|2011 NESCAC Baseball
|Hosted by Amherst College (American Int'l College - Springfield, Mass.)|
|Day One||Day Two
|Friday, May 13
||Saturday, May 14
||Sunday, May 15
|Game 1: E2 BOW 9 at W1 AMH 8
||Game 3: W1 AMH 7, vs. W2 MID 3
|Game 2: E1 TUF 14, vs. W2 MID 2
||Game 4: E1 TUF 4, vs. E2 BOW 2 (12)
||Tufts Awarded Championship
||Game 5: E2 BOW 6, vs. W1 AMH 5 (10)
Rain Forces Cancellation of Final Day of Baseball Championship - Tufts Awarded Title
AMHERST, Mass. – Rain won out on the final day of the NESCAC Baseball Championship, forcing the cancellation of the title game between Bowdoin and Tufts after it had been delayed by nearly three and a half hours.
Per conference rules, Tufts has been awarded the conference championship and will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
This is the second consecutive NESCAC title for the Jumbos, and the third overall crown for the program. Tufts' first title, in 2002, was awarded when the tournament could not be completed due to inclement weather.
Finally on the field following the delayed start, Tufts wasted no time getting on the board, pushing five across in the bottom half of the first before rain once again halted play. Senior David LeResche (St. Louis Mo.) led-off with an infield single to short before fellow senior David Orlowitz (Wakefield, Mass.) ripped a ball to right, putting two aboard. Bowdoin starter Evan Farley (Hampden, Maine) then hit junior Sam Sager (Cranston, R.I.), loading the bases for senior Chase Rose (Paradise Valley, Ariz.), who hammered a ground-rule double to center, plating LeResche and Orlowitz.
With the bases again full with just one out, freshman Nick Cutsumpas (White Plains, N.Y.) hit a grounder to third, pushing across another tally before sophomore Tom Howard (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) belted a bases-clearing, two-out double to right to extend the margin to five just prior to the stoppage.
The Jumbos, by virtue of their 2-0 mark heading into the final day of competition, captured their second consecutive conference crown despite today's rain-shortened affair. Tufts won its tournament opener against Middlebury College 14-2 on Friday afternoon, before defeating the Polar Bears 4-2 in yesterday's 12-inning affair. The Jumbos, now 26-7-1 overall, will receive the league's automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament. Bowdoin, which went 2-1 in the 2011 tournament with a loss to Tufts and a pair of wins over host Amherst College, sits at 24-14 overall on the year and will wait to hear about a possible at-large bid.
Tufts earned the 2011 crown based on its game four victory over Bowdoin on Saturday at Amherst. The Jumbos scored twice in the top of the 12th inning to break a 2-2 tie and went on to win, 4-2.
Day 3 - Sunday, May 15
Rained Out - Tufts Declared Champion
2011 NESCAC BASEBALL
Friday, May 13, through Sunday, May 15
The top two teams in each division shall qualify for the NESCAC Baseball Championship. The double elimination Championship will be hosted by the West Division winner beginning Friday, May 13 through Sunday, May 15. The tournament champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship.
Pairings will be announced at the conclusion of the regular season. The top two teams in each division shall qualify for the tournament and will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:
- NESCAC divisional games won
- NESCAC divisional winning percentage
- Head-to-head results
- Overall winning percentage
- Coin flip
Tournament Schedule (2 Field Format)
|Day 1: Friday, May 13|
|Game 1||3:00 p.m.||Field 1||West #1 vs. East #2|
|Game 2||3:00 p.m.||Field 2||East #1 vs. West #2|
|Day 2: Saturday, May 14|
|Game 3||10:30 a.m.||Field 2||Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2|
|Game 4||10:30 a.m.||Field 1||Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2|
|Game 5||2:30 p.m.||Field 1||Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4|
|Day 3: Sunday, May 15|
|Game 6||10:00 a.m.||Field 1||Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5|
If necessary, game 7 shall be played 30 minutes after conclusion of game 6 with the same two teams