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Tufts 13, Bentley 7

At Waltham, MA
Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Game Box Score

Senior Tom Hill was credited with the pitching victory, improving to 5-0

WALTHAM -- Junior right fielder Chase Rose (Scottsdale, Az) had four of his team's 22 hits and was one of ten Tufts University players to score at least one run as the Jumbos recorded a 13-7 win over Bentley University in non-conference college baseball Tuesday afternoon at DeFelice Field.

Junior third baseman Ross Curley (Lexington, MA) drove in four runs for Bentley, which finished its season at 21-25. Tufts, ranked 20th nationally in Division III, set a school record for victories in a season, improving to 28-5 with its seventh consecutive victory. They broke the eight-year old wins record of 27 set by the 2002 team.

Four of the first five Tufts batters in the game had hits, but a Bentley double play helped the Falcons get out of the opening inning with just one run allowed. That came in on a double down the left field line by sophomore Matt Collins (Hopkinton, MA).

While the defense came through for Bentley in the first, that was not the case in the second. A throwing error on a routine ground ball that would have ended the inning instead opened the door for four unearned runs. There were three straight hits after the error, including a two-run double by Jumbo sophomore third baseman Sam Sager (Cranston, RI).

Bentley cracked the scoring column in the fifth, scoring twice to cut the deficit to 7-2. Senior DH Charlie Pagliarulo (Medford, MA) had an RBI single for the first run and the second scored on an error.

A four-run sixth by Tufts broke the contest wide open, putting the visitors up 11-2. Six straight batters reached after sophomore left fielder Mark Lane (Tyngsboro, MA) made a diving catch for the inning's first out.

A bases-clearing three-run double by Curley in the sixth made it an 11-5 game, and Bentley scored its final two runs of the 2010 season in the seventh. Senior catcher Mike DeCoste (Chelmsford, MA) had a double, Curley followed with his second two-bagger of the game, and Curley later scored on a throwing error.

In addition to the four by Rose, Tufts' 22 hits included three apiece by Collins and junior shortstop David LaResche (St. Louis, MO). Rose, Sager and senior DH Corey Pontes (Milton, MA) each scored twice, and Sager and junior DH Ben Walkley (Trumbull, CT) both had two RBI.

Bentley's nine hits included two apiece by Curley and Pagliarulo, who finished his career with 218, third most in the program's history.

Senior righty Tom Hill (Robbinsville, NJ), the first of seven Tufts pitchers, was credited with the victory, his fifth of the season without a loss, after allowing one hit in two scoreless innings to open the game.

Freshman JP Ashline (Clinton, MA) was the most effective of four Bentley pitchers, striking out two and allowing two hits in two scoreless innings.

Game release courtesy of Bentley College