Baseball Drops Two At Tufts

April 10, 2009

Chris DeGoti helped lead Tufts to wins at Huskins Field on Friday afternoon, picking up a win and a save as the Jumbos (8-13) swept a doubleheader from Middlebury (7-9), 6-4 and 9-4. David Leresche reached base eight times in nine appearances on the day, driving in five runs and scoring twice on four hits, one walk, and three hit-by-pitches, stealing three bases in the process.

The Jumbos were helped to a 4-0 lead in game one by some shaky Middlebury defense in the second inning. With one out, three Panther errors loaded the bases for Dave Katzman, who cashed in with a two-run double to left center. After a walk to Kevin Casey, Sam Sager brought in a run with a sacrifice fly to center and Leresche brought in Katzman with a single.

After being staked to the 4-0 lead, Pat O'Donnell settled in, allowing just four baserunners in the first five innings. However, the Panthers rallied with two outs to tie the game in the sixth, as Mark Shimrock, Erich Enns, and Andrew Matson all had singles before Zach Roeder tied the game with a two-run double. DeGoti then loaded the bases by allowing a walk and a single, but got a big strikeout to end the threat.

A Panther error helped the Jumbos to two more unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth, as the third baseman booted Sager's two-out groundball to load the bases. Leresche was hit by a pitch to bring in the go-ahead run, and Corey Pontes drew a walk for an insurance run. DeGoti breezed through the seventh with two K's and a groundout to seal the 6-4 win.

Donald McKillop, Zach Roeder and Shimrock each had two hits for the Panthers, with Roeder earning a double and driving in two.

In the back end of the double-dip, the Jumbos scored six times in the first three innings to jump out to a 6-1 lead. In the first, Casey scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch to start the scoring, followed by a Pontes RBI groundout and a sacrifice fly to center by Alex Perry.

Following a Middlebury run in the top of the second, Leresche drove in a pair on a single to left in the bottom of the inning, and Sager brought in Ian Goldberg with a single down the line in left in the third.

RBI singles by Nate Bankoff and Goldberg made it 8-1 after six, but the Panthers finally got to Mike Stefaniak in the seventh. After a throwing error and a single through the left side, Middlebury's Joey Liberator chased Stefaniak with an RBI double. Kevin Gilchrist entered and gave up two more runs before DeGoti made his second appearance, inducing an inning-ending double play.

The Jumbos added one more run in the bottom of the seventh as DeGoti cruised through two more frames, striking out three in the 9-4 victory. For the day, DeGoti allowed just one run and one walk in four innings, striking out six batters. Shimrock had a pair of hits in the nightcap for the Panthers.