Jumbos Jump on Averett Early and Often in 16-2 Baseball Victory

DANVILLE, Va. – The Tufts baseball team scored four runs before an out was made in the first inning and five overall in the frame to set the tone for a 16-2 victory at Averett University on Thursday afternoon.

Will Shackelford had a double, a triple and scored two runs

Junior CF Casey Santos-Ocampo (2 for 5, 3 runs, rbi) at the top of the order and junior SS Will Shackelford (2 for 5, 2 runs, rbi) at the bottom helped lead the Jumbos (4-2). Junior 1B John Moschella came off the bench to go 2 for 5 with two runs and two rbis.

Junior R.J. Hall didn't need much run support as he went seven innings for the victory allowing seven hits and two runs with seven strikeouts and three walks. Sophomore Spencer Langdon and freshman Jamie Weiss both pitched perfect innings of relief.

The Cougars, who dropped to 7-19, received a pair of hits from junior catcher Neil Hutchens.

The first five Jumbos to bat in the game reached base, but only one by a hit. The first run scored on two hit-by-pitches and two walks. Senior RF Malcolm Nachmanoff then hit an rbi single, followed by a walk, a fielder's choice and an Averett error all scoring runs for a 5-0 Tufts lead.

The hosts continued the first-inning offense with two runs cutting the Jumbo margin to 5-2. Ryan Taylor and Kyle Vidano hit back-to-back singles to lead off and scored on a ground out and a wild pitch, respectively. Those would be the only runs for the Cougars.

Nachmanoff doubled home a run to put Tufts up 6-2 in the third, then Moschella doubled to lead off the fourth and scored making it 7-2.

The Cougars loaded the bases against Hall in the bottom of the fourth, but he got a ground ball to get out of it.

The Jumbos added on three in the fifth, four in the seventh and two in the ninth. Shackelford started the fifth with a triple and scored on Santos-Ocampo's single. A lead-off double by Santos-Ocampo sparked the seventh as he scored on Moschella's single. In the ninth Shackelford doubled home one of the runs.

Cole Spain was the losing pitcher for Averett, as he did not record an out. The Cougars used seven pitchers overall. In addition to Tufts' 12 hits, Averett surrendered 14 walks and hit eight batters. Tufts senior 3B Tommy O'Hara walked five times, was hit by a pitch and scored three runs. Senior DH Boomer Saraga scored twice, while Nachmanoff finished 2 for 3 with two rbis and a run. Junior catcher Harrison Frickman drove home two runs.

Tufts plays at Lynchburg on Friday at 3:30 p.m. Averett has a USA South Conference double-header versus North Carolina Wesleyan tomorrow starting at 3.