SALEM, Va. – Junior Brent Greeley, freshman Lucas Gustavson and junior Spencer Langdon combined to pitch a three-hitter to guide Tufts Baseball to a 3-0 win at Roanoke College on Thursday night at Kiwanis Field.
|Brent Greeley pitched six shutout innings and struck out seven.|
Tufts improves to 7-1 overall with the victory and has won four games in a row. Roanoke falls to 8-9 overall following the loss.
Greeley improved to 2-0 on the season with the win and struck out seven batters over six innings of work. He only allowed two Maroon hits in his start. Gustavson pitched a scoreless inning where he didn't allow a baserunner. Langdon closed out the final two innings by only allowing one hit and striking out four of the six batters he retired. The save for Langdon was his second of the season.
Tufts junior Justin Mills was the first hitter of the game and singled to center field. Fellow junior Ryan Day came up next and drove a ball out to left field that resulted in a double, with Mills advancing to third. Senior Casey Santos-Ocampo entered the batter's box with no outs and hit a fly ball to left field that was deep enough to drive in Mills to give the Jumbos a 1-0 edge. After a walk to sophomore Ryan Daues and a lineout from junior JP Knight, sophomore Kyle Cortese smacked an rbi double to right field to score Day from second base. Roanoake senior pitcher Matthew Franklin was able to get out of the inning by getting a groundout from junior Elias Varinos.
In the bottom of the first, Roanoke senior Scott Ellis, senior Cody Shell, and sophomore Will Smith were able to reach base to load the bases with nobody out. Greeley then came back and got three unanswered outs with a pick-off at second base, a strikeout looking, and forcing freshman Hunter Andrews into a fielder's choice to keep the 2-0 Jumbo lead.
Over the next five innings, there were only a combined four hits as both teams' pitching staffs were on. Roanoke sophomore Jamie Handley replaced Franklin after the first inning and freshman pitcher Evan Parks entered the game in the fourth. Handley only allowed a bunt single from senior Will Shackelford and a single to Cortese. Greeley's only allowed hit during that stretch came from freshman PK Cocolis in the second inning. To lead off the sixth, Tufts' Knight singled to right field, but the Jumbos couldn't drive him in. Greeley ended his day on the mound by recording three consecutive outs.
Roanoke freshman pitcher Ryan Cloud entered the game in the seventh inning for Parks, and the Jumbos were able to get a run on him to take a 3-0 lead. Shackelford took advantage of some Maroon mistakes as he reached first on a wild pitch and then took third on another wild pitch later in the inning. Eventually with no outs, Santos-Ocampo came up with the bases loaded and was able to drive in Shackelford on a fielder's choice. Gustavson then came in the game for Tufts and was able to retire three Maroon batters.
In the eighth, both teams got a hits and left a runner on base. Tufts senior Eric Schnepf and Roanoke sophomore Will Smith recorded the two hits in the inning. The Jumbos applied pressure to Roanoke freshman reliever Tanner James as Santos-Ocampo reached third with two outs in the ninth, but James was able to get Knight to fly out to center. Langdon struck out Roanoake junior Matt Wojciechowkski, but the junior reached on a wild pitch. Langdon then retired the next three batters, two of them whom he stuck out swinging to give the Jumbos the 3-0 victory.
Tufts tallied seven hits for the game and left 11 men on base. Cortese led the Jumbos' offense with two hits and drove in a run. Santos-Ocampo drove in two runs in the game. Mills drew two walks and scored a run. Day, Knight, Schnepf and Shackelford recorded the other hits. The Jumbos' pitching staff combined to strikeout 12 Maroon batters.
Roanoke had opportunities offensively, but left nine men on base. Smith reached base four times for the Maroons off three walks and a base hit. Ellis got on base twice with a base hit and a walk. Cocolis recorded the other Roanoke hit in the contest. The Maroon pitching staff recorded eight Jumbo strikeouts as a unit. Franklin was tagged for the loss.
Tufts will return to the diamond tomorrow at 3 pm when they face off against Lynchburg. Roanoke will play again on Saturday at 12:30 pm when they host Shenandoah.
Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello