Medford, Mass. – Tufts starting pitcher Kyle Slinger tossed a complete game two-hit shutout to lead the No. 18 Jumbos past Trinity, 5-0, in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East Division baseball action on Friday afternoon at Huskins Field. Tufts improves to 18-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play with their 10th straight victory, while the Bantams move to 8-13 on the season and 2-5 in league tilts.
Slinger is now 6-0 on the mound and lowered his earned run average to 0.66. He struck out seven, walked three and allowed just three Trinity base-runners to advance past first. He got 10 outs on the ground. Trinity sophomore outfielder Mackenze Genauer (Montclair, N.J.) led off the game with a walk, but Slinger picked him off to take the wind out of the Bantams sails.
Offensively, Tufts took advantage of seven walks and two hit-batters by Bantam pitchers. The Jumbos scratched their first run across without a hit in the second. Junior rightfielder James Howard was hit by a pitch with one out, moved to third on a pair of walks and scored on a grounder by freshman Tom Petry.
Trinity freshman shortstop Nick DiBenedetto (Fort Myers, Fla.) doubled with two outs in the third to be the first Bantam in scoring position. However, Slinger left him by retiring Genauer with a fly out to right.
Starter Sean Meekins (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) kept the margin at 1-0 for the Bantams into the fifth, but the Jumbos were able to score another in that frame. Junior centerfielder Connor McDavitt led off with a single through the left side. He was sacrificed to second by junior Nick Barker, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a two-out single up the middle by Max Freccia.
The Jumbos scored three in the sixth for some breathing room. Meekins walked the first three batters and was pulled. Reliever David O'Brien (Fairfield, Conn.) struck out McDavitt, but then walked Barker for a run. Wade Hauser followed with a two-run single up the middle for a 5-0 Tufts lead.
Trinity put runners on first and second in the seventh inning after a walk to junior firstbasemen Bryan Wolfe (La Habra Heights, Calif.) and a single by Scott Huley (Greenwich, Conn.), but Slinger kept them off the board with a pop up. He recorded 1-2-3 innings in the eighth and ninth for the shutout.
Meekins dropped to 1-2 with the loss, allowing five runs on just three hits but with six walks in 5.1 innings. Freshman Chris Gallic (North Shore, N.Y.) was good out of the bullpen for Trinity, finishing the game with two no-hit, no-run innings including three K's.
The three-game conference series will continue Saturday, Apr. 12 with a doubleheader beginning at noon.