MEDFORD, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team dropped two games to host Tufts in a non-conference doubleheader at Huskins Field Monday. The Jumbos won the opener, 4-0, and the nightcap, 12-4.
In the opener, Tufts scored all of their runs in the first inning. Third baseman Wade Hauser broke a scoreless tie with a three-run homer, and catcher Nick Barker drove in the other run with an RBI triple. Andrew David went all the way for the win, allowing just three hits and improving his record to 3-2. Senior right-hander John Quigg (Weymouth, MA/Archbishop Williams HS), who started for the Corsairs, pitched the first five innings and took the loss, falling to 1-1.
Bryan Egan's third-inning RBI single gave Tufts a 1-0 lead in the nightcap, then the Jumbos added five more runs in the fourth inning, one on an RBI single by catcher Nick Cutsumpas and two more on a double by shortstop Scott Staniewicz.
Sophomore designated hitter Alex Newton (Saco, ME/Thornton Academy/Franklin Pierce) hit a three-run homer for the Corsairs in the top of the sixth, and sophomore shortstop Nate Farias (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) doubled home a run for UMD in the top of the seventh, but Tufts put the game away with six runs in their half of the sixth. Willie Archibald worked the first five innings for the Jumbos and earned the win, while freshman left-hander Paul Mahoney (North Andover, MA/Whittier Tech), the first of five UMD pitchers, took the loss and fell to 0-2.
"I wasn't excited about our energy level, which led to our execution level," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Prince. "Tufts is a good team, they do the little things right. They pitched well, and they played well in the field, and if you don't play a clean game against a team like that, you're going to get beat."
The Corsairs are now 10-13, while the Jumbos are now 19-7. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Rhode Island College in a Little East Conference game Tuesday. Tufts will visit Colby Friday.
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