LYNCHBURG, Va. – Sophomore pitcher Brent Greeley was solid for the second straight outing and the Jumbo offense had a nine-run third inning in a 13-2 Tufts baseball victory at Lynchburg on Friday afternoon.
|Tommy O'Hara was 2 for 2 with two runs and two rbis in the third inning alone|
The win was the second rout in a row for the 5-2 Jumbos, who won 16-2 at Averett on Thursday. Today, senior 3B Tommy O'Hara led the offense at 3 for 5 with three runs scored and two rbis. Senior 1B Nick Falkson finished 2 for 4 with two rbis and two runs, while junior catcher Eric Schnepf was 2 for 5 with two rbis and two runs. Tufts had 14 hits.
The Hornets, who dipped to 10-7, got two hits apiece from Shawn Allen, Austin Keesee, Chris Blake and Colin Corey.
The hosts jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first as Brad Hylton reached on a fielder's choice, took second on a hit by pitch and scored on a two-out single from Blake.
Tufts opened its scoring with two in the second as senior John Moschella (single), Falkson (double) and freshman 2B Ryan Daues (rbi single) opened the inning with three consecutive hits. Sophomore DH Ryan Day had a one-out rbi single later in the inning.
The Jumbos sent 15 men to the plate in the nine-run third to take an 11-1 lead. O'Hara was 2 for 2 with two runs and two rbis in the inning, while senior RF Malcolm Nachmanoff doubled, walked and scored twice. Schnepft hit a two-run single and senior SS Christian Zazzali had two rbis in the inning. The Jumbos posted five hits, four walks and three hit by pitches in the third.
Meanwhile, Greeley was cruising as he retired 10 of 11 from the first through fourth. Hylton led off sixth with a double, but Greeley retired the side after that. The Hornets added a run in the seventh as Corey singled, moved to third on an error during a sacrifice bunt and came home on Allen's single.
Tufts added single runs in the eighth and ninth on junior CF Casey Santos-Ocampo's rbi single and O'Hara walking and eventually scoring on a balk, respectively.
Nachmanoff and Moschella both scored twice in the game for Tufts.
Lynchburg used eight pitchers with Hunter Campbell starting and taking the loss (1.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R). Michael Foxwell pitched two innings of one-hit, no-run relief for the Hornets.
With two games remaining on its spring trip, Tufts plays at Apprentice School on Saturday at 12:30. Lynchburg has an Old Dominion Athletic Conference double-header versus Washington and Lee tomorrow.