Stone's Grand Slam Leads Roger Williams to 8-5 Baseball Win over Jumbos

MEDFORD – Junior RF Justin Stone hit a grand slam in the top of the sixth inning that made the difference in Roger Williams University's 8-5 win at Tufts in non-league baseball action on Tuesday.

Eric Schnepf was on base three times for the Jumbos today.

The Hawks (9-13-1) were trailing 5-2 entering the sixth. After an out, sophomore 1B Brandon Jenkins, freshman DH Ben Bonavita and junior LF Joey Gulino earned three straight walks to load the bases. Stone then hit an opposite-field grand slam for his first home run of the season putting the Hawks in front 6-5.

After the visitors added single runs in the eighth and ninth to lead 8-5, Tufts loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning. As a steady rain started to fall, RWU sophomore reliever Chris Flynn came on and retired the next two hitters for his second save.

The ball was carrying to right field today in windy, cold and overcast conditions at Huskins Field. Bonavita hit a two-run home run down the right-field line to put the visitors up 2-0 in the top of the second.

Tufts surged ahead with five in the fourth inning. Senior catcher Eric Schnepf hit a two-run double to right-center, senior SS Will Shackelford followed with an rbi double off the fence in right and then junior CF Justin Mills put Tufts ahead 5-2 with a two-run homer to right.

After the Hawks took the 6-5 lead, singles by Stone and senior catcher Chris Bosco along with a Tufts outfield error led to another run in the eighth. Junior Eddy Jackson walked with one out in the ninth and scored on a wild pitch making it 8-5.

Stone finished 3 for 4 with the four rbis and two runs scored for Roger Williams. Bonavita went 2 for 3 with two rbis and two runs. Jenkins scored twice. Freshman starter Anthony Sapienza picked up his second win allowing six hits and five runs with five K's and three walks. Sophomore Chris Crawford was good in relief (2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R).

Freshman Lucas Gustavson had a decent start for the hosts, going five innings allowing seven hits and two runs with six K's. Sophomore Manny Ray took the loss for the Jumbos in relief.

Tufts (15-5) returns to NESCAC East Division action at home this weekend with a three-game series against Bowdoin College starting on Friday. The Hawks are back at it tomorrow hosting Mass.-Boston.