Teams: Baseball: Schedule & Results
STEFANIAK'S GEM EARNS SPLIT FOR JUMBOS AT NORTH CAROLINA WESLEYAN
COLLEGE BASEBALL FINAL SCORES
North Carolina Wesleyan 9, Tufts 1
Tufts 2, North Carolina Wesleyan 1
At Rocky Mount, NC
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score
|Mike Stefaniak went the distance for the win
in the nightcap
ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. -- Behind a stellar outing from senior pitcher
Mike Stefaniak (Needham, MA), the Tufts baseball team won the
second game of a double-header at North Carolina Wesleyan College,
2-1, on Thursday to earn a split. The Bishops won the first game
9-1. Stefaniak's win stopped a four-game skid for his own club and
ended NCWC's eight-game winning streak.
The nightcap proved to be a pitcher's duel between starters
Jonathan Shearon and Stefaniak. NCWC took a 1-0 lead in the fifth on
an RBI-double by Zach Alexander that plated Pat Laffin. Five outs
away from a shutout, Tufts rallied in the eighth. Shearon issued a
walk to Tufts senior CF Dave Katzman (North Andover, MA), who
came around to score on a David Leresche (St. Louis, MO)
double to left-center. Leresche later scored the eventual
game-winning run on a two-out single to right field by junior 1B
Corey Pontes (Milton, MA) to give the Jumbos (2-5) their first
lead of the day.
Stefaniak took the 2-1 advantage into the bottom of ninth, and
after Luke Williford led off the inning with a double, he got out of
the jam with a groundout, pop-up, and strikeout to end the game. The
senior righty went nine complete and allowed one run on four hits
while striking out five and walking none. Shearon (1-4) took the
tough loss, giving up two runs on six hits over 7.2 innings.
Leresche finished 2 for 4.
Behind sophomore Justin Diener's first win of the season, North
Carolina Wesleyan (12-11) had a 9-1 victory over Tufts in game one
of Thursday afternoon's non-conference twinbill at Bauer Field.
Wesleyan scored a pair of runs in each of the first three innings to
forge a 6-0 lead. Zollie Woodlief ripped a two-run double in the
first followed by a Luke Williford two-run triple in the second,
while Justin Tuck blasted a two-run homer in the third.
Tufts got on the board in the fourth on an RBI-single by
sophomore RF Ben Walkley (Trumbull, CT), but NCWC got it back
in their half of the frame when Justin Batts singled home Williford.
Up 7-1, the Bishops added two more scores in the fifth to secure the
final margin of victory.
Diener (1-2) went six complete, giving up just one run on on six
hits while striking out four. Freshman Kaleb Wessell then tossed a
scoreless seventh to close out the game. Sophomore Derek Miller
(Whitman, MA) suffered the complete game loss for the Jumbos.
Walkley finished 2 for 3.
Friday was originally scheduled to be an off-day for Tufts, but
they will make-up Sunday's postponement at Randolph-Macon tomorrow
in a 3:00 start.