Courtesy Williams Sports Information
PITTSFIELD, Mass. - In the possible final game of the 2009 season for both teams, Tufts University (18-18) used ten runs in the sixth and seventh innings to defeat Wesleyan Saturday morning. The game, a 15-10 marathon, saw a combined 25 runs and 35 hits from both teams.
Wesleyan got on the board first as first year Alex Meadow hit a sacrifice fly off of first year pitcher Chris DeGotti. The Jumbos, however, would answer with runs in the second and third on RBI singles by juniors Corey Pontes and Nate Bankoff to take a 2-1 lead.
After Wesleyan tied it in the fourth on a bases loaded walk by senior starting pitcher Drew Dominguez, the Jumbos exploded for three runs and four hits all with two outs to take a 5-2 lead after four.
It was 5-3 when the two teams combined to have one of the most exciting innings in NESCAC baseball history. Cardinal junior Brice Kelly doubled home two runs when sophomore centerfielder Ian Goldberg let the ball get by him on a diving attempt, and then senior Garrett Lamborn chased DeGotti with a towering two run homer to left to give the Cardinals an 8-5 lead.
In the bottom half, Dominguez would get the first two outs quickly but could not achieve that elusive third one. In a span of ten batters, the Jumbos would record four hits and be walked or hit by a pitch five times to score six runs.
After a scoreless seventh for the Cardinals, the Jumbos put the game away with four in the bottom half of the inning to take a 15-8 lead. Wesleyan would rally for two runs in the final two innings, but stranded a bases loaded situation in the ninth to end the game.
The top hitters for the Jumbos were Bankoff (4-6, 2 R, 2 RBI), senior Kevin Casey (3-5, 2 R, 3 RBI), sophomore Chase Rose (2-6, 2 R, 1 RBI), and first year Sam Sager (4-5, 2 R, 3 RBI). Sophomore Ed Bernstein pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief to pick up the win.
For Wesleyan, they end an impressive season with performances by Lamborn (2-3, 1 R, 2 RBI), Kelly (3-4, 1 R, 4 RBI), and sophomore Julian Sonnenfeld (3-6, 3 R).
Tufts now moves on to face Williams College in an elimination Game 5 later today in Williamstown.