tufts� season to close. Amherst is 24-11-1 after this morning�s win.

Edgar went five innings, allowing three runs and striking out six to earn the win on the mound. Protano, who allowed four runs in five innings, three of which earned, gets the loss. Ragonese had three hits and three RBI, junior Eric Catalanotti (Grafton, MA) had two doubles and junior Kevin Casey (Milford, MA) scored three runs to highlight the Jumbos offense.