MEDFORD – Ranked third nationally in scoring, the Tufts University baseball team reached double-digits for the seventh time in 16 games this spring with a 10-2 victory against MIT on Thursday at Huskins Field.
|Freshman Lucas Gustavson earned his first collegiate victory this afternoon.|
Jumbo freshman starter Lucas Gustavson and sophomore reliever Manny Ray stranded 16 MIT base runners in the game as the visitors out-hit Tufts 12-9. The Engineers made three errors leading to seven of the 10 runs being unearned.
MIT loaded the bases with one out in the top of the first, including singles by senior 3B Jared Schwait and Johnston. Gustavson battled out of the jam with a strikeout and a fly ball to hold the Engineers scoreless.
The Jumbos then scored three runs on one hit in the bottom of the inning. Senior LF Casey Santos-Ocampo singled and eventually scored the third run on a double steal attempt, scooting home during a run-down between first and second.
Tufts loaded the bases in the second when sophomore 2B Will Burgess led off with an infield single followed by two walks. He scored on a double-play ball for a 4-0 Tufts advantage.
MIT got on the scoreboard when sophomore Andrew Krause homered to left with one out in the third, his second of the season.
Three more came across for the Jumbos in bottom of the fourth. A single by Day and a Santos-Ocampo sac fly scored two of the runs. Mills reached on an error and scored the other run on a wild pitch as Tufts took a 7-1 lead.
In the MIT fifth, senior 1B Alex Kushner doubled with two outs sending Johnston, who had walked, to third. However, Gustavson finished his stint by getting a foul out to the catcher. He would earn his first collegiate victory, going five innings allowing seven hits and one run with four K's and four walks. He left 10 on base.
Ray was greeted by a double down the left-field line by sophomore SS Ethan Rolland in the MIT sixth. He scored on another double by Johnston making it a 7-2 game.
The Jumbos tacked on one more in the seventh on a bases-loaded walk by Burgess, and then two more unearned in the eighth including an rbi double from sophomore DH Kyle Cortese.
Freshman 1B Peter DeMaria and Costese both had two hits for Tufts. Ray (4 IP, 5 H, 1 R) earned his first collegiate save.
Kushner and freshman DH Nick Aiello had two hits for MIT. Senior starter Nick Charcut was the losing pitcher, with only two of the seven runs he allowed earned in 3.2 innings. In addition to the team's 16 LOB's and three errors, MIT pitching issued eight walks in a frustrating afternoon for the visitors.
Tufts hosts Middlebury in a double-header at Huskins on Saturday. MIT is home against Emerson in NEWMAC play tomorrow afternoon.