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Trinity (CT) 7, Tufts 1

At Hartford, CT
Saturday, April 4, 2009

Game Box Score

Alex Perry hit a solo home run to score the lone Tufts run

HARTFORD -- Junior RHP Jeremiah Bayer (Greenfield, MA) tossed a six-hitter with nine strikeouts and two walks and senior co-captain Sean Killeen (Greenfield, MA) went 2 for 4 with a double and a grand slam in the fifth inning to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 7-1 win over the visiting Tufts University Jumbos in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East Division baseball action this afternoon.

Trinity, the defending national champion and ranked No. 4 in New England and in the nation, improves to 13-3 overall and 4-0 in the division. The Jumbos fall to 5-11 overall and 2-2 in the NESCAC East. The teams will complete the three-game series in Hartford tomorrow with a double-header beginning at noon.

With the game tied at 1-1 after a solo homer by Jumbo junior co-captain C Alex Perry (Danvers, MA) to lead off the fifth inning, Trinity loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the inning on three straight walks. Bantam junior OF Jack Abbott (Longmeadow, MA) legged out a grounder up the middle that was fielded by Tufts sophomore SS David Leresche (St. Louis, MO), and beat the throw to first to give the Bantams a 2-1 lead. A Tufts error game Trinity another run and Killeen cleared the bases with a blast well over the left field wall. Bayer held the Jumbos to just one single over the final three innings to secure the victory.

Trinity had taken the lead in the second frame when junior 1B Kent Graham (Longmeadow, MA) singled to center field and advanced to second on an error. Classmate Joe Markovich (Mill Creek, WA) scored Graham on a ground ball. Both teams squandered scoring chances in the fourth inning, as Tufts put runners on first and second base with none out only to have the runner on second base get doubled up on a popped up bunt. Killeen doubled and advanced to third, but was cut off at the plate trying to score on a throw to first base after a dropped third strike. In a 0-0 ballgame in the second, Tufts freshman 2B Sam Sager (Cranston, RI) hit a one-out double and was stranded there.

Trinity's Graham finished 3 for 4, while Leresche and Sager were each 2 for 4 for the Jumbos. Tufts junior righty Tom Hill (Robbinsville, NJ) pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless relief. Only one of the Trinity runs in the game was earned as Tufts committed three errors.