May 6, 2007

Baseball Gets Past Suffolk, 8-5

May 6, 2007

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Junior Rich Kosoglow capped his third year donning the Cardinal and Gray with the best start of his career as he allowed only one earned run in a completing-game victory for MIT. The Tech bats also orchestrated several key hits against Suffolk staff ace Reid Jackson and the Engineers hung on to defeat the Rams, 8-5.

Suffolk (21-13) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first behind a run-scoring single by Tom Kelly and an error on a stolen base attempt, but the Engineers (17-16) quickly leveled the score with two runs in the second. Freshman Stewart Park sparked the attack with a bloop double in shallow left center that scored Stephen Toth. During the ensuing at bat, Park advanced to third on a wild pitch before coming home on an errant throw to the third base.

Anthony Iacopucci plated Suffolk's second run of a two-run third with a single to left field, although both of the Rams' runs in the frame were unearned as the MIT infield committed two errors against successive batters early in the inning.

Trailing 4-2, MIT scored four times in the bottom half of the third and grabbed a lead it wouldn't relinquish for the rest of the afternoon. Thomas Phillips and David Nole opened the inning with back-to-back doubles, while Steven Nunez drove home a run after lining a single to right center. Like Kosoglow, Jackson's effort on the mound was hampered by costly infield mistakes which resulted in only two earned runs for MIT on the day.

Centerfielder Jeison King used good base running to secure another run for the Rams. With one out in the fourth, King singled to right. He then stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Kevin Silva, who had a great day at the plate and finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored, singled to right field to plate King.

After the fourth, Kosoglow (2-1) proved to be incredibly effective against the Suffolk lineup as he allowed just two base runners the rest of the way. The junior righty scattered eight singles and struck out three while only walking one. Jackson (6-2) was shouldered with only his second loss of the season after allowing two earned runs in seven innings pitched.

Ahead 6-5, the Engineers put the game out of reach as sophomore Matt Loper smacked a two-run bomb over the fence in right center. Loper finished 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Nunez and Phillips also sacked a pair of hits, while Kelly was the only other Suffolk player to score a multi-hit game after closing 2-for-4 from the clean-up spot.