Baseball Goes 1-1 In A Pair With Tufts

May 5, 2013

Middlebury and Tufts split a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon on Forbes Field. The Panthers took game one 7-6 in walk-off fashion, while the Jumbos earned an 8-3 victory in the second game. Tufts ends its season with a 22-13 mark, while Middlebury finishes 12-19.

Tom Rafferty’s two-run single in the bottom of the seventh gave Middlebury a 7-6 win in game one.  Alex Kelly led off with a single before moving to second when Michael Morris reached on an error during a sacrifice bunt. Thomas Driscoll followed with a bunt single to third to load the bases before Rafferty’s heroics.

Tufts scored a pair of unearned runs in the first inning before the Panthers answered with a run in the bottom half. Middlebury tied the game in the third when Driscoll drove in Andrew Lind who led off the inning with a single up the middle.

Middlebury struck for three runs in the fifth to take a 5-2 lead. An RBI bunt single by Morris and a two-run single though the right side by Rafferty plated the runs.

The Jumbos answered in the bottom of the inning with four runs to take a 6-5 advantage. Joe Harrington drove in a pair with a double to left center before a bases loaded walk and a single through the right side by Max Freccia gave Tufts the lead.

Logan Mobley (1-3) earned the win in relief for Middlebury, throwing 1.2 innings and allowing just one hit. Matt Moser was unable to secure his sixth save of the season, falling to 1-2.

Driscoll finished the game 3-4, while Rafferty was 2-4 with four RBI. Dylan Sinnickson went 2-4 with two runs scored, while Lind went 2-3, scoring a pair. Nate Izzo was the lone multiple hitter for Tufts, going 2-4.

In game two, Tufts struck for five runs in the first on three hits with two Panther errors. Freccia drove in a run with a single to left as did Kevin Godin with a single to left center.

Tufts took a 6-0 lead in the fourth when Freccia drove in a runner from third that broke for home, on a play that ended in a Panther error. Middlebury got on the board in the bottom of the inning with an RBI double to left center by Hunter Merryman, scoring Rafferty, who had walked.

Middlebury chipped away, scoring twice in the fifth to make it a 6-3 game. Sinnickson singled to center before Kelly singled through the right side. Morris followed with a two-run double to left center.

A two-run single in the seventh by Harrington made it an 8-3 final. Middlebury loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but could not get back in the game.

Kyle Slinger improved to 4-2 with the win, allowing three runs and six hits over five innings of work. James Howard finished 2-3, while Harrington was 2-5 with a pair of RBI.

Noah Bakker (2-2) suffered the loss for Middlebury, as Sinnickson finished 3-4 and Morris went 2-3 with a double and two RBI in the game.

Game 1 Box - Game 2 Box