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Tufts 7, Guilford 3

At Greensboro, NC
Monday, March 22, 2010

Game Box Score

Senior Nate Bankoff's home run broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Senior 1B Nate Bankoff's (Lynnfield, MA) two-run homer in the sixth inning broke a 2-2 tie and sent visiting Tufts University to a 7-3 baseball win at Guilford College Monday. Junior RF Chase Rose (Scottsdale, AZ) had an RBI double in the decisive sixth frame and added a two-run homer in the seventh for the Jumbos.

Now 3-0, Tufts is enjoying its best start to a season since 2003. They began their spring trip 3-0 that year as well before losing the second game of a double-header at Saint Andrew's Presbyterian College. Guilford dropped to 10-12 with the loss, their seventh straight.

Junior Derek Miller (Whitman, MA) notched the win in his first start of the young season with 7 2/3 innings of five-hit ball. He walked three and fanned six before giving way to classmate Ed Bernstein (Foxborough, MA) with two runners on in the eighth inning. Bernstein got out of the jam by striking out Will Cornelius and then fanned two in a scoreless ninth for his first save of 2010.

Kyle Wooden paced Guilford's offense with two of the Quakers' six hits, including his team-leading sixth homer of the year, a solo shot in the sixth inning. Guilford starter Zach Daw (0-2) looked strong early and fanned a career-high nine in 5 2/3 innings before Tufts came alive in the sixth inning. Will Henschel threw two scoreless innings of relief for Guilford.

Among 13 hits for the Jumbos, junior shortstop David LeResche (St. Louis, MO) continued his good work at the top of the order with a three hits and a run scored. Senior DH Corey Pontes (Milton, MA) and sophomore 2B Sam Sager (Cranston, RI) joined Bankoff and Rose as Jumbos with two hits apiece.

Tufts plays a day-night double-header tomorrow. At 1:30 they play against Averett University in Danville, Virginia. Then at 7 pm the Jumbos take on Greensboro College in North Carolina. The Quakers host Roanoke College Tuesday in a 3:30 pm Old Dominion Athletic Conference contest on McBane Field.

Information provided by Guilford College was used in this game release