Jumbos Charge Past Corsairs

Jumbos Charge Past Corsairs

MEDFORD, Mass. -- Tufts University led wire-to-wire this afternoon, defeating the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 14-1 in a NCAA Division III baseball game at Huskins Field.

The Jumbos and Corsairs were scheduled to play a double-header, but rain forced the postponement of game two. Tufts improved to 22-6 overall and UMass-Dartmouth fell to 15-10.

Tufts scored three times in both the second and fourth innings before adding seven runs in the fifth. Senior James Howard went 4-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored, while senior Bryan Egan finished at 3-for-4 with his second home run, three RBI and three runs.  A nine Jumbos registered at least one hit as the host's exploded for 17 hits.

Senior pitcher Tom Ryan didn't need so much support, going all seven innings allowing four hits and one run with six strikeouts and a walk. He didn't allow a hit until two were out in the fifth and improved to 3-2 with the complete-game victory.

After going down 1-2-3 in the first, Tufts strung together four productive innings. Doubles by junior Matt Moser and sophomore Tom Petry led to a three-run second inning, with Howard singling home a run and scoring in the frame as well.

After Howard's RBI double in the third made it 3-0, the Jumbos sent nine men to the plate and scored three more in the fourth. Moser and Howard drove in runs and one of the Corsairs' four errors led to the other run. Egan's three-run home run was in the middle of Tufts' seven-run fifth inning during which they sent 13 men to the plate.

Senior Connor McDavitt added a 2-for-3 game with two RBI and a run at the top of the hosts' order. Sophomore Oscar Kutch went 2-for-4 with a run, while Moser finished 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. Freshman Tommy O'Hara scored three times.

UMass Dartmouth junior Connor Shaw (Goffstown, N.H.) had the first Corsair hit in the fifth with a soft single to center just out of the reach of Moser. The visitors scored their lone run in the sixth when senior George Agostini (Rehoboth, Mass.) sliced a double to left and scored on a single to center by senior Cory DeMedeiros (Fall River, Mass.). Shaw also had a single in the seventh to finish with two hits.

Sophomore Sean Callahan (Colchester, Vt.) took the pitching loss for UMD. Classmate Ted Savage (Plymouth, Mass.) went 1.2 innings of no-hit, no-run relief for the Corsairs.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, when the Corsairs host Rhode Island College at Paul Walsh Field.  The Anchormen and Corsairs are tied atop the Little East Conference standings with 6-3 records.