April 16, 2012

Gilchrist Pitches No-hitter in Baseball's Double-header Sweep of UMass Dartmouth on Monday

Senior SS Sam Sager had four rbis in the double-header

MEDFORD - Senior pitcher Kevin Gilchrist (Medford, MA) threw a no-hitter in the Tufts baseball team's 4-0, seven-inning win against UMass Dartmouth in the first game of a double-header on Monday afternoon at Huskins Field.

Jumbo pitching allowed just four hits to the Corsairs overall, as sophomore Christian Sbily (Gaithersburg, MD) and freshman Willie Archibald (Milton, MA) combined on a four-hitter in game two's 9-1 seven-inning Jumbo win.

Gilchrist, who improved to 3-2 on the season, allowed two walks and hit a batter while striking out four in the game. It's the first no-hitter by a Jumbo pitcher since Jon Lee hurled the second of his career on March 29, 2003 against Bates. Gilchrist only allowed base-runners in the second and the fourth, and was assisted by a fine catch in the gap by freshman CF Connor McDavitt (Holden, MA) on Corsair CF Wayne Bolz (Billerica, MA) in the fifth.

After UMD freshman starter John Connor (Worcester, MA) hit two of the first three Tufts batters he faced, freshman Kyle Hamel (New Bedford, MA) came on and pitched decently for the visitors. He got out of the jam in the first, and went on to allow six hits and four runs (three earned) with two strikeouts and a pair of walks in 5.2 innings.

The Jumbos got on the scoreboard in the third after a lead-off double by McDavitt. He scored on a two-out single by senior 1B Matt Collins (Hopkinton, MA). Consecutive one-out singles by sophomore LF Nate Izzo (Saunderstown, RI) and sophomore DH Max Freccia (Stamford, CT) led to a pair of runs in the fourth. McDavitt forced one home with a walk and senior SS Sam Sager (Cranston, RI) produced the other on a fielder's choice. Collins led off the fifth with a single and eventually scored on Freccia's sacrifice fly for the fourth Tufts run.

Collins and McDavitt each had two of Tufts' six game-one hits.

UMass Dartmouth took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of game two. Sophomore 2B Bedward Ortiz (LaVega, DR) opened with a single and took second on a wild pitch. He later scored on a groundout by junior LF Matt Worden (New Bedford, MA).

Sager played a key role in Tufts scoring four times in the first two innings to take the lead for good. He led off the first with a single and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman 3B Wade Hauser (Palo Alto, CA). Sager also singled and scored in a three-run second, when two Tufts runs came home on wild pitches and the other scored on a bases-loaded walk.

Sbily cruised in the second through fifth innings, retiring 12 of the 13 batters he faced. The Jumbos added five runs in the fifth to lead 9-1. McDavitt had a two-run single and Collins doubled home a run in scored in the middle of it all.

In earning his third win, Sbily went six innings allowing three hits and a run with three strikeouts and a walk. Archibald wrapped up by striking out two in the seventh, allowing one hit.

Sager was 3 for 3 with three runs at the top of the Tufts order. McDavitt finished 1 for 4 with two runs and two rbis in the two-hole. Collins had two rbis and a run while going 2 for 3. Sophomore 2B Tim Mitropoulos (Winchester, MA) scored twice.

Freshman Andy Ekstrom (Millbury, MA) doubled in the sixth for UMD, their only extra-base hit of the day. Junior John Quigg (Weymouth, MA) pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Corsairs. Sophomore starter Tim Phillips (Uxbridge, MA) took the loss.

The Jumbos improved to 15-8 with the pair of wins. They travel to Bentley College for a single game on Thursday at 3:30 pm. UMass Dartmouth, now 13-15, plays a Little East game at Rhode Island College tomorrow at 3:30 pm.

Game 1 box score

Game 2 box score

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