RECORDS: Tufts 10-1; Apprentice School 18-10
LOCATION: War Memorial Stadium/Hampton, VA
IN BRIEF: A three-run fourth in game one and a two-run fourth in game two proved to be the deciding factors as Tufts swept a doubleheader from the Apprentice School 4-2 and 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.
HOW THEY SCORED
- The Builders scored a run in the bottom of the first as Brock Harris started the inning with a double and scored on a one-out single from Chris Aldridge.
- Apprentice School scratched an unearned run in the bottom of the second as Christian Burton reached on an error and advanced to second on a single from Mark Labrador. A slow roller from Lee Rossi allowed Burton to beat an attempted force out to load the bases. After a pair of strikeouts, Harris drew a bases loaded walk to give the hosts a 2-0 lead.
- The Jumbos took the lead with three runs in the top of the fourth as Wade Hauser started with a triple and scored on a Max Freccia single. Mike Barry reached on an error which was followed by Nick Barker being hit by a pitch to load the bases. A sacrifice fly from Matt Moser brought in Freccia to tie the game. James Howard followed with a single to load the bases before a walk to Connor McDavitt brought in Barry for the 3-2 lead.
- Tufts added another run in the fifth as Hauser started being hit by a pitch and moved to second on a sacrifice groundout from Freccia. He stole third and an errant throw allowed Hauser to take home for the 4-2 lead.
BEHIND THE BOXSCORE
- Each team only had five hits in the pitchers duel between Kyle Slinger and Chris Perry.
- Slinger threw six innings and struck out three for the Jumbos to earn his third win. Moser pitched the seventh to earn his first save.
- Perry went the distance walking two and striking out two to see his record drop to 3-2.
- Labrador was the only player on either team to have a multi-hit game going 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.
HOW THEY SCORED
- Tufts jumped on the board in the top of the first as Nick Barker singled with one out and Hauser followed with a double to centerfield. He was tagged out trying to stretch it into a triple.
- In the bottom of the first, the Builders scored two runs as with one out Trevin Wilson walked and Chris Aldridge followed with a single to put runners on the corners. After a walk to Brian Belvin, Burton drew a bases loaded walk to bring in Wilson to tie the game. Labrador followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Aldridge for the 2-1 lead.
- The fourth inning struck again on the Builders as Tufts plated a pair of unearned runs. Brian Egan reached on a walk and advanced as Moser reached on an error. Following a sacrifice bunt to put the runners at second and third, Nic Cutsumpas reached on a fielders choice as the throw to get Egan at the plate sailed wide. Tim Mitropoulos followed with a slow roller that Moser beat on an attempted play at the plate to give the Jumbos a 3-2 lead.
BEHIND THE BOXSCORE
- Tom Ryan and Steve Verinos combined on the four-hitter for Tufts as they held the Builders to only a sixth inning single from Belvin and a seventh inning single from Lee Rossi after the two-run first.
- Barker and Hauser had two hits each for the Jumbos who continued their hot start to the season as they're now 10-1 on the year.
- Taylor Gomer was the tough-luck loser throwing a complete game five-hitter and striking out five as his record dropped to 4-2.
NEXT UP – CENTRAL PENN COLLEGE
The Builders are now off until March 29 when they'll face first-time opponent Central Penn College in a 1 pm doubleheader at War Memorial Stadium.