April 19, 2007

Clark Rallies Past MIT With Five Runs In the Ninth

April 19, 2007

Box Score

WORCESTER, Mass. - Clark University scored five runs in the ninth inning off previously undefeated hurler Jay Turner as the Cougars rallied for a 9-4 victory against MIT in a key NEWMAC tilt. Originally scheduled for Cambridge, Thursday's game was moved to Worcester following heavy rains earlier in the week.

After spotting MIT (8-9, 4-5 NEWMAC) a four-run lead after three, Clark (10-15, 3-6) responded with nine unanswered runs. Trailing 4-2 in the seventh, junior Cole Osburn delivered a one-out RBI double to plate Gunner Hagstrom, who led off the frame with a walk. In the eighth, a one-out walk set up the game's tying run as senior Michael Pritchard smacked a double that was misplayed in center field. The extra base off the miscue enabled Hagstrom to cross the plate and knot the game at four heading into the ninth.

Clark, which scored seven of its nine runs on the afternoon after two outs, opened its last at bat with Hagstrom reaching after getting hit by a pitch. After a strike out, Osburn delivered his third double of the game. An intentional walk loaded the bases for lead-off hitter Matt Adams, who brought the game-winning run across the plate with a single. Junior Joe Silva and senior Nicholas Tapper followed with back-to-back two-run singles to break the game open and put an emphatic end to a three-game losing skid for the Cougars.

Sophomore Thomas Phillips powered most of Tech's attack on Thursday. After keying the first run of the game in the opening frame, Phillips crushed a three-run homerun to deep left center in the third to give the Cardinal and Gray its early advantage.

Steven Nunez finished 3-for-4 at the plate and scored two runs, while senior Jason Witzberger closed 2-for-4 with a run scored. MIT's 2-3-4 hitters combined to collect six of the Engineers' seven hits and accounted for all four runs.

Osburn served as Clark's top offensive threat, finishing 3-for-4 with three doubles and two RBI. Hagstrom reached base four times, adding a walk and a hit by pitch to his two-hit performance at the plate.

Junior Miles Whitlock earned the conference win after pitching the last three innings without yielding a hit. Turner, who entered the game for MIT in the eighth, was hit with his first loss of the campaign after a 4-0 start. Nunez started the game on the hill for the Engineers and pitched five solid innings, but was picked up after the fifth as Clark sliced the Tech lead in half during the top of the stanza.