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Tufts 14, Trinity 9

At Medford, MA
Friday, April 30, 2010

Game Box Score

Senior catcher Al Perry's tater was the go-ahead run for the Jumbos

MEDFORD -- Senior C Alex Perry (Danvers, MA) blasted a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Tufts University Jumbos the lead, and then they added seven more runs in the eighth, en route to a 14-9 decision over the #25 Trinity College Bantams in NESCAC East Division baseball action on Friday afternoon at Huskins Field.

With the win, the Jumbos completed a season sweep of Trinity and improved to 23-5 overall and 10-2 in NESCAC East play. Coach John Casey's team had already secured the honor of hosting the 2010 NESCAC Baseball Tournament next weekend (May 7-9) at Huskins. Trinity, which was eliminated from NESCAC Tournament contention, drops to 16-9 and 6-6 in conference.

Trinity busted out of the gate first, scoring three times in the top of the first, keyed by a two-out, two-run double by freshman 2B Joe Papa (Cambridge, MA). The Jumbos were kept quiet through the first two frames, but were able to break onto the scoreboard with a pair of runs in the third, taking advantage of a hit by pitch and a walk. Junior DH Ben Walkley (Trumbull, CT) singled in the first run, and then he and junior SS David LeResche (St. Louis, MO) executed a double-steal for the second run.

The Bantams answered back in the top of the fourth with two of their own on a single by freshman SS Steven Howard (Cheshire, CT), and a throwing error by the Jumbos that later plated Howard. Trinity's 5-2 advantage was quickly cut into by the Jumbos in the bottom of the fourth, as again Tufts put two runs across the plate on a pair of sacrifice flies from junior 2B Frank Petroskey (Dallas, TX) and junior LF Ian Goldberg (Lake Forest, IL).

It remained 5-4 Trinity until the top of the sixth where the Bantams received a lead-off double from freshman 1B Brad Runowicz (Cheshire, CT). He then scored after the following batter, sophomore C Kevin Mortimer (Spencer, MA), singled and was thrown out at second base by Jumbo junior RF Chase Rose (Scottsdale, AZ) as he was trying to stretch the hit into a double. Tufts was able to answer the run and add another in the bottom of the inning as the first three to bat all singled. The third single was an RBI hit by LeResche, and then later the third sacrifice fly of the game, this one from Rose, tied the ballgame up at 6-6.

Tufts starting pitcher sophomore Kevin Gilchrist (Medford, MA) set down the Bantams in order in the seventh, which left the door open for the Jumbos to take the lead in the bottom of the inning. Each of the first two batters for Tufts struck out, but with two outs, Perry connected on his third homer of the year to give the Jumbos their first lead of the contest at 7-6.

After another scoreless inning for Trinity, Tufts erupted in the bottom of the eighth, plating seven runs on five hits. Sophomore 3B Sam Sager (Cranston, RI) stroked an RBI double, Perry walked in a run, and Petroskey, LeResche and Goldberg all singled a man home as the Jumbos took a 14-6 lead in an inning that saw 12 batters come to the plate.

Trinity made things interesting in the ninth, belting back-to-back-to-back solo home runs from senior CF Matthew Sullivan (North Reading, MA), senior RF James Wood (Windham, NH) and freshman 3B Stephen Rogers (Watertown, MA). They would eventually load the bases up, but with the tying run standing on-deck, Tufts sophomore closer Chris DeGoti (Miami, FL) would strike out sophomore PH Andrew Koris (Milton, MA) to seal the deal for the Jumbos.

Gilchrist earned the victory for the Jumbos, pitching seven innings allowing six runs (five earned) with eight strikeouts and no walks. He remains perfect on the season at 4-0. Out of the bullpen, junior Ed Bernstein (Foxboro, MA) threw 1 and 2/3 innings allowing his first three earned runs of the year in the ninth inning. DeGoti faced one batter in the ninth to pick up his seventh save in 2010, one shy of the team's single-season record.

Trinity's losing pitcher was sophomore Edward Donovan (Milton, MA) as he went 2.1 innings and allowed Perry's go-ahead homer in the seventh, falling to 2-4. Senior starter Derek Anderson (Great Falls, VA) only lasted 3.2 innings for the Bantams, giving up four earned runs on five hits with two strikeouts, two walks and two hit batsmen.

Tufts will battle Springfield in a double-header on Saturday afternoon in Springfield beginning at 12 noon.  Trinity stays in the Boston-area for a doubleheader at MIT on Saturday at 12 pm.