April 22, 2007
Courtesy WPI Sports Information
WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior Dan Mahoney smashed a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to help lift host WPI to a 2-1 victory over MIT on Sunday afternoon in a rare non-conference match-up between the two NEWMAC members.
The game was a pitchers' dual from the start as MIT's Stephen Toth and WPI's Brendan Devereaux posted goose eggs through the first six innings. The visitors found the scoreboard first with two outs in the seventh as freshman Deron Brown plated Paul Groudas with an RBI single just past the third baseman.
That seemed to be all that Toth would need as he retired the side in the bottom of the seventh and got the first two hitters in the eighth. Down to their final out of the inning, WPI's Cody McGregor collected his third hit of the game and moved to second with his second stolen base of the day. Then on a 2-2 pitch, Mahoney launched his team-leading fourth homer of the season over the fence in left field.
Devereaux scattered five hits, walked three and struck out four in seven innings. Alex Hansen tossed a scoreless eighth to improve to 2-2 on the season while classmate Thomas Whiting pitched the ninth to earn his third save. WPI was aided in the top of the ninth when catcher Matt Fiore pickoff off a runner on first with one out.
Toth went the distance for MIT, surrendering just six hits and three walks while collecting a pair of strikeouts. Despite the strong start, Toth falls to 0-2 on the season.
Both teams have non-conference contests early this week before opening up the NEWMAC Tournament with home games on Thursday. WPI (16-15), the second seed in the tournament, will host Becker on Tuesday at 4pm. MIT (10-11), the league's third seed will host Bates College at 3:30 p.m.