MEDFORD - Four Tufts University pitchers allowed just one run in 14 innings as the Jumbo baseball team swept a non-league double-header from Lesley University 9-0 and 4-1 on Saturday afternoon at Huskins Field.
|Speros Varinos has won his first five starts for Tufts|
Senior tri-captain Speros Varinos allowed five hits and no runs in six innings while improving to 5-0 this season with the game-one win. Sophomore R.J. Hall pitched six innings allowing seven hits and one run for the decision in the second game. Freshman Brent Greeley and senior Rory Ziomek both pitched perfect innings in relief, with Ziomek recording three strikeouts in the seventh to earn the save in game two.
Junior 3B Tommy O'Hara was 2 for 5 with a double, a home run, five rbis and two runs scored in the twinbill for Tufts (14-2). His three-run home run in the bottom of the third of game two made the difference. Senior 2B Tom Petry scored three times and drove home two runs in the pair of games.
Lesley (11-6) was led by sophomores Ryan Pumphret and Nicholas Ferragine, who both had three hits on the day.
The Jumbos scored early in often in the opener. Senior 2B Tom Petry was hit by a pitch and scored on a fielder's choice by junior 1B Nick Falkson in the first. O'Hara's two-run double with two outs in the second highlighted a three-run frame. The Jumbos extended their advantage to 9-0 with five more in the third. Petry's two-run double down the left-field line was in the middle of it. He also scored on a wild pitch.
Varinos worked out of some early trouble. Lesley senior 3B Mike Slaby led off the game with a single to right and advanced to third on a stolen base and a wild pitch. Varinos got a groundball out to leave him there. In the second, the Lynx loaded the bases with singles by Jacob Cervantes and Ferragine surrounding a hit batter, but Varinos earned the final two outs by K. Those were the first two of 11 straight batters he would retire. A 1-6-3 double play in the sixth helped preserve the Tufts shutout. He struck out nine Lynx batters.
All of Tufts' six hits came against Lesley starter Tom Muratore, who also walked four and hit three batters. He took his first loss of the season, falling to 4-1. Lesley junior reliever Jeff Heinz for two innings and freshman Riley Golden for one did a nice job keeping the Jumbos off the scoreboard despite combining to hit four batters.
The Lynx jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second game as Ferragine led off the first with a double to left. He scored on a single by junior Justin Clark. The Lynx left the bases loaded against Hall.
The Jumbos scored all of their runs in the third. Senior SS Christian Zazzali and Petry singled and O'Hara soon followed with a three-run home run to left. Tufts started over and scored again on a single by junior DH Malcolm Nachmanoff, a walk to sophomore CF Casey Santos-Ocampo and an rbi single by junior LF Mike McLaughlin (2 for 3) that gave Tufts a 4-0 lead.
Hall allowed just a walk in the second through fourth innings. He withstood singles by Ferragine and Pumphret in the fifth, as well as a lead-off single by Vincent Taliercio in the sixth to hold the Tufts lead. He finished with seven strikeouts while improving to 2-0. Ziomek's save was his second.
Nick Iadevaio had a solid start in a losing effort for Lesley. He went six innings allowing seven hits and the four runs with two strikeouts and two walks. Both Ferragine and Pumphret had two hits in game two.
Tufts is back at it tomorrow when they host Keene State in non-league action at Huskins starting at 1 p.m. Lesley next plays on Monday at Eastern Nazarene.