Baseball Takes First Loss as Stevens' 8th-Inning Rally Leads to 8-7 Win

HAMPTON, Va. – Stevens Institute of Technology scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning lifting the Ducks to an 8-7 victory over Tufts University in college baseball action Saturday afternoon at War Memorial Stadium.

J.P. Knight had a pair of rbis for the Jumbos today.

The loss was the first of the spring for Tufts (3-1), who had the tying run at second base when the game ended. Stevens improved to 3-6.

With the game tied 5-5, the Ducks scored three times after two were out in the eighth (two unearned) on three hits and two Tufts errors. Senior LF Donny Gherardi and graduate DH Tommy Baronner had rbis.

Tufts trailed 8-5 entering the ninth when Jumbo pinch-hitter Kyle Cortese drew a walk to start the frame. Junior 3B Elias Varinos followed with a single. Another base hit by sophomore 1B Ryan Daues and a sac fly by junior RF J.P. Knight drew the Jumbos within 8-7. However, Stevens reliever Ryan Larsen got the final out on a fly ball.

Tufts, who scored 48 runs in its first three games of 2019, jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first today including a two-run double by red-hot freshman Peter DeMaria. However, Stevens junior Patrick Rood hit a three-run home run as part of a four-run third that put the Ducks up 4-3. Tufts tied it in the bottom of the third with a Varinos walk, stolen base and two Stevens errors.

The Ducks went ahead 5-4 in the fourth when senior 2B Carlos Leon hit a one-out single and eventually scored on a bases-loaded walk by Baronner. The Jumbos tied it in the sixth on Knight's lead-off double and a sac fly by senior catcher Harrison Frickman.

Varinos went 3 or 4 with three runs to lead the Jumbos, who were held to eight hits by four Stevens pitchers. Knight finished with two rbis. Freshman Lucas Gustavson absorbed the loss for Tufts. Freshman Sriharsha Bollu had a good relief stint of four innings allowing four hits and a run.

Gherardi was 2 for 5 with two runs and an rbi for Stevens, while Leon scored twice and junior RF A.J. Falconite went 2 for 4 with a run. Sophomore reliever Joseph Deitz was the winning pitcher with Larsen getting the save.

The Jumbos conclude their weekend at War Memorial Stadium with a game against St. Vincent College tomorrow morning at 10 am. Stevens plays Apprentice School on Sunday.