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Lynchburg 14, Tufts 7

At Lynchburg, VA
Friday, March 13, 2009

Game Box Score

Pat O'Donnell was the opening day starter for Tufts

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- The #14 Lynchburg College baseball team pounded out 23 hits as the Hornets knocked off the Jumbos of Tufts University 14-7 Friday afternoon in non-conference action from Fox Field. The game marked the 2009 season opener for Tufts.

Despite the mid-30 degree weather and constant rain, both teams� bats were hot all afternoon. The two teams combined for 40 hits, including 17 by Tufts (0-1). Tufts scored in its first-at bat as sophomore LF Ian Goldberg (Lake Forest, IL) led off with a triple and scored on a single by senior 3B Kevin Casey (Milford, MA).

Lynchburg (11-6) scored single runs in the first and second innings, before plating three runs in the third frame and two in the fourth stanza to lead 7-3.

The Hornets busted the game open in the bottom of the sixth, as they posted six runs on six hits in the frame. The inning was highlighted by a two-run single from sophomore 3B Jordan Watkins (Freeland, MD) and a two-RBI double by David Gaines, Jr. (Lynchburg, VA).

A two-run Tufts seventh featured RBI singles by junior Anthony Fucillo (Winthrop, MA) and senior RF Eric Catalanotti (Grafton, MA). Tufts added single runs in the seventh and eighth, including a triple and run scored by junior 3B Caleb Sims (Burlington, MA) in the eighth.

Every Lynchburg starter had at least one hit on the day, as Gaines, Jr., Chris Colquhoun (Virginia Beach, VA) and Matt Painter (Danville, VA) all collected four hits for the contest. Watkins finished 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBI. Junior Cameron Grant (Lynchburg, VA) was 2 for 4 with two RBI and two runs, while Jeff Taylor (Lynchburg, VA) and Kyle Bradley (Brookneal, VA) both had a pair of hits for the hosts.

LC starter Jon Nichols (Stafford, VA) got the victory, going six innings while scattering 10 hits and allowing three earned runs. The Jumbos (0-1) were led by Golberg and his 3 for 6 effort, while Sims was 2 for 3 with two runs after entering in the fifth inning. Junior LF Nate Bankoff (Lynnfield, MA) was 2 for 4, while Fucillo, Catalanotti, and David Leresche (St. Louis, MO) all finished with a pair of hits.

Tufts sophomore starter Pat O�Donnell (Worcester, MA) started and got the loss, going five innings, giving up 13 hits and surrendering three earned runs.

The Jumbos continue their spring trip with a game at Randolph-Macon on Sunday. Lynchburg is back in action Sunday afternoon at 1 pm as it travels to Lexington, VA for a league double-header with the Generals of Washington & Lee University.