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Tufts 5, Colby 3

At Waterville, ME
Friday, April 24, 2009

Game Box Score

Sophomore SS David Leresche drove in the winning runs in the top of the ninth

WATERVILLE, Me. -- The Tufts University baseball team, down to its last out, scored three unearned runs in the top of the ninth inning and then held on for a 5-3 victory over Colby College in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East Division baseball play Friday at Coombs Field.

Colby (5-19 overall, 1-9 NESCAC East) led 3-2 heading into the ninth and relief pitcher Wil Hartigan got the first two outs of the inning. An error and then a hit batter put runners on base for Jumbo freshman 2B Sam Sager (Cranston, RI), who had an RBI double to tie the game at 3-3. Sophomore SS David LeResche (St. Louis, MO) followed with a two-run single to give the Jumbos their final two runs.

Tufts freshman Chris DeGoti (Miami, FL) worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning with two strikeouts for his third save, while fellow sophomore Pat O�Donnell (Worcester, MA) earned the win after entering the game in the third inning. The Jumbos are battling Bowdoin for the East's second berth into the upcoming conference tournament. The Polar Bears (18-15, 5-5) were 5-3 winners at Bates today. Tufts holds the tie-breaker after taking two out of three from Bowdoin last weekend.

Tufts (14-15, 5-5) scored a lone run in the first inning on an RBI single by Chase Rose (Scottsdale, AZ) to lead 1-0 at Colby.

Colby scored two runs in the third inning on a two-run single by Ken Kaufman (Lexington, MA) that brought in Kyle McKay (Bedford, NH) and John LaMantia (Gates Mills, OH).

The Mules went ahead 3-1 in the sixth inning when Ryan Conlon (Ridgefield, CT) was hit by a pitch and later scored on a wild pitch. Tufts cut the margin to one run when junior catcher Alex Perry (Danvers, MA) doubled and later scored on a single by Sager.

Colby and Tufts will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at noon at Coombs Field.