Bridgewater State upends Tufts
Batista tosses complete game shutout to lead Bears to victory
HARWICH, Mass. -- Ian Williams had two hits, including a two-run home run, to power No. 8-seeded Bridgewater State to a 4-0 upset victory Wednesday against top seed Tufts in Game 2 of the 2011 NCAA Division III New England Regional Baseball Championship at Whitehouse Field.
The Bears (24-15) led 2-0 after the top of the first inning before Williams deposited a pitch on a 2-2 count over the left-center field fence in the third inning, providing for the final margin of victory. He finished with three runs batted in.
That was more than enough offense for Bridgewater starter Corey Batista (7-2), who threw his ninth complete of the season. He walked one, struck out seven and scattered six hits to earn his fifth shutout.
Eric Weikert led the Jumbos (26-8-1) with two hits and Ian Goldberg, Chase Rose, Frank Petroskey and Nate Izzo had one each.
Starter Derek Miller (3-2) gave up four runs in three innings and took the loss for Tufts, which is ranked No. 15 nationally in the ABCA coaches’ poll. Christian Sbily relieved Miller in the fourth and kept the Jumbos in the game by pitching 5-2/3 scoreless innings. He allowed just two hits and retired 15 of 18 batters at one point.