Baseball team falls to Tufts, 5-3

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: April 24, 2009

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Tufts University, down to its last out, scored three unearned runs in the top of the ninth inning and then held on for a 5-3 victory over Colby College in New England Small College Athletic Conference East Division baseball play Friday at Coombs Field.

Colby (5-19 overall, 1-9 NESCAC East) led 3-2 heading into the ninth and relief pitcher Wil Hartigan got the first two outs of the inning. An error and then a hit batter put runners on base for Sam Sager (Cranston, R.I.), who had an RBI single to tie the game at 3-3. David LeResche (St. Louis, Mo.) followed with a two-run single to give the Jumbos their final two runs.

Chris DeGoti (Miami, Fla.) worked the ninth inning for his third save, while fellow reliever Pat O’Donnell (Worcester, Mass.) earned the win after entering the game in the third inning.

Tufts (14-15, 5-5) scored a lone run in the first inning on an RBI single by Chase Rose (Scottsdale, Ariz.).

Colby scored two runs in the third inning on a two-run single by Ken Kaufman (Lexington, Mass.) that brought in Kyle McKay (Bedford, N.H.) and John LaMantia (Gates Mills, Ohio).

The Mules went ahead 3-1 in the sixth inning when Ryan Conlon (Ridgefield, Conn.) was hit by a pitch and later scored on a wild pitch. Tufts cut the margin to one run when Alex Perry (Danvers, Mass.) doubled and later scored on a single by Sager.

Colby and Tufts will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at noon at Coombs Field.

Tufts 5, Colby 3

Tufts      100#000#103---5#9#0

Colby     002#001#000---3#7#1

                Mike Stefaniak, Pat O’Donnell (7, W, 2-5), Chris DeGoti (9, S, 3) and Alex Perry; Dominick Morrill, Wil Hartigan (7, L, 2-1) and Kyle McKay. 2B: Sam Sager (T), Alex Perry (T), John Lerner (Col), Kyle McKay (Col).

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