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Virginia Wesleyan 14, Tufts 5

At Norfolk, VA
Sunday, March 22, 2009

Game Box Score

NORFOLK, Va. -- Host Virginia Wesleyan scored six times in the bottom of the fifth inning, leading to a 14-5 victory over Tufts University on Sunday afternoon.

The Marlins, who had 15 hits in the game, improved to 13-6 overall. Tufts was playing in the final game of its spring break trip and heads back north with a 2-9 record.

VWC scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning as the first three batters got on base. Senior 2B Phil Cadle, who scored three runs in the game, walked and scored in the inning. Tufts rallied to take the lead in the second, with junior LF Anthony Fucillo (Winthrop, MA), freshman DH Matt Collins (Hopkinton, MA) and sophomore CF Ian Golberg (Lake Forest, IL) driving in the runs.

Tufts added to their lead with one in the fourth as Collins got on base by fielder's choice and scored. Virginia Wesleyan recouped one run with an RBI single by senior 1B C.J. Rhodes in the fourth. The Jumbos had the bases loaded with no outs in the fifth, but did not score. VWC followed with their six-run fifth inning, featuring a key hit by junior DH Mike Marion. The Marlins held Tufts scoreless over the final five innings, including a three-inning shutout relief stint by senior Brett Horowitz. The offense for the hosts added four runs in the final three innings for the 14-5 final.

Sophomore CF Myles Shipp was 2 for 3 with two runs for the winners, while Marion had five RBI during his 2 for 4 day. Senior SS Brandon Hathaway finished 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBI. Collins scored twice for Tufts.

The Jumbos open their home and NESCAC East Division slates at Huskins Field on Friday (Mar. 27). The Marlins host Christopher Newport on Monday.