Baseball Swept at Tufts

Freshman pitcher Kyle Hamel
Freshman pitcher Kyle Hamel

MEDFORD, MA-Host Tufts swept a non-conference doubleheader from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team at Huskins Field Monday. The Jumbos won the opener, 4-0, and the nightcap, 9-1.

Left-hander Kevin Gilchrist pitched a no-hitter for the Jumbos in the opener. He walked two batters, hit one and struck out four in the seven-inning contest and improved to 3-2 with the victory. The only Corsairs to reach base were senior left fielder Dan DeMello (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS), who walked in the second inning, senior shortstop John Granahan (Hanover, MA/Hanover HS/Southern Maine), who walked in the fourth, and freshman first baseman Alex Newton (Saco, ME/Thornton Academy), who was hit by a pitch in the fourth. After Newton was hit with one out, freshman right fielder Luke Bomback (Swansea, MA/Case HS) bounced into a fielder's choice, and DeMello flied out. Gilchrist retired the final 11 batters he faced.

The Jumbos took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on an RBI single by first baseman Matt Collins, added two in the fourth on a bases-loaded walk to center fielder Collin McDavitt and an infield grounder by shortstop Sam Sager, and added their final run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by designated hitter Max Freccia.   Kyle Hamel, who relieved starter John Connor in the first inning and finished the game, allowing all four runs, took the loss and dropped to 0-1.

In the nightcap, UMD senior left fielder Matt Worden (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) put the Corsairs on top in the top of the first inning with an infield grounder, but Tufts tied it in their half of the first on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Wade Hauser, then scored three times in the second inning and four more times in the fifth. They got three in the second on a bases-loaded walk to Collins and two wild pitches, McDavitt had a two-run single in the fifth, Collins singled home another run, right fielder Eric Weikert doubled home a fourth, and the final run scored on a wild pitch. Christian Sbily pitched the first six innings for Tufts and earned the win, improving to 3-3, while sophomore Tim Phillips (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge HS) started and took the loss for the Corsairs, falling to 0-1.

"We didn't hit the ball well all day," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Prince. "In the first game, their pitcher pitched well, threw strikes and changed speeds and got a lot of fly ball outs, and we didn't make the proper adjustments, Kyle Hamel did a nice job in relief in the first game, but otherwise, we didn't pitch well. I didn't like our energy in either game I know it's a non-conference doubleheader, but we didn't play well."

UMass Dartmouth dropped to 13-15, while Tufts improved to 15-8. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Rhode Island College Tuesday in a Little East Conference game.


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