HAMPTON, Va. – The Tufts University baseball team finished off a two-game sweep to open its 2019 spring trip with a 14-3 victory over Apprentice School on Friday afternoon at War Memorial Stadium.
|Peter DeMaria was 5 for 8 with four runs and seven rbis in Friday's two games.|
Tufts had defeated Castleton 17-2 earlier in the day at War Memorial. For the two games, the Jumbos had 31 runs and had 29 hits. Through three games this season, Tufts (3-0) has scored 48 runs with 48 hits.
Five different Jumbos had two hits apiece today including freshman DH Peter DeMaria who wrapped up a strong collegiate debut by going 2 for 3 with three walks and four rbis against the Builders. He was 3 for 5 with three runs and three rbis earlier against Castleton.
Tufts also got good pitching in both games today with junior Brent Greeley going seven innings against Apprentice allowing just two hits and no runs though he walked five.
The Builders, who fell to 10-6, had two hits from junior shortstop Thomas Packert including a double in the seventh.
The game was delayed in the top of the first due to lightning. When action resumed, the Jumbos built a 9-0 lead through five innings. Three Apprentice errors led to a pair of Tufts runs in the second. Senior CF Casey Santos-Ocampo led off the third with a walk and scored on DeMaria's double making it 3-0. Another DeMaria double brought in two more runs in the fourth for a 5-0 Tufts advantage. They added four runs in the fifth highlighted by rbi singles from junior 3B Elias Varinos and sophomore 1B Ryan Daues, and a two-run single by sophomore CF Justin Mills.
Greeley retired 10 in a row from the second inning into the fifth. He worked out of a two-on, no-out jam in his seventh and final inning.
Apprentice scored each of its three runs in the eighth. Maxwell Burcham doubled home a run, Hunter Riss had an rbi single and Jake Day doubled to left-center for the final run.
Varinos finished 2 for 5 and scored three times while making a couple great plays at third base for Tufts. Daues had two hits and two rbis, Mills went 2 for 3 with the two rbis and Schnepf finished with two hits and two runs. Freshman reliever Steven Landry struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth to end the game.
Logan Mize, Luke Wells and Brian Fritzinger all had short scoreless relief outings for Apprentice.
Tufts returns to War Memorial Stadium on Saturday to play Stevens at 4 pm. The Builders host St. Vincent on Saturday at 1 pm.