Baseball Improves to 5-1 with 6-4 Victory at Guilford College in North Carolina

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Sophomore 1B Ryan Daues hit a pair of doubules with two rbis to lead the Tufts baseball team to a 6-4 win at Guilford College on Monday afternoon.

Ryan Daues now has five doubles in Tufts' six games.

Daues' rbi double in the sixth broke a 3-3 tie and then freshman SS Nate Bozzella had what would be an important two-run double in the seventh. Tufts improved to 5-1.

Guilford (7-12) was led by two hits from junior catcher Ryan Hill.

The Jumbos continued to get off to great starts as they scored three times in the first inning today. Junior 3B Elias Varinos led off with a single, took second on a passed ball, then scored on junior LF Ryan Day's base hit. Daues' first double brought along Day and then a pair of hit-by-pitches helped scored Daues making it 3-0. Tufts has now outscored its opponents in the first inning 15-0.

Tufts freshman starter Aidan Tucker retired six of the first seven he faced, but the Quakers would battle back to tie the score in the third. Junior RF Dylan Tuttle hit a two-run home run and the third run scored unearned after Hill doubled.

The Jumbos had base runners each inning from the second through fifth, but couldn't do anything with them. Then in sixth senior CF Casey Santos-Ocampo hit a two-out double and Daues followed with his second double of the game to center making it 4-3 Jumbos.

Tufts' pair of runs in the seventh came when sophomore 2B Will Burgess and senior catcher Harrison Frickman both walked with one out. Bozzella then doubled scoring both for a 6-3 Tufts advantage, his first collegiate hit.

Jumbo freshman Steven Landry relieved Tucker in the sixth and left runners at second and third by getting a ground ball. Guilford then scored once unearned in the seventh as sophomore 2B Ellis Stokes led off with a walk and scored on a pair of Jumbo miscues.

Landry got the Jumbos through the eighth and then freshman Michael Volgende worked the ninth. He allowed a lead-off single to Hill, but retired the next three for his second save.

Burgess had three hits to lead Tufts' 11-hit attack. Both Varinos and Daues had two. Tucker (5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) earned his first collegiate victory while Landry went three innings giving up two hits and an unearned run.

Stokes scored twice for Guilford. Junior Brody Holloman, the fifth of eight pitchers used by the Quakers, took the loss.

The Jumbos play at Averett on Tuesday at 2:30 as their spring trip continues. Guilford next plays on Wednesday at Roanoke (6 pm).