MEDFORD – Sophomore CF Justin Mills went 4 for 5 with four rbis and two runs scored to lead the Tufts University baseball team's 19-hit attack in a 22-7 NESCAC East Division victory over Colby College on Friday afternoon at Huskins Field.
|Justin Mills went 4 for 5 with four rbis and two runs|
Tufts (13-10, 4-3 NESCAC East) takes game one of the three-game weekend series and currently sits tied for second in the East with Bates.
Colby, led by three hits and three rbis from freshman Andrew Russell, dropped to 5-16 and 1-6.
The Jumbos scored four in the second and four in the third to lead 8-1. The hosts then added three more in the fourth and five in the sixth to take a 16-3 advantage. After a scoreless sixth inning, the Jumbos finished their barrage with two in the seventh and four in the eighth.
A two-run single by Mills highlighted the second. Senior Malcolm Nachmanoff hit a pair of solo home runs in the third and fourth innings. A two-run double by junior LF Casey Santos-Ocampo sparked the Jumbo fifth. Freshman Ryan Daues added his first collegiate home run, a shot which skidded off the top of the fence in left, to score two in the eighth.
A triple by sophomore Will Phillips followed by a single from Russell scored the first Colby run in the third. Phillips added an rbi single in the fifth. Russell doubled home a run in the seventh and added a run-scoring single in the ninth for the Mules.
Tufts starter R.J. Hall earned his fourth win. He couldn't quite finish the complete game, going 8.1 innings. Colby used eight pitchers with junior Brooks Parker taking the loss.
Nachmanoff finished 3 for 3 with four runs and two rbis for Tufts, while senior 3B Tommy O'Hara went 3 for 7 with three rbis. Santos-Ocampo was 2 for 2 with four runs scored and two rbis, while junior catcher Harrison Frickman had a 1 for 1 game with two sac flies, three rbis and two runs.
Phillips joined Russell in leading Colby by going 3 for 5 with two runs and an rbi atop the Mules' order. Junior Andrew Sterup had two hits and freshman Ryan Hecht scored twice.
The teams play a double-header at Huskins starting tomorrow at noon.