Jumbo Baseball Sweeps Double-header at Williams to Run Winning Streak to Six Games

Wade Hauser finished with five rbi in the two games combined

WILLIAMSTOWN - The Tufts baseball team swept a pair of games at Williams College in non-divisional NESCAC play Saturday. The Jumbos won the seven-inning first game 10-1, and then took the nine-inning night cap 7-3.

With the wins, Tufts stretched its current winning streak to six games and improved to 18-8 overall.  The Ephs dropped to 10-17.

The first game was highlighted by Jumbo sophomore Christian Sbily's (Gaithersburg, MD) spectacular outing as he threw a complete game for the Jumbos going 7 innings allowing one run and five hits.  Sbily added two walks and two strikeouts to his performance, improving to 4-3.

The Jumbos combined for 13 hits in the game, with sophomores Tim Mitropoulos (Winchester, MA) and Nate Izzo (Saunderstown, RI) both going 3 for 4. Seniors Sam Sager (Cranston, RI) and Matt Collins (Hopkinton, MA) also had multiple-hit games with two apiece.  Collins roped a double and a triple. Freshman Luke Pierce was the only Ephs batter with a multiple hit game, going 2 for 3. 
 
For Williams, senior Harry Marino got the nod and went 4.2 innings allowing nine runs (seven earned) on 11 hits with three strikeouts and a walk.  Marino was relieved by freshman Kelso Stevens who went 2.1 innings allowing a run on two hits.

Williams scored first, as junior Darren Hartwell beat out an infield single to get on base for fellow junior Taylor Mondshein to advance him to third with a single to right field.  Senior Cameron Susk then hit into a fielder's choice to bring home Hartwell.

In the top of the second, freshman Bryan Egan (Watervliet, NY) hit a bases-loaded single up the middle for the Jumbos to bring home both freshman Wade Hauser (Palo Alto, CA), who reached on a hit-by-pitch, and Izzo who singled earlier. Then Mitropoulos brought home junior first baseman Tom Howard (Rockville Centre, NY) with a single to right and it was 3-1 Tufts.

In the top of the fourth, Izzo and Mitropoulos were at it again when Izzo led off with a single to start the inning.  Mitropoulos eventually brought him home with another RBI single to right field.  Sager then hit into a fielder's choice to bring home Howard, who reached on an error earlier in that inning.

Tufts padded the lead to 9-1 in the top of the fifth when Collins slugged a lead-off double down the left field line.  Junior Eric Weikert (Avondale Estates, GA) then executed a bunt for an infield single down the first base line.  Collins advanced to third on the bunt, where Hauser would hit him home with a sacrifice fly to right field.  Izzo then batted another single to advance Weikert to second and they both would score on a shot to the right-centerfield gap by Howard.  Howard would score on Sager's single to left to give the Jumbos a four-run fifth inning.

The guests would add one last run in the top of the sixth when Collins led off with a triple to left-center field.  Hauser brought him home with an rbi groundout to the shortstop.

Senior Kevin Gilchrist started on the mound for the Jumbos in the second game and went 5.1 innings giving up three runs on four hits.  Gilchrist added three walks and four strikeouts to his performance, earning the win.  Freshman Willie Archibald (Milton, MA) relieved for 1.2 innings allowing one hit while adding a strikeout and a walk. Sophomore Dean Lambert (Cross River, NY) closed the game for Tufts going two innings allowing no hits, while he added a strikeout and two walks.

Hauser led the Jumbos' offensive attack in the second game going 4 for 5 with three rbi. Collins went 3 for 5 in the game scoring three runs and Sager went 2 for 5 with an rbi and a run.  Hauser had five rbi in the two games.  Collins, Sager and Mitropoulos each had a double in the second game.

Freshman pitcher Tom Murphy started the second game for the Ephs and went 6.1 innings allowing nine hits and six runs (two earned), adding a walk and five strikeouts to his outing. Senior Matt Berdoff relieved Murphy and threw 1.2 innings allowing no runs, recording two strikeouts and a walk.  Junior Jimmy Ray threw last for the Ephs going an inning allowing two hits and a run.

The Jumbos got off to a great start in the second game scoring two runs in the top of the first.  Freshman Connor McDavitt (Holden, MA) reached on an error, one of four on the day by the Ephs. Collins swatted a single between the shortstop and third baseman advancing McDavitt to second.  Both would reach scoring position on a wild pitch.  Weikert then hit an rbi groundout to second bringing home McDavitt, while Collins scored on an rbi single to center by Hauser.

Mitropoulos smacked a two-out double to left in the top of the second.  He then scored when Sager squeezed an rbi single up the middle.  Mitropoulos was 4 for 7 on the day with three rbi and a run scored.

Williams' offense seemingly came alive in the bottom of the sixth when they scored three runs to tie the ballgame.  Senior Stephen Maier led off the inning a single to left.  Taylor Mondshein and Cameron Susk each drew walks, loading the bases for sophomore Marco Hernandez who hit an rbi single to right.  Hartwell roped an rbi grounder to short where he dug out a potential double play ball, scoring Mondshein.  Freshman Phil McGovern was hit by the very next pitch, bringing home Susk.

However, Tufts fought right back as they scored three runs in the top of the seventh.  Sager led off with a double and ended up making it to third on an errant cut-off throw.  McDavitt executed a sacrifice fly to center bringing Sager home.  Collins then singled up the middle followed by Weikert who reached on an infield error.  Hauser singled to right center scoring Collins and advancing Weikert all the way to third.  Izzo hit a sac fly to bring home Weikert.

The Ephs could not rally, and Tufts scored one more time in the top of the ninth when Collins hit another lead-off double to the right-center gap.  Hauser would slug him home with another single.
 
Tufts finishes a busy week with a single game at Daniel Webster tomorrow at 1 pm. The Ephs play away on Tuesday at 4 pm against Union College.

Game 1 box score

Game 2 box score

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Game recap courtesy of Williams College