MEDFORD, Mass. -- The Tufts University pitching staff stymied the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth baseball team this afternoon at Huskins Field, sweeping a non-conference doubleheader.
The nationally-ranked Jumbos rallied for seven runs in the fifth inning to overtake the Corsairs 9-3 in Game 1, while two pitchers combined for a seven-inning shutout to complete the sweep with a 3-0 win.
In the two seven-inning games, junior Tom Ryan went the distance in the first while sophomore Andrew David with short relief from freshman Speros Varinos worked the second. With no earned runs in 14 innings today, Tufts pitching now sports a 2.61 earned run average.
The Jumbos, who got four rbis from senior catcher Nick Cutsumpas who started both games, improved to 25-2 with the double-header sweep. UMass Dartmouth, which received a solid start from sophomore Aaron Chouinard in game two, dipped below .500 to 14-16.
Tufts went out 2-0 in game one by scoring without a hit in the second inning and getting an rbi single from Cutsumpas in the third. However, the Corsairs took advantage of Jumbo miscues to lead 3-2 in the top of the fifth. Two Tufts errors and an rbi single by junior catcher Cory DeMedeiros plated two in the fourth. Senior RF Wayne Bolz hit a one-out single, stole second, took third on a fly ball and scored on a passed ball in the fifth.
However, the Jumbos immediately erased the deficit in a big way with a seven-run fifth. They sent 11 men to the plate and used four hits, three-hit batters and three UMass Dartmouth errors. Junior 1B James Howard and junior DH Bryan Egan both hit two-run singles in the inning.
Ryan brought it home for the Jumbos, finishing the full seven allowing five hits and no walks with four strikeouts to improve to 2-1. Egan was 3 for 4 with the two rbis and a run, while Cutsumpas went 2 for 4 with a run and an rbi. UMass Dartmouth hit Jumbos with seven pitches, and Tufts junior CF Connor McDavitt twice brought home runs by getting HBP'd.
Bolz had two hits at the bottom of the UMass Dartmouth order in game one. Sophomore pitcher George Bent took the loss, giving up seven hits and six runs with three K's and two walks in 4.1 innings. Freshman Ted Savage had a good relief outing (1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R).
David was in command of the second game, allowing four hits and a walk with two strikeouts over six innings. The Corsairs had runners on first and second in the top of the first, but a dobule play ball ended the inning and they would touch second base only once again. Freshman Speros Varinos came on after David walked the lead-off man in the seventh and retired the next three hitters for his second save.
Cutsumpas (2 for 3, 3 rbis) provided all of the production for the Jumbos. His fielder's choice in the second scored Egan, who had been hit by a pitch. In the fourth, consecutive singles by Egan (two runs), sophomore LF Cody McCallum and Cutsumpas made it 2-0. A two-out double down the right field line by Cutsumpas in the sixth scored sophomore SS Matt Moser, who had hit a one-out single.
Chouinard was good for the Corsairs, pitching six innings giving up six hits and three runs. Junior CF Ryan Medeiros was 2 for 3 atop the UMD line-up.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 3:30 p.m. on April 22, when the Corsairs host Little East Conference rival Rhode Island College.
(Courtsey of Tufts University sports information)