MEDFORD – The Tufts University baseball team had 21 hits, earned 10 walks and took advantage of seven Keene State errors as the Jumbos won a non-conference game over the Owls 23-7 at Huskins Field on Sunday afternoon.
|Manny Ray pitched five innings of three-hit, one-run relief|
Five Jumbos had three hits or more led by a 4 for 6 day with four runs and an rbi from junior DH John Moschella. Senior 3B Tommy O'Hara, junior RF Malcolm Nachmanoff and sophomore infielder Elias Varinos all had three hits for Tufts. The Jumbos improved to 10-8 overall.
Keene State (10-8) was led by senior 3B Abe Grainger, who went 2 for 4 including his first home run of the season with two outs in the top of the sixth.
The teams battled back and forth offensively for the first two innings, which took an hour to play and had the Jumbos and Owls tied at 6-6. Tufts took control of the game with a five-run third inning giving the hosts an 11-6 advantage. A two-run home run by junior catcher Harrison Frickman highlighted the frame.
From there Tufts pitching tamed the Owls as sophomore Will Dennis and freshman Manny Ray combined for 7.1 innings allowing one run and three hits. Both were making their first-ever appearances for Tufts. Dennis (2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R) picked up his first collegiate victory and Ray (5 IP, 3 H, 1 R) earned his first-ever save.
The Jumbo bats continued to pile on runs with three in the fifth, three in the sixth and six in the seventh. Varinos had three hits, two runs and four rbis in the three-inning span. Senior 1B Nick Falkson was on base in each of the three innings and scored three times. Nachmanoff and Mike McLaughlin, who pinch hit for him in the sixth, both had rbi doubles during this time.
O'Hara finished 3 for 5 with three runs and an rbi, Nachmanoff was 3 for 3 with four rbis and a run, and Varinos ended his day 3 for 4 with five rbis and three runs. Falkson scored four times and knocked in two, while senior CF Christian Zazzali finished 2 for 5 with two runs. Sophomore JP Knight came off the bench to score twice and record two rbis. In addition to scoring 23 runs, Tufts left 14 on base.
Keene sophomore 1B Connor Walsh was 2 for 5 with a run and an rbi. Junior SS John Tarascio had a run-scoring double off the top of the fence in center field during the first inning. Freshman LF Ryan Gammie hit a two-run single in the second. The Owls, who worked nine walks off Tufts pitching, finished with 10 LOBs. Freshman Ryan Sliwinski, the fifth Owls' pitcher of the game, was effective allowing two hits and an unearned run in two late innings of relief.
The Jumbos head to Roger Williams for a non-conference single on Tuesday. Keene State also has non-league action on Tuesday hosting Fitchburg State.