MEDFORD – The Tufts University baseball team drew 20 walks, tied for the second-most in a game in NCAA Division III history, as they defeated Massachusetts Maritime Academy 24-6 in their home opener on Wednesday at Huskins Field.
|Justin Mills had four of Tufts' 20 walks in the game.|
Freshman 1B Peter DeMaria went 3 for 3 with a double, a home run and five rbis and senior LF Casey Santos-Ocampo finished 2 for 4 with three runs and three rbis for the Jumbos (9-2). Senior catcher Harrison Frickman hit a three-run home run and scored three times. Tufts' 24 runs were the most by the Jumbos since a 28-2 win at Brandeis in 2015.
Fourteen different Jumbos earned walks led by four from junior lead-off batter Justin Mills. The 20 bases on balls are the most in an NCAA Division III game since 2007. Today was the fifth time a team has taken 20 walks. The NCAA record is 24 by WashU versus Principia in 1997. Eleven of the walks scored this afternoon.
Senior CF Paul Sances and junior 1B Nick Haley both had two hits for Mass Maritime (3-10), with Haley driving home four runs.
The game was tied 4-4 early as the Jumbos scored four times in the first inning and the Buccaneers rallied with four to tie it in their third. Santos-Ocampo singled home a run and scored for Tufts in the first and Haley had a two-run double to highlight the MMA third.
DeMaria's long solo home run to center field led off a three-run bottom of the third for Tufts. He then hit a bases-clearing double in a four-run fifth for Tufts that put them up 11-4. The Jumbos really blew the game open with nine more in the bottom of the sixth to lead 20-4, including Frickman's three-run home run to left.
A one-out walk to freshman 3B A.J. Luciano was followed by a Sances double to right in the Maritime seventh. Both runners scored on a base hit to center by Haley making the score 20-6.
Tufts finished with four more in the bottom of the seventh, an inning bolstered by a Buccaneer error, four consecutive walks and a hit-by-pitch.
The Jumbos used six pitchers in the game. Sophomore Manny Ray pitched two innings of no-hit, no-run relief and both junior Spencer Langdon and freshman Michael Volgende hurled 1-2-3 innings late in the game. Tufts finished with a relatively modest 11 hits considering their run total.
Luciano scored twice for Mass Maritime, while sophomore Lucas Estevez pitched two innings of scoreless relief.
The victory is the 19th in a row in the series for the Jumbos against the Buccaneers.
Tufts opens NESCAC East Division play on Friday against Bates. Mass Maritime begins their MASCAC schedule also on Friday at Fitchburg State.