Baseball Edged 5-4 in Spring Break Trip Battle Against Lynchburg

LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Tufts University baseball team fell 5-4 in a back-and-forth affair against non-conference opponent University of Lynchburg on Friday afternoon at James C. Fox Field.

Peter DeMaria scored two of the Jumbos' four runs.

Lynchburg improves to 8-11 following the win. Tufts falls to 7-2 with the loss.

Jumbo leadoff man Justin Mills singled to left field off Lynchburg freshman senior starting pitcher Graham Boggio to open the first. A pair of groundouts got Mills to third base, but Boggio was able to get out of the inning by forcing Tufts freshman Peter DeMaria to groundout to the shortstop. Jumbo sophomore pitcher Manny Ray got the starting nod and retired the first six Hornet batters before allowing a single to freshman CF Carrson Atkins in the third inning.

Tufts junior JP Knight had singled to left field to open the second inning. Knight advanced to second base off a wild pitch to get into scoring position with one out. A Lynchburg error allowed Knight to score and give the Jumbos an early 1-0 lead.

Both teams recorded a hit in the third inning, but weren't able to drive in a run. The Hornets got on the board in the fourth inning as graduate RF Kinston Carson drew a walk to start it. He eventually advanced to third base and scored off a wild pitch for the Hornets' first run. Lynchburg freshman Brenden McDonald hit a sacrifice fly that drove in sophomore LF Patrick Shaffer to give the hosts a 2-1 edge. Ray got out of the inning by striking out Atkins to leave runners on second and third.

In the fifth inning, the Jumbos left one man on base and freshman Aidan Tucker came into the game for Tufts and retired the side. DeMaria earned a walk in the top of the sixth to give Tufts a base runner. Knight then drove a double to the outfield, which advanced DeMaria to third. Tufts sophomore Brandon Bay came in as a pinch hitter and hit a sacrifice fly that brought DeMaria home to tie the game at 2-2.

Lynchburg came right back in the bottom of the sixth and retook the lead 3-2. Shaffer began the inning with a triple to get the Hornets in business. Freshman 1B Garrett Jackson hit a fly ball to center field, which was deep enough to score Shaffer and go down as a sacrifice fly.

Lynchburg sophomore pitcher Adam Dofflemyer took the ball in the seventh and retired the Jumbo side. Tufts freshman Steven Landry entered the game for Tucker and also set down the Hornets in order in the bottom of the seventh.

Jumbo junior Elias Varinos got the eighth inning going with a single to center field. Sophomore 3B Ryan Daues and DeMaria also reached base to load the bases with nobody out. After an out was made, Bay reached on an error which brought home DeMaria and Daues to give the Jumbos a 4-3 lead entering the bottom of the eighth.

Tufts freshman Michael Volgende replaced Landry on the mound for the bottom half of the inning. Carson began the inning with a triple. Freshman C Kaden Warren singled to center field with one out to bring home Carson in what was now a 4-4 tie. Jackson then came up and doubled to advance Warren to third. Sophomore DH Avery Combs poked a single to left field that drove in Warren, but Jackson was thrown out at home by Bay to keep the deficit to 5-4 for the Jumbos.

To open the top of the ninth, Dofflemyer was able to retire senior Harrison Frickman and sophomore Kyle Cortese for the first two outs of the inning. Mills then singled and got to second on a wild pitch. Varinos was hit by a pitch to give the Jumbos runners on first and second with two outs. Lynchburg sophomore Santiago Meneses entered the game and got Daues to pop out to second to end the game.

Mills ended the day with a team-high three hits for Tufts. Bay drove in a pair of runs and Burgess also recorded an rbi. DeMaria scored a team-leading two runs. Daues and Knight also scored for the Jumbos. Tufts ended the day with seven hits and left eight men on base. Ray pitched four innings and allowed two runs. Tucker recorded two innings and was tagged for a run. Landry retired the side in his inning. Volgende took the loss after allowing two runs in an inning.

Combs drove in a team-leading two runs and recorded a hit for Lynchburg. Jackson went 2 for 3 from the dish and had an rbi. Warren scored a run and drove in a run. Carson and Shaffer each recorded a hit, scored two runs, and drew a walk apiece. The Hornets totaled seven hits and left five men on base. Boggio went six innings, only allowing one earned run and five hits. Dofflemyer went two-plus innings and was only tagged for two unearned runs. Meneses picked up his first save of the season.

Tufts will play again on Sunday when they travel to Randolph-Macon, with first pitch being thrown at 3 pm. Lynchburg takes the diamond again tomorrow at 12 pm against Ferrum.


Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello