MEDFORD, Mass. – Tufts' big six-run first provided the hosts with a lead that they would never relinquish as the Jumbos handled UMass Dartmouth, 9-4, in non-conference play at Huskins Field on Tuesday afternoon.
How it Happened
- The hosts sent 11 batters to the plate in the opening inning with the big bops coming from sophomore Kyle Cortese (Billerica, Mass.) and senior Will Shackelford (Orleans, Mass.), who each split the gap for two-run doubles (6-0).
- Junior Mike Knell (Dennis, Mass.) answered in his team's next turn at the dish by depositing a leadoff solo shot to left for his sixth homer of the season (6-1).
- Cortese encored his first plate appearance with another two-bagger in the second to plate senior Casey Santos-Ocampo (Naples, Fla.) to restore the difference back to six (7-1). The second-year Jumbo then came around to score on freshman Peter DeMaria's (Chatham, N.J.) RBI single up the middle (8-1).
- The visitors threatened in the third on three straight singles from freshman Jon Candiales (Attleboro, Mass.), senior Chris Wood (Berkley, Mass.) and junior JR DiSarcina (Barnstable, Mass.) to load the bases. Two came across and scored on sophomore Tucker Hetherman's (Webster, Mass.) fielder's choice, helping the Blue and Gold chip away at the deficit (8-3).
- Junior Nick Andrews (Raynham, Mass.) walloped his first NCAA homerun as he took Tufts starter Lucas Gustavson's (Ashland, Mass.) offering over the left field wall to make it a four-run game in the fourth (8-4).
Inside the Numbers
- The two-three-four hitters in Jumbo junior Justin Mills (Highland Park, Ill.), Santos-Ocampo, and Cortese combined for three hits, six runs, four walks, and four RBI.
- Corsair senior Pat Vartanian (Canton, Mass.) laced his team-leading ninth double of the season. DiSarcina and sophomore Nate Tellier (Attleboro, Mass.) are tied for second (7).
- Tufts featured five different pitchers on the mound with each collecting at least a strikeout.
- Gustavson earned the victory after facing 22 batters over five innings, surrendering six hits, four runs, and a pair of solo dingers.
Tufts tangles with Colby on Friday at 4 p.m. for the first battle of a road three-game weekend series against the Mules. Head Coach Bob Prince's unit next takes to Western New England on Thursday for a 3:30 p.m. non-league clash.
(Recap, photo by: Kyle Diangkinay '19, Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant)