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Eastern Connecticut 19, Tufts 5

At Medford, MA
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Game Box Score

Junior outfielder Ben Walkley had two hits for Tufts

MEDFORD -- Visiting Eastern Connecticut State University scored early and often on their way to earning a 19-5 victory at Tufts in non-conference college baseball action on a dreary Tuesday afternoon at Huskins Field. The Warriors finished with 19 hits and took advantage of five errors and five wild pitches by Tufts.

Eastern (24-8) was led by senior 3B Melvin Castillo (Danbury, CT), who finished 3 for 6 with four RBI and three runs scored. Junior catcher Chris Cannata (Southington, CT) was 3 for 5 with four runs scored and two RBI. At the top of the order, senior 2B John Parke (Middlefield, CT) had a 3 for 4 game with three runs scored and three RBI. The Warriors won their fifth straight.

The visitors hit three home runs in the game. A two-run shot by junior 1B Andrew Dewing (Swampscott, MA) highlighted a three-run first inning. Castillo launched a two-run home run as the centerpiece of a five-run second inning that gave the Warriors an early 8-0 lead.

Amidst all the offense, Eastern senior pitcher Will Musson (Wethersfield, CT) tossed seven solid innings allowing four hits and two earned runs. He struck out five and walked four while improving to 4-0 with the victory.

Tufts (21-5) had managed to cut the deficit to 8-4 with three runs in the second and another in the third. Junior RF Ben Walkley (Trumbull, CT) had a double to deep center scoring the run in the third.

A two-run home run by Cannata in the top of the fifth put the Warriors up 12-4. They added four more runs in the seventh, including a two-run double by Parke. In a three-run eighth inning, Parke tripled home a run and later scored.

Tufts added a run in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI double by junior RF Chase Rose (Scottsdale, AZ). The Jumbos finished with eight hits, as Walkley and sophomore 3B Sam Sager (Cranston, RI) had two apiece.

The Jumbos have an opportunity to erase this one quickly as they host Newbury College tomorrow at Huskins beginning at 3 pm. ECSU plays at Manhattanville tomorrow at 3 pm.