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Tufts 6, Apprentice School 4
Tufts 16, Apprentice School 12

At Hampton, VA
Saturday, March 27, 2010

Game 1 Box Score

Game 2 Box Score

Junior Ian Goldberg was 7 for 8 with four RBI and three runs scored in the double-header

HAMPTON, Va. -- The Tufts baseball team swept the Apprentice School in a seven-inning doubleheader on Saturday, winning 6-4 and 16-12 at War Memorial Stadium. The Jumbos improved to 7-2 on their spring trip. In Saturday's game at Virginia Wesleyan College, Tufts will go for the most wins on its spring trip (eight) since the 2000 season.

In the opener on Saturday, Tufts pitchers held the Builders to four hits. The Jumbo scored three in the third to take an early lead, with sophomore 3B Sam Sager (Cranston, RI) singling home a run and scoring. Apprentice scored all four of their runs in the third inning to take a lead. Andrew Yonta smashed a three-run home run scoring Josh Tuck and Ryan Wagner to put the Builders up 4-3. Tufts pushed two across in the sixth and an insurance run in the seventh to take the 6-4 decision. Junior 2B Frank Petroskey (Dallas, TX) had the eventual game-winning RBI single in the sixth and Sager led off the seventh with a double and scored.

The Jumbos gave Builder freshman Ethan Halberg the loss, his first in eight decisions. Sager (2 for 4, 2 runs, RBI) led Tufts offensively with senior 1B Nate Bankoff (Lynnfield, MA), who was 2 for 3 with two RBI and a run, and junior LF Ian Goldberg (Lake Forest, IL), who was 3 for 3 with a run and an RBI. Freshman Alex Cronkite (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) got the pitching win in relief, allowing one hit and no runs with two strike outs in 1.2 innings of work. Sophomore Chris DeGoti (Miami, FL) pitched a 1-2-3 seventh for the save.

In the nightcap, both teams went wild in the last two innings combining to score 19 of the 28 total runs in the final two innings. Tufts scored three in the top of the fourth, as Bankoff (3 for 4, 2 runs, 2 RBI) was in the middle of things again with an RBI single. However, the Builders doubled that to take a 6-3 lead after five. Run-scoring singles from Tuck and Jonathan Dehoux were followed by a run-scoring double from Yonta and a two-run double from Dory Fields to give the Builders the 6-3 lead.

After that is when the runs lit up the scoreboard. Tufts put up five runs in the sixth to take an 8-6 advantage. Petroskey's three-run home run was the big hit. Apprentice School pushed a run across in their half of the sixth on a one-out single from Wagner to make it 8-7.

In the seventh, the Jumbos sent eight men to the plate before recording the first out of the inning. A two-run double from Goldberg highlighted the eight-run outburst to put Tufts ahead 16-7. He had doubled home a run in the sixth as well. The Builders responded with a five-spot in their half of the inning. Dehoux started it with a solo home run and Wagner's two-run double later in the inning plated what turned into the final runs of the game.

The Jumbos finished game two with 17 hits, tying for the most on the trip. Goldberg was 4 for 5 with three RBI and two runs. Junior shortstop David LeResche (St. Louis, MO) finished 3 for 5 with three runs and an RBI at the top of the order. Freshman LF Eric Weikert (Avondale Estates, GA) added a 2 for 4 performance with two runs and an RBI.

Dehoux was 3 for 5 with a pair of runs scored and a pair of RBIs while Wagner was 2 for 2 with three RBIs and Fields was 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs to lead the Apprentice hit brigade in game two. Daniel Lutz took his first loss of the year in four decisions allowing eight runs in 5.2 innings of work.

Apprentice School (15-7) will take the field again on Monday in a noon doubleheader with Danville CC at War Memorial Stadium.

Information provided by Apprentice School was used in this game release