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Tufts 3, Bates 1
Bates 14, Tufts 6

At Medford, MA
Saturday, March 28, 2009

Game 1 Box Score

Game 2 Box Score

Junior Tom Hill had a strong relief outing in the second game

MEDFORD -- Tufts University and Bates College split a NESCAC East Division double-header on Saturday afternoon at Huskins Field. Tufts (4-10, 2-1) won the opener 3-1, but Bates (3-8, 1-2) took a 14-6 final in the nightcap.

Three Tufts pitchers limited Bates to five hits in the seven-inning first game. Senior Mike Stefaniak (Needham, MA) earned the win in relief, pitching 3.2 innings allowing three hits and one run. He came on with the bases loaded and one out in the third and retired the next two hitters to stop the threat. Freshman Chris DeGoti (Miami, FL) got out of a jam in the seventh to earn the save. Bates' Paul Chiampa (Bryantville, MA) and Chuck Murphy-Romboletti (Holyoke, MA) allowed just five Tufts hits in the game. Sophomore Chris Burke (Andover, MA) had three of the Bates hits, while freshman 2B Sam Sager (Cranston, RI) was 2 for 2 for Tufts.

The Jumbos scored one in the first, sparked by senior 3B Kevin Casey's (Milford, MA) lead-off single. He moved to third on a hit-by-pitch and a walk, then scored on a sacrifice fly by junior DH Nate Bankoff (Lynnfield, MA). Tufts went up 2-0 in the fourth on singles by sophomore RF Chase Rose (Scottsdale, AZ) and Sager. Bates made it a 2-1 game in the fifth when junior SS Tom Beaton (West Newbury, MA) was hit by a pitch and stole second. He scored on a double by Burke. Tufts got an insurance run in the sixth on a sac fly by junior C Alex Perry (Danvers, MA).

Bates built a 12-0 lead in the second game. After a run in the first on a single by Burke, then two more in the second, they exploded for seven in the third. A two-run double by freshman 3B Mike Ciummei (Acton, MA) was in the middle of it. Sophomore 2B Noah Burke (Appleton, ME) also singled in a run and scored during the inning. Chris Burke had an RBI ground out in the fifth that extended the Bobcat margin to 12-0.

Bates starter Ryan Heide (Medfield, MA) went six innings allowing four hits and one earned run, striking out six and walking one. He departed with a 12-2 lead. The Jumbos scored three times in the seventh to make it 12-5, with a two-run double off the bat of junior 1B Corey Pontes (Milton, MA). He finished 3 for 4 with three RBI. Junior Caleb Sims (Burlington, MA) singled home a run in the Tufts ninth to finish 2 for 4 with two runs and an RBI.

Junior reliever Tom Hill (Robbinsville, NJ) quieted the Bates Bates nicely over a seven-inning stint, allowing three hits and one earned run. Bates sophomore C Gordy Webb (Hampden, ME) touched him for a two-run home run in the ninth and finished 2 for 5 with three RBI and two runs in the game. Noah Burke was 2 for 4 with two runs and an RBI in game two.

Tufts hosts Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Wednesday afternoon. Bates is next in action on Tuesday for their home opener against Husson.