Baseball Slugs Way to 17 More Runs in Spring Trip Victory over Castleton

HAMPTON, Va. – The Tufts University baseball team exploded for 11 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning leading to a 17-2 victory over Castleton University on Friday at War Memorial Stadium.

Brandon Bay's three-run home run capped Tufts' 11-run fourth inning.

In the opener of its spring trip, Tufts senior starter R.J. Hall and freshman reliever Aidan Tucker combined to allow just one earned run as Tufts improved to 2-0.

The Jumbos have scored 34 runs in their first two games including Monday's 17-15 win over Brandeis. They were led today by freshman DH Peter DeMaria (3 for 5, 3 runs, 3 rbis), senior CF Casey Santos-Ocampo (2 for 5, 3 runs, 3 rbis) and sophomore LF Brandon Bay (1 for 2, 3 runs, 3 rbis).

The Spartans, who fell to 5-6, received three hits from junior 1B Davis Mikell.

Tufts already led 6-0 by the time their big inning occurred. Santos-Ocampo hit a first-inning home run for the second time in as many games for a 2-0 lead. A four-run third inning for the Jumbos was aided by a Castleton error and included an rbi single from DeMaria.

Hall, an All-NESCAC first teamer last season, pitched the first four innings scoreless. The Spartans had two runners on base via a single by Mikell and walk in the top of the fourth. However, Hall snagged a line drive back at him and doubled the runner off second.

The Jumbos then sent 14 hitters to the plate in the bottom of the fourth and had 10 hits in the inning. Sophomore 1B Ryan Daues sparked the frame with a lead-off double and DeMaria followed with an rbi triple. Senior SS Will Shackelford would later add a two-run double and scored on another triple by sophomore 2B Will Burgess. Bay capped the inning with a three-run home run making the score 17-0.

Castleton got to Hall for four hits and two runs in the fifth, with a Tufts error making one of the runs unearned. Freshman 3B Brayden Millet hit a one-out single and scored on a base hit by senior 2B Matt Jackson. A single by senior LF Pat Mumford was then misplayed in right allowing Jackson to score. Hall stranded the bases loaded with a ground ball out.

The late innings were uneventful as Castleton's Matthew Deen (2 IP, 0 R, 0 H) and Tufts' Tucker (4 IP, 2 H, 0R) pitched well in relief. Tucker earned his first career save.

Daues finished with three hits and two runs, junior RF J.P. Knight had two hits and two runs, while both Shackelford and senior catcher Harrison Frickman posted two hits and two rbis for the Jumbos. Tufts finished with 17 hits and is hitting at a .444 clip through two games.

Mikell was the only Spartan with a crooked number on that side of the ledger.

Tufts stays at War Memorial Stadium to play Apprentice School in a game that was scheduled to start at 4 pm. Castleton plays St. Vincent there tomorrow morning at 10 am.