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Tufts 2, Colby 1
Tufts 11, Colby 1

At Medford, MA
Sunday, April 11, 2010

Game 1 Box Score

Game 2 Box Score

Sophomore Sam Sager hit the first home run of his career in the second game

MEDFORD -- The Tufts University baseball team held Colby College to one run in each game as the Jumbos swept a doubleheader against the Mules in NESCAC East Division action on Sunday afternoon at Huskins Field. Tufts won a tight 2-1 game in the opener, and then routed Colby 11-1 in the nightcap.

The Jumbos sit atop the NESCAC East with a 5-1 mark. Coach John Casey's team has won 11 out of 12 overall to improve to 15-3. Colby, which gave the Jumbos a run for their money in two of the three games, dropped to 9-8 overall and 0-6 in the NESCAC East.

In game one's seven-inning pitcher's duel, the Jumbos got five strong innings from junior starter Derek Miller (Whitman, MA) and Colby junior Dominick Morrill (South Thomaston, ME) went the distance. Jumbo relievers Ed Bernstein (Foxborough, MA) and sophomore Chris DeGoti (Miami, FL) both pitched scoreless innings, with DeGoti earning his sixth save.

The Jumbos took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when senior SS David LeResche (St. Louis, MO) led off with a walk, stole second, and scored on a single by second batter Ian Goldberg (Lake Forest, IL). Tufts went up 2-0 in the third after two were out, as junior DH Ben Walkley (Trumbull, CT) hit a double and scored on a single by senior 1B Nate Bankoff (Lynnfield, MA).

Colby had squandered a one-out double by junior RF Richard Newton (Arlington, MA) in the first, and another two-bagger by senior 2B John LaMantia (Gates Mills, OH) with no outs in the fourth. The Mules broke through after freshman catcher John Schroeder (Glencoe, IL) led off the fifth with a walk. He later scored on a single by senior 1B Ryan Conlon (Ridgefield, CT).

Morrill allowed six hits and two runs while walking four and striking out eight in six innings for Colby. Tufts' Miller allowed six hits and one run with four K's and two walks in his five innings. Colby got the tying run to third base with two outs in the top of the seventh against DeGoti, but he finished it off with a ground out.

Colby out-hit the Jumbos for the second straight game 9-6, with Conlon finishing 3 for 4 and LaMantia 3 for 3.

In game two, Tufts junior starter Pat O'Donnell (Worcester, MA) shut out the Mules for seven innings before allowing a run in the eighth. He finished with seven hits and two walks allowed while striking out three and improving his record to 3-1.

The Jumbos offense scored early and often. A two-run double down the left field line by Walkley keyed a three-run first. Sophomore 3B Sam Sager (Cranston, RI) smashed a solo home run in the third when Tufts scored twice. Junior 2B Frank Petroskey (Dallas, TX) tripled to lead off the fourth and scored. A four-run sixth inning was highlighted by at two-run, pinch-hit double to center by senior Caleb Sims (Burlington, MA).

Tufts had 12 hits against five Colby pitchers. Sager went 2 for 3 with three runs scored and an RBI, and Walkley finished 2 for 2 with four RBI and three runs scored.

The Jumbos are off until hosting an important NESCAC East series against Trinity next weekend (Apr. 16-17) at Huskins Field. The Mules host Southern Maine on Wednesday.