MEDFORD – Each team's pitchers took turns shining as Tufts University and UMass Dartmouth split their annual Patriots Day baseball double-header at Huskins Field on Monday. The Corsairs won the opener 5-1 and Tufts took the nightcap 10-2.
|Harry Brown had two hits and two rbis in the nightcap|
In game one, Corsair pitchers Mac Curran and Robbie Carrillo limited Tufts to three hits and one run. Senior 1B Taylor Cacciola led the visitors offensively going 3 for 3 with two rbis and a run, while senior LF Ezequiel Sanchez went 2 for 4 with two rbis.
For game two, Tufts hurlers Kevin Galasso, Matt Rothstein, Ian Kinney and Rory Ziomek combined on a three-hitter with eight K's. At the plate, Jumbo junior 3B Tommy O'Hara was 2 for 3 with two rbis and a run and senior CF Harry Brown finished 2 for 4 with two rbis and a run. Junior 1B Nick Falkson was 1 for 3 with two rbis and a run in game two for Tufts. Senior RF Oscar Kutch finished 1 for 2 with two runs and an rbi, while junior DH Malcolm Nachmanoff was 1 for 2 with two runs.
The Jumbos scored four times in the first inning off a pair of Corsair pitchers in game two. The first six batters reached base including rbi singles by Falkson and Brown, as well as a bases-loaded walk to O'Hara. With one out, sophomore C Harrison Frickman had an rbi fielder's choice.
Meanwhile, Galasso started for the Jumbos and struck out four of the six UMD batters that he faced. Senior 2B Tom Petry, who had walked and scored in the first, did so again in the second. He came home on a sacrifice fly by Falkson for a 5-0 Jumbo lead.
UMD freshman Zack DelVecchio struck out the side in the bottom of the third, and then the Corsairs got on the scoreboard in the fourth against Rothstein. Freshman 3B Mike Knell walked with one out and went to third on a single by Cacciola. Sanchez followed with a sac fly making it a 5-1 game.
Frickman led off the fourth inning with a double for Tufts and was bunted to third by Christian Zazzali. With two outs, Kutch singled up the middle scoring Frickman for a 6-1 Jumbo lead. Tufts loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth after Nachmanoff was hit by a pitch, O'Hara singled and Frickman was hit by a pitch. However, UMD sophomore reliever James Leidhold got a fly ball out to leave them there.
Cacciolo delivered his third rbi of the day in the sixth, cutting the margin to 6-2. Freshman CF Nate Tellier had led off with a walk, went to third on a single by Knell and scored on Cacciola's ground out to third base.
The Jumbos capped the win with four runs in the sixth to make it 10-2. Kutch walked with one out, Nachmanoff singled with two outs and then Brown drove in a run with a single to right. Nachmanoff scored on a Corsair error while Brown was stealing second. Brown scored on O'Hara's single, then O'Hara went to third on a base hit by junior LF Mike McLaughlin and scored o a wild pitch.
Cacciola had two of UMD's three hits in the second game. Chase Hussey started and took the loss.
In game one, a pair of early triples helped UMD to a 3-0 lead. After Tellier led off the game with a walk, he scored when sophomore SS Erick Ramirez tripled down the right field line. A triple by Cacciola in the third inning scored Knell, who had led off with a walk. Cacciola scored when Sanchez followed with an infield single.
Tufts' only run came on a solo home run to left by sophomore SS Will Shackelford leading off the third.
The Corsairs added a pair of runs after two were out in the seventh to take a 5-1 lead. Ramirez singled and scored on a base hit by Cacciola. Knell walked and came home on a single by Sanchez.
Curran went 5.2 innings for the win, allowing three hits and the one run with four walks and three strikeouts. Carrillo entered with UMD up 3-1 and got four outs for his third save of the year. Ramirez finished with two hits and Knell scored twice.
Brad Marchetti took the game one loss for Tufts, pitching three innings allowing four hits and three runs with four walks and a K. Freshman Elias Varinos allowed just one hit in his first three innings of relief before the Corsairs got to him in the seventh.
Tufts hosts Bowdoin in NESCAC East Division action this weekend starting on Friday at 3 p.m. UMass Dartmouth is at Rhode island College for a Little East game tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.