HAMPTON, Va. – The Tufts University baseball team scored three runs in the top of the first inning and held its lead throughout as the Jumbos earned an 8-4 win over St. Vincent College on Sunday.
|Manny Ray picked his his first collegiate victory today.|
The game ended Tufts' weekend residency at War Memorial Stadium to open their 2019 spring trip. They won three of four there and are now 4-1 overall. St. Vincent dropped to 7-3.
The Bearcats cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the third off Tufts starter Manny Ray with a two-run single by senior CF Matt Morrone.
Those were the only runs Ray would allow in his five-inning stint as the sophomore earned his first collegiate victory. He let up five hits and the two runs with two strikeouts and four walks.
The Jumbos scored three times unearned in the sixth to extend their lead to 6-2. The Bearcats committed two errors in the inning. Jumbo sophomore CF Justin Mills had a sac fly and senior LF Casey Santos-Ocampo hit a run-scoring single.
St. Vincent crept within 6-4 in the eighth as junior pinch-hitter Will Tsal and sophomore 3B Tom Bash led off the frame with singles. Back-to-back walks scored the first run – rbi to junior LF Mike Hildebrand – and then freshman Zach Barberich hit a sacrifice fly.
Tufts brought its cushion back to four runs with two in the ninth. Santos-Ocampo was hit by a pitch and stole second. He scored on a single by junior RF J.P. Knight, who came around on a double by Varinos.
Knight finished with three of Tufts' nine hits and Varinos had two. Santos-Ocampo scored twice.
Hildebrand, Morrone and Bash all had two hits for the Bearcats. The Bearcats left 13 on base. Sophomore Brenden Lavely took the loss for St. Vincent allowing six hits and six runs (three earned) in 5.2 innings. Sophomore Mark Locke pitched 1.2 innings of no-hit, no-run relief.
Tufts returns to action at Guilford on Monday. Today's game ended St. Vincent's spring trip. They will play at Chatham next Saturday.