Teams: Baseball: Schedule & Results
JUMBOS STAY ALIVE AT NCAA REGIONAL WITH 11th INNING WIN OVER ST.
COLLEGE BASEBALL FINAL SCORE
NCAA Championship Regional Game 13
Tufts 6, St. Joseph's, ME 5 (11 inn.)
At Willimantic, CT
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Game Box Score
|Senior Nate Bankoff finished with three hits
and four RBI for the Jumbos
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- In the final elimination contest of the
2010 NCAA Division III regional hosted by Eastern Connecticut State
University here today, Tufts University senior first baseman Nate
Bankoff (Lynnfield, MA) knocked in senior catcher Alex Perry
(Danvers, MA) with the go-ahead run in the 11th and junior
relief pitcher Ed Bernstein (Foxboro, MA) completed five
shutout innings of work with a one-two-three inning in the bottom of
the 11th to secure the 6-5 victory for the Jumbos over eighth-seeded
St. Joseph's College (Me.).
Top-seeded Tufts now takes on undefeated seventh-seed University
of Massachusetts Boston for the regional title. If UMB wins the game
later today, they will claim the crown and earn their first-ever
trip to the NCAA Division III World Series in Appleton, Wisconsin in
their first appearance in the national tournament. Tufts, making its
third trip to Nationals, has yet to win a regional and needs to
defeat UMB twice for that honor. The second game between the teams,
if needed, will be played Sunday at 1 pm.
Perry began the top of the 11th with a walk off senior losing
pitcher Pat Moran (Winterport, ME) and was advanced to second by
senior second baseman Alex Grzymala's (East Setauket, NY)
sacrifice bunt. Moran got the second out of the inning on a fly ball
to center before Bankoff launched a deep fly to right-center field.
The ball appeared playable at first, but ended up landing between
the St. Joe's outfielders near the fence for a double, the second
two-bagger of the game for Bankoff and his third hit. He also
knocked in four of the Jumbos six runs.
Bernstein, making his 18th relief appearance of the season for
Tufts, got a pair of routine fly balls to right field and his eighth
strikeout of the game in the bottom of the 11th to improve his
seasonal record to 4-0. Moran fell to 7-2. He had pitched nine
innings on Thursday in a no-decision outing during St. Joe's 5-4 win
over Worcester St. in 12 innings.
St. Joe's got it rolling in the bottom of the first inning as
junior shortstop Chris Campbell (Rochester, NH) picked up his fifth
hit of the tournament, a line double into the left-center field gap.
After moving to third on a fine sacrifice bunt by senior second
baseman Mike Burdin (Gardiner, ME), Campbell scooted home on a
bouncer up the middle by senior first baseman Ben Grant-Roy
(Biddeford, ME) which squirted through for an RBI single.
The Monks got a solo shot over the right-field fence from senior
catcher Travis Adams (Saco, ME) in the second, his fourth home run
of the 2010 campaign, to up St. Joe's lead to 2-0. In the meantime,
starting Monk hurler freshman Chad Rafferty (Keene, NH) retired six
of the first seven Jumbos he faced, two by strikeout, to establish a
A slight loss of control to begin the top of the third came back
to hurt Rafferty as he issued a walk to Tufts leadoff batter Perry,
then uncorked a wild pitch to put Perry at second. Two outs later
with Perry at third, Bankoff drove him in with a double to
left-center field, cutting the margin in half at 2-1.
Grant-Roy added a single to center in the third, advancing junior
right fielder Todd Keneborus (Hollis Center, NH) to third base.
Keneborus had picked up his tenth hit of the regional with a single
to right with two outs. Tufts starter junior Pat O'Donnell
(Worcester, MA) got out of the jam with a groundout to
Such was not the case in the fourth as O'Donnell was chased from
the mound when the Monks pushed over their third run and had runners
at first and second with two outs. O'Donnell gave way to sophomore
Jake Crawford (Boise, ID). Crawford then walked Burdin to
load the bases and threw a pitch into the dirt that eluded Perry for
another run before striking out Keneborus to leave it 4-1 in favor
of St. Joe's. A double off the right-field fence by Adams was
followed by a fielding error on a grounder by freshman third baseman
Mike Pratt (Dartmouth, MA), allowing Adams to score. Pratt made it
home on the wild pitch.
After yielding the RBI double to Bankoff in the third, Rafferty
settled back in to put down seven Jumbos in a row in support of the
4-1 St. Joe's edge. Rafferty entered the game with a lofty 6.21 ERA
in 10 previous appearances with eight starts, but looked masterful
through five innings with two hits allowed, six groundouts and six
Tufts ended Rafferty's run when junior shortstop Dave LeResche
(St. Louis, MO) blooped a single into center field leading off
the sixth. The Jumbos eventually got runners to second and third in
the frame with two outs, but Rafferty threw a brilliant pitch on a
3-2 count to whiff junior left fielder Ian Goldberg (Lake Forest,
IL) for his seventh strikeout.
When Tufts opened the seventh with a single by junior center
fielder David Orlowitz (Wakefield, MA) and a walk to senior
designated hitter Corey Pontes (Milton, MA), Rafferty gave
way to junior reliever Mason Roberge (Franklin, NH). Roberge lasted
just four batters as Perry met him with a single through the right
side to load the bases. A sacrifice fly to center field by Grzymala
brought in Orlowitz with the second Jumbo run. Then with two outs,
Bankoff made it a new game with a two-run single up the middle,
tying the game 4-4 as Pontes and Perry crossed the plate. Roberge
exited in favor of senior lefty Andrew Keirstead (Westbrook, ME),
who gave up a single to center field to sophomore third baseman
Sam Sager (Cranston, RI), sending Keirstead to the bench. Junior
Kevin Chamberlain (Scarborough, ME) took to the hill and struck out
junior right fielder Chase Rose (Scottsdale, AZ) to end the
inning. Rafferty gave up five hits and three runs in his six innings
on the mound, but ended up with no decision.
St. Joe's regained the lead in the seventh as Burdin scored
following his single to left, a walk to Keneborus and an RBI
grounder past second base for the 5-4 lead by Grant-Roy, who leads
all players in the tournament for hits with 12. Though Bernstein
gave up the go-ahead RBI after entering the game with a runner at
first, he proceeded to strike out the side to avoid further damage.
Tufts came right back to even the count at 5-5 in the eighth with
a pair of safeties after two outs. Pontes lashed a double down the
left-field line and was pulled for pinch-runner Derek Miller
(Whitman, MA). Perry then got the job done with a line single
into center field to plate Miller. Moran, who had started the game
as the designated hitter, came in to pitch for the Monks and got the
final out on a strikeout with runners at second and third.
Though the Monks got their leadoff man on, and senior center
fielder Craig Woodbrey (Gorham, ME) sacrificed him to second,
Bernstein upped his strikeout total to five with a pair of K's to
end the stanza. Neither team got a man into scoring position again
until extra innings.