Tufts baseball sweeps three games from Mules

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: April 16, 2011

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Tufts University ended up three victories on Saturday after winning a game that was postponed because of darkness on Friday and then sweeping the regularly scheduled doubleheader against Colby College in NESCAC baseball at Coombs Field.

The teams finished what they started on Friday by playing the 10th inning of the postponed game and 25th-ranked Tufts scored two runs to earn the 11-9 victory. The Jumbos then won 4-3 and 10-4 in the other contests.

In the 10th inning of the postponed game, Chase Rose was hit by a pitch to start the inning and he then was sacrificed to second by Matt Collins. After a fly out put Colby an out away from ending the inning, Tufts received a key RBI double from Ian Goldberg and then an RBI single by Tom Howard. Colby only managed one runner on base in the bottom of the 10th.

In the first game of the doubleheader, the Jumbos went ahead 3-0 after a three-run third inning. Howard reached base on an error and later scored from third on a wild pitch. Frank Petroskey and David Orlowitz both walked and came around to score on a two-run double by Sam Sager.

The Mules scraped together two runs in the fifth inning to cut the margin to one run. Nikolas Atsalis, who had walked, scored from third on a wild pitch after Richard Newton had come across on an RBI double by Mike Mastrocola.

The Jumbos scored their fourth run in the top of the sixth inning when Goldberg led off with walk, was sacrificed to second by Howard, moved to third on a single by Petroskey, and scored on an RBI single by David LeResche.

Nate Ellis had an RBI single to bring in Taro Gold for Colby in the sixth inning, but the Mules could not get another run.

Colby took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the second game when Brendan Gallagher hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Richard Newton.

Tufts took the lead for good with three runs in the second inning. Petroskey had an RBI single, Rose brought in another run with a bases loaded walk after Orlowitz was hit by a pitch to bring in a run.

The Mules kept in close with a lone run in the second inning on John Schroeder's sacrifice fly to bring in Robb Arndt. However, Tufts countered with a bases clearing triple by Orlowitz in the top of the third inning.

The Jumbos added three more runs in the fifth inning and had a lone run in the eighth after Colby (10-14, 0-6 NESCAC) had scored two runs in the seventh inning.


 
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