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Tufts 15, Lynchburg 11

At Lynchburg, VA
Friday, March 19, 2009

Game Box Score

Dave Ryan earned the opening day start for the Jumbos

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- In its 2010 season opener, the Tufts University baseball team pounded out 17 hits as the Jumbos ended Lynchburg's five-game winning streak with a 15-11 win over the Hornets in non-conference play from Fox Field Friday.

The Jumbos were paced by junior 2B Frank Petroskey (Dallas, TX), a transfer from Vermont, who went 3 for 4 with three runs in his first game for Tufts. Junior shortstop David LeResche (St. Louis, MO) was 3 for 5 with two runs and two RBI in the lead-off spot, while junior CF David Orlowitz (Wakefield, MA) and sophomore 3B Sam Sager (Cranston, RI) also added three hits.

The Jumbos (1-0) opened up a 3-0 lead on the Hornets, scoring one run in the first and two in the second. LC (11-4) responded with three runs in the third inning to tie the score at three, and took its first advantage in the third on a Brock Shiflett (Richmond, VA) homer, the first of his career. Tufts regained the lead with two runs in the fourth inning, as Orlowitz singled in a pair of runs off of LC starter Zac Patrick (Midlothian, VA) for a 5-4 Jumbo lead.

LC retied the game at five in the sixth inning, but the Jumbos scored three in the seventh inning and seven runs in the top of the ninth to take a 15-6 bulge. Junior LF Ben Walkley (Trumbull, CT) doubled home two runs in the seventh. Junior RF Chase Rose (Scottsdale, AZ) smacked a two-run double in the ninth.

The Hornets battled though and scored five runs in the bottom half of the ninth, and had a chance to tie the game with the bases loaded with two outs. However, Tufts junior Pat O'Donnell (Worcester, MA) came on and got a ground-ball out to record the save.

Lynchburg was led by Shiflett, who was 4 for 5 with three runs and two RBI, while Richie Palase (Staten Island, NY) continued his scorching play of late with a 3 for 3 day, scoring three times to go with three RBI and two stolen bases. Palase is now nine for his last 13 with six runs and nine RBI. Junior Chris Colquhoun (Virginia Beach, VA) was 3 for 6 with two runs scored for LC, who dropped its first game to Tufts in three years. Freshman Dan Savage (Ashburn, VA) was 2 for 3 while Jordan Watkins (Freeland, MD/Hereford) added two hits in four at bats for Lynchburg.

Sophomore Dave Ryan (Trumbull, CT) got the opening day start for Tufts, the first start of his career. He allowed eight hits and four runs in five innings.

The Jumbos continue their spring break trip at Washington & Lee University on Sunday at 1:00 pm. Lynchburg finishes its six-game week tomorrow afternoon, as it travels to Harrisonburg, Virginia to take on Eastern Mennonite University in conference play starting at 1 pm.

Materials provided by Lynchburg College were used in this game release