Home Runs Power Baseball to Double-header Sweep over Nichols

MEDFORD – The Tufts University baseball team hit four home runs accounting for 11 runs in a non-conference double-header sweep of Nichols College on Saturday afternoon at Huskins Field. The game scores were 8-2 and 11-5.

Christian Zazzali was 4 for 9 with five rbis and four runs in the two games

Seniors Christian Zazzali and Tommy O'Hara homered in game one, then junior John Moschella and senior Nick Falkson had four-baggers in the nightcap as Tufts improved to 9-8.

Nichols, led by three hits including a home run, two rbis and two runs scored from Kyle Bouchard in the two games, drops to 6-14.

Tufts scored four times in the second inning of game one. Malcolm Nachmanoff led off with a single and was sacrificed to second. He scored the first run of the game on a Nichols error. After a single by junior catcher Harrison Frickman, Zazzali hit his first career home run to left with two outs to give the Jumbos a 4-0 margin.

Falkson hit a one-out single to center and stole second in the third. He went to third on a fly ball and scored on a single up by the middle by JP Knight giving Tufts a 5-0 advantage.

Sophomore pitcher Brent Greeley went the distance in the seven-inning game for the Jumbos to earn his fourth win of the spring. He allowed six hits and one earned run with three strikeouts and a walk.

The Bison only scored in the fourth inning, when they plated two. Nick Roy led off with a single, stole second and took third on a ground out. He scored on a single by Bouchard, who would also come around on a Tufts error.

Moschella doubled home another Tufts run in the fourth with Will Shackelford – who had led off with a single – scoring. Tufts added two more in the sixth on O'Hara's two-run home run to left. His 14th career home run moved O'Hara into a tie for eighth on Tufts' all-time list.

Tufts' 11-hit attack in game one was led by Moschella, who went went 3 for 4. Frickman finished 2 for 3 with two runs.

Justin Hurley went the distance for Nichols in game one, giving up 11 hits and eight runs (five earned) with six K's and a walk in six innings.

The Bison grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the first in game two. Joe Assenza led off with a triple to left-center and scored on a ground out by Roy. Cam Cook then walked and scored when Bouchard and Chris Anderson hit consecutive singles, with Anderson getting the rbi.

The Jumbos got the two runs right back in the bottom of the first as Knight delivered a two-run single scoring Zazzali (single) and O'Hara (walk). The game stayed tied at 2-2 through three innings.

Three-run home runs by Moschella in the fourth and Falkson in the fifth broke the game open, helping Tufts take a 10-3 lead. The Jumbos scored four runs in both innings, with Zazzali adding run-scoring singles to both frames. He and O'Hara scored in both innings, as did sophomore 2B Elias Varinos.

A lead-off single by Bison catcher Shay Souza, a base hit by Assenza, a Tufts error and a sacrifice fly by Cook had given Nichols a run in the top of the fifth.

Varinos led off the seventh with a walk and scored Tufts' final run on a base hit by Moschella.

Singles by Nathaniel Cormier and Roy sandwiched around a Tufts error in the eighth, and Bouchard leading off the top of the ninth with a long home run to right scored the last two Nichols runs.

Jumbo sophomore Spencer Langdon went to 2-0 on the mound allowing six hits and three runs (two earned) with four K's and two walks. Zazzali at 3 for 5 with three runs and two rbis, and Moschella going 2 for 4 with four rbis and a run were Tufts' game-two offensive leaders. O'Hara and Varinos both scored three times.

Andrew Charbonneau allowed five hits and six runs with six walks and three K's while absorbing the loss for Nichols. The Bison out-hit Tufts 10-9 in the nightcap with Assenza (2 for 5, run), Roy (2 for 4, 2 rbis), Bouchard (2 for 4, run, rbi) and Anderson (2 for 4, rbi) leading the way.

Tufts is scheduled to play at Keene State tomorrow, field conditions pending. The Bison are at Roger Williams for a Commonwealth Coast Conference double-header tomorrow.