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NESCAC Tournament
Williams 18, Tufts 5

At Williamstown, MA
Friday, May 8, 2009

Game Box Score

Nate Bankoff had two hits, a run and an RBI for Tufts

WILLIAMSTOWN -- Senior Taylor Mikell led a 23-hit attack Friday by going 4 for 4 and driving in five runs as Williams College defeated Tufts University, 18-5, in Game 1 of the 2009 NESCAC Tournament at Bobby Coombs Field.

The hit and run totals for Williams set new conference tournament records. The Ephs (25-10) advance to face defending NESCAC and national champion Trinity (27-5) in a winner's bracket game Saturday at 10:30 am. in Williamstown.

Tufts (17-18) will play Wesleyan in an elimination game at 10:30 at Wahconah Park in Pittsfield Saturday. The loser of the Trinity-Williams game and the winner of the Tufts-Wesleyan game will meet at 2:30 pm. in Williamstown in a second elimination game.

The Jumbos started well, scoring twice in the top of the first. In the first, Junior 1B Nate Bankoff (Lynnfield, MA) singled home sophomore LF Ian Goldberg (Lake Forest, IL), who had walked, and senior 3B Kevin Casey (Milford, MA) singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch. In the second, Goldberg tripled home a run and scored on a sac fly by Casey to give Tufts a 4-3 lead.

Mikell reach safely all six times he batted Friday. In the first he had an RBI double that helped the Ephs erase a 2-0 Tufts lead. In the third he singled and scored on a Zach Stone groundout to make it 5-3 Williams.

But his biggest hit came in the fourth when he crushed a bases-loaded triple off the right field wall for three runs and a 9-4 Williams lead. That shot missed being a grand slam by five feet.

Mikell also had an RBI single in a five-run fifth for the Ephs that upped their advantage to 14-5. But he also had plenty of help. Junior Chad Brown was 3 for 4 with four RBI, his big blow a three-run home run to left field in the bottom of the seventh which made it 17-5.

Williams lead-off hitter Stephen Maier hit 3 for 5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Stone was 3 for 6 with three RBI and Robin Allemand went 3 for 5 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Tufts senior pitcher Mike Stefaniak (Needham, MA) dropped to 5-2, allowing nine hits and six runs, all earned, while walking no one and fanning one in 2 1/3 innings. Williams senior Dan Benz (5-2) picked up the win, going seven full and allowing seven hits and four walks while striking out six.

Tufts finished with eight hits. Bankoff was 2 for 4 with an RBI for the Jumbos, and he singled and scored in the fifth. Goldberg scored twice.