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Tufts 17, UMass Dartmouth 3
Tufts 10, UMass Dartmouth 6

At Medford, MA
Monday, April 19, 2010

Game 1 Box Score

Game 2 Box Score

Sophomore Matt Collins had 11 total bases for a 2.200 slugging percentage in the doubleheader sweep

MEDFORD -- The Tufts University baseball team rattled UMass Dartmouth pitching for 36 hits in two seven-inning games as the Jumbos swept a doubleheader against the Corsairs by 17-3 and 10-6 scores on Monday afternoon at Huskins Field.

Tufts, which had all of its hits and scored a combined 27 runs in 12 innings of at-bats, improved to 19-3 overall with the sweep. Coach John Casey's Jumbos have won 15 of their last 16. UMass Dartmouth, from the Little East Conference, fell to 14-11 overall.

Sophomore Matt Collins (Hopkinton, MA), who played first base in the first game and caught the second game, finished the twin bill 4 for 5 with two home runs, six RBI, and five runs scored. Junior CF David Orlowitz (Wakefield, MA) also homered in both games for the Jumbos and was a combined 4 for 8 with five runs scored and four RBI. Six Tufts players overall had four hits on the day, which also included a 4 for 7 performance with five RBI from junior RF Chase Rose (Scottsdale, AZ).

The Jumbos sent 16 batters to the plate in the second inning of game one and scored 10 runs. Nine of the runs scored after two were out. Eleven straight Tufts hitters reached base during one stretch. Rose hit a three-run double and Orlowitz smashed a three-run home run.

A UMass Dartmouth rally in the third knocked Tufts starter Dave Ryan (Trumbull, CT) out of the game. Junior catcher Zak Talis (Lynnfield, MA) hit an RBI double, and junior DH Matt Ryan (Uxbridge, MA) followed with a run-scoring single. Down 10-2, the Corsairs later had the bases loaded, but Tufts freshman reliever Alex Cronkite (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) induced a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Cronkite was credited with the victory after pitching 4.2 innings allowing four hits and one run with no walks and two strikeouts. UMD's Matt Ryan hit a solo shot off him in the fifth. Tufts had a five-run fifth inning that was highlighted by a two-run home run from Collins.

The Jumbos had 19 hits in the first game, led by Rose at 4 for 5 with five RBI. Matt Ryan, 2 for 4 with a run scored and two RBI, was the offensive leader for UMD.

The Corsairs got out on top in the second game 2-0 in the top of the first, which included an RBI double by Talis. The Jumbos answered with three in the bottom of the inning, including a solo homer by Orlowitz. Collins hit a two-run bomb in the second, and then he hit an RBI double during a two-run third and Tufts led 7-2.

UMass Dartmouth closed within 7-4 by scoring a pair of runs in the fourth. Sophomore 2B Dan DeMello had an RBI single. The Corsairs had the potential tying run at the plate later in the inning, but a ground out ended the rally.

The Jumbos, who scored in every inning of game two, and in 10 of the 12 innings that they hit for the day, added single runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth. Senior DH Corey Pontes (Milton, MA) knocked home a run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth and then led off the sixth with a single and scored.

UMass Dartmouth scored two unearned runs in the top of the seventh, with freshman RF Matt Worden (New Bedford, MA) producing an RBI single.

Among Tufts' 17 hits in the nightcap, Pontes was 2 for 3 with two runs and an RBI. Junior LF Ian Goldberg (Lake Forest, IL) finished 3 for 4 with two RBI and a run. Junior SS David LeResche (St. Louis, MO) was 2 for 2 with two runs and an RBI at the top of the order. The Jumbos used six pitchers in short stints for the game, with junior starter Tom Hill (Robbinsville, NJ) getting the win to improve to 4-0.

Talis and DeMello had two hits each to lead the Corsairs in the second game, while senior CF Jeff Macchi (Franklin, MA) scored twice.

Tufts will look to clinch first place in the NESCAC East Division this weekend (Apr. 23-24) when they play three games at Bowdoin. UMass Dartmouth is at Rhode Island College for a Little East game tomorrow.