Suffolk Strikes Early to Score 16-5 Baseball Victory over Jumbos

MEDFORD – Senior centerfielder Brady Chant went 5 for 6 with three runs scored and two rbis to lead Suffolk University's 20-hit attack in a 16-5 college baseball victory at Tufts University on Tuesday at Huskins Field.

Nick Falkson singled home a run and scored in the first

Senior RF Seth Coiley was 4 for 6 with three rbis and two runs scored as the Rams improved to 18-15. Tufts, led by red-hot senior RF Malcolm Nachmanoff's four rbis, dropped to 15-12.

The Rams had nine runs and 13 hits in the first three innings. They scored four times and had six hits in the opening frame. Junior DH Greg Speliotis added an rbi single and scored a run. However, Tufts responded with three of their own in the bottom of the first including a two-run double down the left-field line by Nachmanoff.

Coiley singled home a run and scored in the Rams' two-run second inning for a 6-3 lead. Chant and Coiley both hit rbi doubles as Suffolk scored three more times in the top of the third to lead 9-3.

Nachmanoff then hit his fifth home run in the last six games with two outs in the bottom of the third closing the Jumbos within 6-4.

Jumbo freshman reliever Andrew Wood did a nice job slowing Suffolk down with scoreless fourth and fifth innings. However, the Rams would add four more in the top of the sixth making it 13-4. Shant had his fifth hit in as many at bats during the frame, driving home a run. Sophomore SS Rich Gilbridge drew a bases-loaded walk.

A two-run home run by Suffolk pinch hitter Connor Troio put the Rams up 16-3 in the top of the ninth before Tufts added one in the ninth when freshman 2B Ryan Daues walked and scored on a ground out by Nachmanoff.

Junior Kevin Sinatra went seven innings allowing six hits and four runs to earn his third win for Suffolk. Speliotis (2 for 6, 2 rbis, run), Will Hopkins (2 for 5, 2 runs, rbi), Tim Brigham (3 hits) and Gildbride (3 runs) were offensive leaders for the Rams.

Freshman starter Owen Copps took the loss for Tufts. Nachmanoff at 2 for 5 was the only Jumbo with more than one hit.

Tufts hosts Endicott College tomorrow, weather-depending. The Rams are scheduled to play at UMass-Dartmouth on Thursday.