Baseball Opens New England Schedule with 19-3 Victory at Mass Maritime

BUZZARDS BAY – Ten different Jumbos drove in runs as the Tufts University baseball team opened its New England schedule by walloping Massachusetts Maritime Academy 19-3 at Hendy Field Wednesday afternoon.

Mike McLaughlin finished with three hits and three runs for Tufts

Sophomore 2B Elias Varinos led the Jumbos with three rbis, while senior Christian Zazzali, senior Tommy O'Hara, senior Malcolm Nachmanoff, junior John Moschella, senior Stephan White, senior Mike McLaughlin and junior Will Shackelford all had two apiece. Tufts, who improved to 6-4, finished with 19 hits.

The Buccaneers (6-7) had a two-run home run by Nick Haley late in the game.

The game was scoreless for the first two innings as Mass Maritime's Anthony Rubicine retired the first six Tufts batters. Tufts freshman starter Owen Copps had the bases loaded with two outs in the second and got out of it with a ground ball.

The Jumbos would put nine runs on the scoreboard in the next two innings to take control. Shackelford, Varinos and O'Hara all had rbi singles in a three-run third. Varinos then hit a two-run double to left-center igniting a six-run fourth. Moschella capped the inning with a two-run triple down the right field line.

Meanwhile, Tufts followed its typical mid-week pitching plan with seven relievers following Copps, each getting an inning apiece. Brent Greeley, Andrew Wood, Spencer Langdon, Jamie Weiss, Kevin Galasso and Ian Kinney all threw scoreless innings. Weiss and Kinney did not allow a hit or a walk. The Jumbos held MMA to just four hits total.

Tufts would crown its victory with seven more runs in the sixth inning. Seven different players had rbis in the inning, including Shackelford, Zazzali and senior Boomer Saraga bringing home runs with bases-loaded hit by pitches.

In the Buccaneer sixth, Billy Keane doubled home a run and then scored when Haley homered to center.

Junior catcher Harrison Frickman and McLaughlin led the Tufts hit parade with three hits and three runs each. Varinos, O'Hara, Nachmanoff, Moschella and White all had two hits for Tufts. Copps earned his first collegiate win on the hill.

Keane was 2 for 2 with a run and an rbi for the hosts. Mike Newman had a solid relief outing of 1.2 innings without allowing a hit or a run. Rubicine (3 IP, 5 H, 3R) took the loss.

The Jumbos begin NESCAC East Division play this weekend at Huskins Field starting with a single game on Friday at 3. The Buccaneers play a 1 p.m. MASCAC double-header versus Fitchburg State on Friday.