LEWISTON, Maine -- Tufts University broke a 0-0 tie with three runs in the seventh and added additional runs in the eighth and ninth innings to score a 5-2 victory over the Bates College baseball team on Friday, in the NESCAC East Division opener for both teams.
The Jumbos (10-2, 1-0 NESCAC East) will play a doubleheader at Bates (9-4, 0-1) on Saturday beginning at 12 p.m. Both games can be heard on Live Audio Webcast.
Starting pitchers Dave Ryan of Tufts and junior Paul Chiampa (Pembroke, Mass.) of Bates both had the game under control through six innings, but the Jumbos finally got to Chiampa in the seventh. Chris Pontes drew a leadoff walk, and Alex Perry followed a lineout by David Orlowitz by reaching on an error, as Pontes moved to third. Frank Petroskey came up and delivered the game's biggest hit, a double to left field that scored both Pontes and Perry. Petroskey scored Tufts' third run of the inning on a two-out triple to right field by Ian Goldberg before Chiampa finished the inning by getting Sam Sager to fly out.
Junior Noah Lynd (Meriden, N.H.), who started at designated hitter, came on to pitch the eighth for Bates and quickly got two outs. But Pontes drew a walk, and Orlowitz drove a double to the center field fence to score Pontes for a 4-0 Tufts lead.
The Jumbos added a fifth run in the ninth off of Lynd. Petroskey hit a one-out single, and moved to third on a double by David Leresche down the left-field line. Goldberg was given a free pass to load the bases, and Sager drew an RBI walk to make it 5-0.
Bates rallied in the bottom of the ninth for two runs. Junior Noah Burke (Appleton, Maine) hit a one-out single to center field, his third hit of the game, and he advanced to third on a single to right by sophomore Mike Ciummei (Acton, Mass.). First-year Kevin McGregor (Randolph, N.J.) bounced into a fielder's choice that scored Burke for Bates' first run. Junior Pat Murphy (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) kept the inning alive by poking a single through the right side, and senior Tom Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) drew a walk to load the bases. Senior Josh Linscott (Portland, Maine), an eighth-inning defensive replacement in left field, came up as the potential game-tying run, and Tufts switched pitchers from Jake Crawford to Chris DeGoti. Linscott drew a bases-loaded walk on five pitches to score McGregor and close the gap to 5-2, but DeGoti got junior Chris Burke (Andover, Mass.) to fly out to foul ground in left field to end the threat and the game. The three men left on base made it 10 for the game for the Bobcats. It was DeGoti's second save of the season.
Ryan moved to 2-0 on the season after posting seven shutout inings, allowing only three hits and three walks while striking out five batters. Chiampa suffered his first loss to move to 2-1, despite a solid outing in which the righthander allowed three runs, one earned, on seven hits and one walk over seven innings.
NOTE: Beaton went 2-for-4 on the day. His single up the middle in the eighth inning was the 100th of his college career. Beaton and Noah Burke lead the Bobcats in batting this season, at .463 and .452, respectively.