Teams: Baseball: Schedule & Results
DEGOTI, LERESCHE LEAD JUMBOS TO SWEEP OF MIDDLEBURY
COLLEGE BASEBALL FINAL SCORES
Tufts 6, Middlebury 4 (7 inn.)
Tufts 9, Middlebury 4
At Medford, MA
Friday, April 10, 2009
Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score
|Sophomore SS David Leresche led Tufts
offensively during the sweep
MEDFORD -- Freshman Chris DeGoti (Miami, FL) slammed the
door on a pair of Tufts baseball wins at Huskins Field on Friday
afternoon, picking up a win and a save as the Jumbos (8-13) swept a
double-header from NESCAC West foe Middlebury (7-9), 6-4 and 9-4.
Sophomore SS David Leresche (St. Louis, MO) reached base
eight times in nine appearances on the day, driving in five runs and
scoring twice on four hits, one walk and three hit-by-pitches,
stealing three bases in the process.
The Jumbos were helped to a 4-0 lead in game one by some shaky
Middlebury defense in the second inning. With one out, three Panther
errors loaded the bases for senior CF Dave Katzman (North
Andover, MA), who cashed in with a two-run double to left
center. After a walk to senior 3B Kevin Casey (Milford, MA),
freshman 2B Sam Sager (Cranston, RI) brought in a run with a
sacrifice fly to center and Leresche knocked in Katzman with a
After being staked to the 4-0 lead, sophomore P Pat O'Donnell
(Worcester, MA) settled in for Tufts, allowing just four base
runners in the first five innings. However, the Panthers rallied
with two outs to tie the game in the sixth, as senior 1B Mark
Shimrock, junior CF Erich Enns, and senior DH Andrew Matson all had
singles before freshman C Zach Roeder tied the game with a two-run
double. DeGoti then loaded the bases by allowing a walk and a
single, but got a big strikeout to end the threat.
A Panther error helped the Jumbos to two more unearned runs in
the bottom of the sixth, as the third baseman booted Sager's two-out
groundball to load the bases. Leresche was hit by a pitch to bring
in the go-ahead run, and junior 1B Corey Pontes (Milton, MA)
drew a walk for an insurance run. DeGoti breezed through the seventh
with two K's and a groundout to seal the 6-4 win.
In the back end of the double-dip, the Jumbos scored six times in
the first three innings to jump out to a 6-1 lead. In the first,
Casey scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch to start the scoring,
followed by a Pontes RBI groundout and a sacrifice fly to center by
junior C Alex Perry (Danvers, MA).
Following a Middlebury run in the top of the second, Leresche
drove in a pair on a single to left in the bottom of the inning, and
Sager brought in sophomore LF Ian Goldberg (Lake Forest, IL)
with a single down the line in left in the third.
RBI singles by junior DH Nate Bankoff (Lynnfield, MA) and
Goldberg made it 8-1 after six, but the Panthers finally got to
senior P Mike Stefaniak (Needham, MA) in the seventh. After a
throwing error and a single through the left side, 2B Joey Liberator
chased Stefaniak with an RBI double. Freshman lefty Kevin
Gilchrist (Medford, MA) entered and gave up two more runs before
DeGoti made his second appearance, inducing an inning-ending double
play from clean-up hitter Shimrock.
The Jumbos added one more run in the bottom of the seventh as
DeGoti cruised through two more frames, striking out three in the
9-4 victory. For the day, DeGoti allowed just one run and one walk
in four innings, striking out six batters.
Saturday's Tufts-Middlebury doubleheader, originally scheduled to
be played in Medford as well, has been moved to Middlebury due to
the inclement weather in the day's forecast. The games will start at