MEDFORD - Five Tufts University relievers combined to allow just three hits and no runs in 8.2 innings as the #7 Jumbo baseball team finished with a 14-2 non-conference win over Roger Williams University on Tuesday at Huskins Field.
|Kevin Galasso pitched two perfect innings of relief|
Tufts led just 3-2 through six innings, but scored twice in the seventh and nine times in the eighth to break it open. The Jumbos, led offensively by junior 3B Tommy O'Hara at 2 for 4 with three runs and two rbis, improved to 16-2.
Sophomore catcher Chris Bosco had two hits to lead Roger Williams, who fell to 9-16.
The Hawks scored both of their runs in the top of the first to take a 2-0 lead. Sophomore RF Tyler Brett drew a one-out walk, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Bosco's single up the middle. Bosco would advance to third with the help of a Tufts error and scored unearned on a sacrifice fly by sophomore CF Eli Camner.
The Jumbos scored three times in the bottom of the first to wrestle the lead away. Senior RF Oscar Kutch was hit by a pitch and scored from first on O'Hara's double to the fence in left-center. Junior 1B Nick Falkson singled O'Hara to third, then sophomore CF Casey Santos-Ocampo tied the game with a sacrifice fly. Junior DH Malcolm Nachmanoff hit a single to plate Falkson with the go-ahead run.
Jumbo pitching took over from there. Senior Matt Rothstein, who had entered with one out in the first, allowed just two hits and no runs over 3.2 innings of work. He would earn the decision to improve to 3-0. Junior Kevin Galasso pitched two perfect innings, freshman Brad Marchetti hurled a scoreless seventh, senior Rory Ziomek added a 1-2-3 eighth and junior Ian Kinney finshed it off with a scoreless ninth. The Hawks finished with just three hits.
RWU senior starter George Lund settled down after the first. The Jumbos loaded the bases on him with no outs in the fifth, but he got a 1-2-3 double-play ball and a fly out to kill the threat. He left in the sixth and freshman Justin Garcia came on to get the next two outs keeping the Jumbo lead at 3-2.
The wheels fell off for the Hawks in the seventh and eighth. In the Tufts seventh O'Hara singled to score senior 2B Tom Petry, who had led off with a single and took second on a bunt. A walk and two hit-by-pitches scored Tufts' second run of the inning. Then in the bottom of the eighth, Tufts scored its nine runs on just two hits. Hawk pitchers walked seven batters in the inning and the fielders added three errors.
Petry finished 2 for 5 with three runs atop the Tufts order. Kutch was 1 for 2 with two rbis and two runs and Falkson went 2 for 5 with two runs and an rbi. Senior LF Harry Brown had two rbis and sophomore SS Will Shackelford scored twice.
With the 14 runs, Tufts now has 189 in its 18 games for a 10.5 per game average.
Lund went 5.1 innings for RWU giving up six hits and three runs (two earned) while taking the loss.
The Jumbos finish a six-game homestand on Thursday against MIT with a 3:30 p.m. first pitch. Roger Williams is back in action tomorrow at home against Mass.-Boston at 3:30 p.m.