MEDFORD - Junior DH Malcolm Nachmanoff hit a grand slam highlighting a six-run third inning that propeled the #8 Tufts University baseball team to a 10-2 non-conference victory over Keene State College on Sunday at Huskins Field.
|Malcolm Nachmanoff's grand slam was the centerpiece of a six-run third inning|
Jumbo senior lefty Tim Superko pitched seven innings allowing four hits and two runs with eight strikeouts and no walks as Tufts improved to 15-2 overall.
Junior CF Zach Rollins hit a two-run home run for Keene State, which lost its sixth in a row and fell to 8-14.
After stranding four runners in the first two innings against Owls starter Alan Schiff, the Jumbos broke through in the third. Senior RF Oscar Kutch led off with a double and scored on a base hit by junior 1B Nick Falkson. Tufts then loaded the bases and Nachmanoff hit a laser to left-center that skidded off the top of the wall for a grand slam. The Jumbos added another run after two were out as sophomore SS Will Shackelford bunted for a single and came all the way around to score on a double down the left-field line by senior 2B Tom Petry. That gave the Jumbos a 6-0 lead.
Superko cruised through the first four innings, allowing three hits including a pair of singles by Keene junior 3B Chris Bourgea. However, in the fifth, after sophomore catcher Nate Rossi was hit by a pitch, Rollins launched his home run to left pulling Keene within 6-2.
Schiff lasted into the sixth for Keene before the Jumbos rallied with two outs. Falkson tripled to right-center and junior LF Mike McLaughlin followed with a double to the same spot giving Tufts a 7-2 advantage. After a Nachmanoff walk and a wild pitch, senior CF Harry Brown delivered a two-run single to right field and Tufts was up 9-2.
Superko retired the last nine Keene batters he faced before giving way to freshman Brad Marchetti and junior Ian Kinney, who both pitched scoreless innings of relief. The win moved Superko to 2-0 this spring.
Tufts' 10th run had come on a single by Falkson (3 for 4, 3 runs, rbi), a wild pitch and another run-scoring single by Brown (3 for 5, 3 rbis) in the bottom of the eighth.
The Jumbos had 15 hits in the game, with Petry contributing a 2 for 5 day witn an rbi and Kutch going 2 for 4 with a run. Shackelford also had two hits and McLaughlin and Nachmanoff both scored twice.
Bourgea went 3 for 4 for the Owls. Schiff took the loss allowing 11 hits and eight runs with five strikeouts and a walk in 5.2 innings. Senior Nate Pederson pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the visitors.
Tufts is home again on Tuesday when they host Roger Williams University at 3 p.m. Keene State next plays at Fitchburg State on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.