Courtesy of Colby Sports Information | Photo Credit Dean Denis
WATERVILLE, Maine - Tufts University stayed alive in the NESCAC Baseball Championship by holding on for a 2-1 win over Amherst College in the fifth game of the double-elimination tournament on Saturday at Colby College.
The Jumbos (28-8-1 overall) will play Middlebury College in the sixth game of the tourney on Sunday at 9 a.m. The Panthers can win the NESCAC title with a victory. Tufts must win the game to force a final seventh game with Middlebury. Amherst was eliminated from the tourney with its second loss.
Sophomore pitcher R.J. Hall scattered six hits over seven innings, struck out three, and walked just one to earn the victory. Brad Marchetti picked up his second save by pitching the final two innings.
Amherst starter Sam Schneider was a tough luck loser after pitching very well. He allowed no earned runs in eight innings, gave up two hits, struck out five, and walked one.
Tufts made the lone extra base hit of the game count in the third inning. Tom Petry reached on an infield error to start the third. Eric Schnepf put down a sacrifice bunt to push Petry to second base. Will Shackelford walked to put two runners on, but Amherst did get the second out of the inning. After Oscar Kutch was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Tommy O'Hara doubled to right field to bring in Petry and Shackelford.
After Hall was lifted after seven innings, Amherst (20-16) was able to get its lone run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Max Steinhorn had an infield single and later moved to second on a wild pitch. Harry Roberson had another infield single, but Steinhorn was forced to stay at second. Steinhorn stole third base and then scored on Yanni Thanopoulos' fielder's choice on a ball hit to third base.
Marchetti had a ground out, strikeout, and fly ball out in the bottom of the ninth inning.