MEDFORD – Tufts sophomore Spencer Langdon earned his first collegiate victory with six solid innings in the nightcap after sophomore catcher Alex Rodriguez had hit a bases-loaded triple leading Trinity from behind in game one as the Jumbos and Bantams split a NESCAC East Division baseball double-header at Huskins Field on Saturday.
|Spencer Langdon earned his first collegiate pitching win in game two|
Tufts avoided being swept with a 4-2 win in the second game as the Jumbos moved to 7-6 overall and 1-2 in the NESCAC East. Trinity (6-8, 2-1) took the three-game weekend series with a 5-2 win in Saturday's opener (seven innings). The Bantams had topped Tufts 6-5 on Friday.
The Jumbos took a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning of the first game when sophomore CF Justin Mills, who was just called up to the varsity this week, hit a two-run single to right.
The Bantams sent 10 men to the plate while scoring five times in the sixth to take the lead. Senior CF Brendan Pierce's run-scoring single preceded Rodriguez's bases-clearing triple to left center.
On the mound for Trinity, sophomore Alex Shafer improved to 2-2 with 6.2 innings allowing five hits and two runs (one earned). The Jumbos brought the tying run to the plate in the seventh, but Bantam senior McLane Hill came on and got a strikeout for his second save in as many days and fifth of the year.
Mills went 2 for 4 for Tufts and senior 2B Colin Mooney was 3 for 4 with a run for Trinity in game one.
Langdon went six innings allowing three hits and an unearned run in game two for the victory. Freshman Owen Copps followed with three innings giving up one hit and one run to earn his first career save.
Junior LF Casey Santos-Ocampo singled home freshman SS Ryan Daues, who had been hit by a pitch, with Tufts' first run in the second. The Jumbos extended their lead to 4-0 when senior 2B Christian Zazzali hit a two-out, two-run single in the fourth.
Sophomore SS Matt Koperniak played the leading role in both Trinity runs. He led off the sixth with a single and scored on a Jumbo error. He then led off the eighth with a double to right-center and came home on a sac fly by Mooney.
Junior 1B John Moschella and Santos-Ocampo recorded two hits for Tufts in game two, while Daues scored twice.
Koperniak was 2 for 3 with the two runs to lead Trinity. Bantam starter Justin Olson (3.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R) took the loss. Senior Dan Marini pitched three innings of one-hit, no-run relief with seven K's.
Tufts will travel to play at Salem State on Monday, while Trinity returns to action on Wednesday at Dean College.