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Tufts prevails over baseball in NESCAC East opener



C. Burke




MEDFORD, Mass. -- Junior Kevin Gilchrist pitched a complete-game shutout to lead Tufts to a 5-0 victory against the Bates baseball team in the NESCAC East Division opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon at Huskins Field.

Gilchrist scattered 10 hits over nine innings, with a Bates runner reaching third base only once. He did not walk a batter and struck out six while improving to 3-1 and lowering his era to 2.67 on the season.

The Jumbos won their fourth straight and moved to 7-4-1 overall and 1-0 in the NESCAC East. Bates, whose starter, junior righthander Karl Alexander (Cambridge, Mass.), had only one bad inning, fell to 6-8 overall and 0-1 in the conference as Alexander's record dipped to 2-1.

Bates senior CF Pat Murphy (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) was 3 for 4, while senior catcher Jake Simon (Waterford, Conn.) and senior RF Chris Burke (Andover, Mass.) both had two hits. Alexander allowed 11 hits and five runs while striking out three and walking one in 6.1 innings of work. Freshman Tom Baroni (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) and classmate Jeffrey Gunn (Atlanta, Ga.) both pitched short stints of scoreless relief.

With the game tied 0-0 entering the bottom of the fourth, the Jumbos struck for four runs against Alexander. Back-to-back singles by Chase Rose and Matt Collins set the table. Tom Howard hit an RBI single, and the Jumbos also forced in runs with a walk and a hit by pitch.

Gilchrist, who had worked out of a two-on, one out jam in the first, faced a bases-loaded situation in the Bates fifth, but got a fly out. The Jumbos added a solo run in the fifth when Collins led off with a double and scored on the second sacrifice fly of the game by Ian Goldberg.

The Jumbos finished with 12 hits as Collins was 3 for 3 with two runs scored, Frank Petroskey was 3 for 4 with a run and Rose added two hits.

The teams continue their series with a double-header beginning at noon tomorrow.

BOX SCORE: Tufts 5, Bates 0