MEDFORD – In a "winner takes all" second game of today's double-header between Tufts and Trinity for the NESCAC East pennant, Jumbo junior starting pitcher Brendan McFall was brilliant with a two-hit shutout in a 1-0 victory. Tufts (10-3, 5-2 NESCAC East) advances to the conference championship series, which they will host next weekend against Amherst College.
|Clay Sowell had the game-winning rbi in game two.|
The Jumbos and Bantams (9-6, 4-3) entered their three-game weekend series with the NESCAC East title on the line. Tufts won in Hartford 8-0 on Saturday, but the Bantams stayed alive with a 2-1 win over the Jumbos in the first game of today's double-header. In another very well-pitched game, Bantams Alex Shafer and Justin Olson held Tufts to six hits in Sunday's opener.
Head coach John Casey's Tufts team wins its 12th NESCAC East pennant and will compete for their seventh conference crown next weekend. In this limited 2021 season, a best two-out-of-three series will determine the conference champion. The Amherst Mammoths won the West at 8-3. Specific game information for next weekend's championship has not yet been announced.
In the seven-inning game one against Trinity today, the Jumbos took a 1-0 lead in the third on doubles by Nate Bozzella and Jimmy Evans. In the Trinity fifth, base hits by Alex Rodriguez and Jack Mathews (2 for 3 in game one) set the table for Sean Meth. He hit a two-run single giving the visitors the lead. The Bantams left the bases loaded with one out in the frame, as Tufts starter Cameron Mayer (5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 8 K) worked out of the jam.
Peter DeMaria and Clay Sowell opened the Tufts sixth with singles, but Shafer struck out the next three batters to hold the lead. Tufts then had two on in the seventh with one out, but Shafer gave way to Olson who earned the save by getting the final two outs.
Spencer Langdon pitched two innings of one-hit, no-run relief late to help give the Jumbos a chance.
In the decisive game two, McFall struck out nine and did not walk anyone. Trinity did not have a runner reach second base. Tufts' Miles Reid led off the bottom of the first with a base hit to right and scored the game's only run after a walk to Evans, a single by DeMaria and a sac fly from Sowell.
Trinity pitchers James Fahey, Ian Brown and Jacob Mello combined to allow just three Tufts hits in the second game.
It was a great day for the pitching, as the two teams combined for 31 innings in the two games allowing just 18 hits and four earned runs (1.16 era).