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Tufts 12, UMass Dartmouth 3

At Medford, MA
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Game Box Score

Jack Dilday worked out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth

MEDFORD -- Five Tufts University relievers held UMass Dartmouth batters to one hit and no runs in seven innings of work, and four Jumbo batters combined to drive in 10 runs as Tufts defeated the Corsairs 12-3 in non-league baseball action at Huskins Field on a rainy Tuesday afternoon.

Tufts (13-15) won for the eighth time in the last 10 games. UMass Dartmouth (7-21) has lost five of six.

In a designated staff day for the Tufts pitchers, which is a typical mid-week tactic used by Tufts coach John Casey to give several hurlers some innings, the Corsairs had three of their four hits and scored all of their runs against starter Pat O'Donnell (Worcester, MA). UMass Dartmouth senior 1B Casey Askeland (Dartmouth, MA) tripled home two runs in the top of the first. After Tufts got a run back in the bottom of the first, Corsair sophomore catcher Matt Ryan (Uxbridge, MA) led off the second with a single and scored when the throw while he was advancing to second on a wild pitch went into the outfield and was misplayed. UMD led 3-1.

From there it was all Jumbos. They scored four in the third before the Corsairs recorded an out, taking a 5-3 lead. Three runs came in on an opposite field home run by sophomore RF Chase Rose (Scottsdale, AZ). Junior 1B Nate Bankoff (Lynnfield, MA), who had singled in a run in the third, doubled to lead off the fifth and scored on a single by junior catcher Alex Perry (Danvers, MA) for a 6-3 Tufts advantage. A three-run Tufts sixth was highlighted by a two-run single from senior 3B Kevin Casey (Milford, MA). Sophomore LF Ian Goldberg (Lake Forest, IL) doubled home a run and scored in the seventh, as Tufts took an 11-3 lead. Perry had an RBI single with two outs in the eighth for the final run.

Despite their wildness, the Tufts bullpen held the Corsairs scoreless. Sophomore Ed Bernstein (Foxborough, MA) was the pitcher of record to earn the win, allowing one hit and striking out three in his two innings of work. UMass Dartmouth did not have a hit in its final 22 plate appearances. In the fifth, with the bases loaded and no outs in a 5-3 game, sophomore Jack Dilday (Long Beach, CA) retired three straight to keep UMD from scoring. Freshman Chris DeGoti (Miami, FL) then went three no-hit innings. Rose came in from right field to pitch the ninth. The bullpen did walk five and hit four batters, but none of them scored.

Goldberg was 2 for 4 with three runs scored and an RBI at the top of the Tufts order. Sophomore SS David Leresche (St. Louis, MO) finished 3 for 4 with two runs and an RBI. Bankoff (2 for 4, 2 runs, 2 RBI), Rose (1 for 5, 4 RBI, run), Perry (2 for 4, 2 RBI) and Casey (1 for 4, 2 RBI) were also key contributors.

Sophomore CF Jeff Macchi (Franklin, MA) was on base three times for UMD with a walk and two hit-by-pitches. Sophomore SS Ryan McDermott (Pembroke, MA) walked twice and scored a run. Corsairs starter Nial Mitchell (Rehoboth, MA) took the loss, allowing five hits and five runs in three innings. He walked four and struck out one.

The Jumbos travel to Colby this weekend (Apr. 24-25) for three NESCAC East Division games. UMass Dartmouth hosts Newbury tomorrow.