NESCAC Game 4: Middlebury 5, Tufts 1

NESCAC Game 4: Middlebury 5, Tufts 1

Courtesy of Colby Sports Information| Photo Credit: Dean Denis

WATERVILLE, Maine - Colin Waters pitched 6.1 strong innings to earn the win and Conor Himstead earned his eighth save of the season with a fine relief outing in Middlebury College's 5-1 win over Tufts University in the fourth game of the NESCAC Baseball Championships on Saturday at Colby College.

The Panthers, the NESCAC West top seed, improved to 22-14 and moved into Sunday's championship game at 9 a.m.
Waters struck out three, walked three, and gave up six hits to improve his record to 3-3. Himstead did not allow a hit over 2.2 innings, struck out one, and walked none. 
The Jumbos, the top-ranked team in the NESCAC East, led 1-0 after three innings. The Panthers scored twice in the fourth inning and added lone runs in the fifth, eighth, and ninth innings.
Sam Graf had two hits, two runs, and drove in two runs for the Panthers. Andrew Hennings also scored twice and added two hits, while Ryan Rizzo and Brooks Carroll each had two hits.
Nick Falkson had the lone run and had two hits for the Jumbos. He doubled to left field to lead off the second inning and scored on Harry Brown's single to right field.
The Panthers got the offense in gear in the top of the fourth inning. Hennings singled to left field, Jason Lock was hit by a pitch, and Graf singled to left field to tie the game at 1-1. The Jumbos were able to get two straight outs, but Raj Palekar had a clutch single to left field to score Graf for a 2-1 margin.
In the fifth inning, Rizzo led off with a single and advanced to third on a single to center by Hennings. After a Jumbo pitching change and a double play on a line out, Graf doubled to left center to bring in Hennings with the third run.
Graf made more noise in the top of the eighth inning by leading off with a walk and then a steal of second base. Jusin Han had an infield single to push Graf to third base. Alan Guild lofted a sacrifice fly to right center to bring in Graf for a 4-1 margin.
Carroll singled to lead off the top of the ninth inning, stole second base, and later stole third with two outs. His hustle paid off when he scored on a wild pitch for the final run.


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