Teams: Baseball: Schedule & Results
SIX-RUN SECOND INNING PROPELS EASTERN OVER TUFTS, 8-4
COLLEGE BASEBALL FINAL SCORE
Eastern Connecticut 8, Tufts 4
At Mansfield, CT
Monday, April 27, 2009
Game Box Score
|Sophomore Pat O'Donnell pitched six strong
innings in relief for Tufts
MANSFIELD, Conn. -- Travis Bass and Robert Perry
each hit second-inning home runs and drove in three runs in the game
and Mike Tingley provided timely middle relief as the Eastern
Connecticut State University baseball team held off Tufts
University, 8-4, Monday night at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.
The win is the seventh straight for Eastern (28-6),
ranked No. 9 nationally and third in New England. Tufts (16-16) had
won four straight, eight of nine and 11 of 13 entering play.
Perry and Bass hit home runs in a six-run Eastern
second inning and Bass added an RBI double and scored when the
Warriors tacked on two key insurance runs in the top of the eighth
after the Jumbos had whittled the lead to two by scoring four
unearned runs in the top of the fifth inning.
With sophomore Pat O'Donnell (Worcester, MA)
pitching effectively in relief, Tufts scored four unearned runs in
the fifth inning on on four hits (two of them infield hits) and
three Eastern errors to cut a six-run deficit to 6-4. Sophomore SS
David Leresche (St. Louis, MO) had a two-run single in the
inning for the Jumbos.
Still trailing by two, Tufts threatened in the
seventh by loading the bases with one out on a walk and two
hit-by-pitches. At that point, Tingley took over for starter Jim
Schult and ended the threat by getting cleanup hitter Nate
Bankoff (Lynnfield, MA) on a swinging third strike, and inducing
a ground ball to second. Tingley struck out the side in the eighth
before departing after walking the first batter of the ninth.
Schult (3-0) allowed seven hits, fanning six and walking two before
giving way to Tingley. O'Donnell gave up only two hits with seven
strikeouts in five innings to keep Tufts close at 6-4. In the eighth
after there were two out, John Parke singled and Bass plated him
with a double to make it 7-4 and Schult singled to make it 8-4.
Bass and Schult each had three hits while freshman 2B Sam Sager
(Cranston, RI) and LeResche had two hits apiece for Tufts.
Tufts finishes its home and regular-season schedule
on Sunday with a double-header against Babson beginning at 1 pm.
Eastern hosts Wheaton College (MA) Wednesday at 7 pm.