MEDFORD – The Tufts University baseball team scored its most runs in 32 years with a 30-2 victory over Salem State University at Huskins Field on Monday afternoon.
|Elias Varinos finished the game with six hits, six rbis and five runs scored.|
It's the most runs by the Jumbos since a 32-10 win against Colby College in 1987. Tufts improved to 12-3 with today's win while the Vikings dropped to 8-7.
During an incredible three-inning stretch this afternoon, Tufts scored 10 runs in the third, seven in the fourth and nine in the fifth (26 total). For the game overall they recorded 22 hits, took 12 walks, were hit by five pitches and benefitted from 11 Salem State errors.
The Vikings had taken a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. After a lead-off single from sophomore RF Shawn Rebello, junior 1B Trav Briana hit a long two-run homer to left.
The Jumbos scored three times in the bottom of the first to get things going. Junior RF JP Knight had an rbi walk, junior 3B Elias Varinos hit a run-scoring single and senior catcher Harrison Frickman was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
After a scoreless second, the floodgates opened in the third as Tufts sent 15 men to the plate. Knight hit a two-run double and Varinos and junior CF Justin Mills both had two-run singles.
Varinos, who finished 6 for 7 with six rbis and five runs scored, singled home a run and scored in the fourth. Knight (2 for 3, four ribs, two runs) had an rbi triple and scored in the frame.
The nine-run Jumbo fifth featured a two-run single by senior catcher Harrison Frickman (2 for 3, two rbis, two runs).
Jumbo freshman starter Sriharsha Bollu earned his first collegiate victory, going three innings allowing four hits and two runs. Freshman Aidan Tucker (2 IP), sophomore Manny Ray, freshman Steven Landry, freshman Michael Volgende and junior Spencer Langdon all pitched scoreless relief for Tufts.
Mills was 2 for 3 with three rbis and two runs at the top of the order. Senior LF Casey Santos-Ocampo finished 3 for 4 with three rbis and three runs. Junior DH Ryan Day scored three runs. Freshman catcher Connor Bowman was 2 for 3 with four rbis after entering the game in the fifth inning. He and classmate Will Reid had their first collegiate hits today.
Briana went 2 for 2 with two rbis and a run before leaving the game for Salem.
In Tufts' three non-conference games played in New England, which excludes their spring trip, the Jumbos have scored a combined 73 runs in wins over Brandeis (17-15), Mass Maritime (26-4) and Salem State (30-2).
Tufts returns to Huskins Field to play MIT on Thursday at 3:30 pm. Salem hosts Framingham State in MASCAC play on Wednesday.