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Averett 9, Tufts 1

At Danville, VA
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Game Box Score

Sophomore Sam Sager had three of Tufts' 16 hits

DANVILLE, Va. -- Sophomore starter Dave Ryan (Trumbull, CT) allowed just two hits and no runs in seven strong innings as the Tufts University baseball team remained unbeaten with a 9-1 win over Averett on Tuesday afternoon at Owen-Fulton Field. The Jumbos are 4-0 for the first time since 2000, when they won their first six games.

Tufts held Averett to just four hits overall, with freshman reliever Alex Cronkite (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) finishing the game with two innings. The lone run was unearned in the ninth. Senior Eric McGuire, who had two of Averett's four hits, singled home sophomore Kyle Newcomb in the ninth inning to avoid the shutout.

The Jumbos had taken a 3-0 lead in the second inning. A pair of free passes put two on board for freshman LF Eric Weikert (Avondale Estates, GA), who doubled in a run. A sacrifice fly and an RBI single by junior shortstop David LeResche (St. Louis, MO) brought in the other two runs to give Tufts all the run support it would need against Averett (17-11).

However, the Tufts offense, loud all week on the spring trip so far, would add more. Sophomore 3B Sam Sager (Cranston, RI) led off the third with a double and scored on a double by junior DH Ben Walkley (Trumbull, CT). In a three-run fourth inning, junior CF David Orlowitz (Wakefield, MA) hit a two-run double and scored on a single by Sager. The Jumbos added solo runs in the sixth and ninth and finished with a 16-hit attack.

Averett senior Brian Knowles gave up seven earned runs on six hits, four walks and a hit by pitch. He also finished three strikeouts in three-plus innings of work. Senior Michael Mothershead pitched the final six innings of relief. Although he allowed 10 hits, Mothershead limited Tufts to just two runs.

Sager and junior Chase Rose (Scottsdale, AZ) both finished with three hits to lead Tufts.

On a busy day, the Jumbos will play again tonight at Greensboro College in a 7:00 start. Averett returns to action on Wednesday in a make-up game at Roanoke College scheduled for a 7:30 pm start.

Information provided by Averett University was used in this game release