Baseball Moves to 5-0 Following Tuesday's 10-1 Win at Averett

DANVILLE, Va. – Senior pitcher Speros Varinos allowed one run in seven innings while senior 2B Tom Petry stayed hot offensively as the Tufts University baseball team improved to 5-0 with a 10-1 victory at Averett University on Tuesday afternoon.

Mike McLaughlin scored two runs and had an rbi

Petry finished 2 for 6 with two runs batted in and two runs scored atop the Jumbo batting order. Junior LF Mike McLaughlin went 2 for 4 with two runs and an rbi, and sophomore shortstop Will Shackelford finished 2 for 5 with a run and an rbi.

The Jumbos wasted no time building a big lead. They scored three times in the first inning after Petry led off the game with a single. After walks to Oscar Kutch and Tommy O'Hara, the first two runs came across on a fielder's choice by senior 1B Nick Falkson and an error on the play. A single by Casey Santos-Ocampo scored Falkson.

Petry's one-out single in the second gave Tufts a 4-0 advantage. McLaughlin led off the inning with a double and scored on the play.

The Jumbos rallied for four runs after two were out in the third. Santos-Ocampo walked and stole second. He scored on McLaughlin's single. After a walk to sophomore catcher Eric Schnepf, Shackelford singled home McLaughlin. Shackelford stole second and then both he and Schnepf scored on an Averett error.

The Jumbo defense turned three double plays in the first four innings to erase Cougar base-runners. Averett had five hits through four innings, but nothing to show for it. Then in the fifth they had a hit by pitch and a walk, but Varinos was able to keep them from scoring.

The hosts broke through with a run on two hits in the sixth. With two outs, Corey Wall walked and then scored when Matt Tuggle doubled to left.

After leaving the bases loaded in the eighth, Tufts padded their lead with two runs after two were out in the ninth. Petry reached on an error and scored on a double to right-center by Stefan White. Pinch-hitter Christian Zazzali brought White around with a single to center.

Senior Charlie McQuinn finished up for Varinos, pitching two strong innings allowing a hit and no runs with two Ks.

Averett (5-19) finished with nine hits, led by three from Chase McKinney and including two each by Corey Wall and Trey Wall. Chris Campbell took the pitching loss, giving up five hits and seven runs (five earned) in 2.2 innings. Dillon Roberts had a solid outing in middle relief going 4.1 innings allowing four hits and one unearned run.

The Jumbos travel to Methodist tomorrow for a 4 p.m. start. Averett is off until Friday when they begin a USA South weekend series at Greensboro College.

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