April 9, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Living up to its namesake, MIT engineered a, 4-3, non-conference victory against NAIA opponent Fisher College on Wednesday at Briggs Field. Overcoming four errors and a quiet day at the plate, the Cardinal and Gray showed its resiliency by finding a way to win despite not playing its best baseball.
For the second consecutive day, the Engineers (10-10) were out-hit by their opponent, but took advantage of key opportunities en route to their sixth win in their last nine games.
Junior Stephen Toth started on the hill for MIT and turned in a solid effort despite a rocky second inning. Back-to-back walks and a wild pitch to lead off the stanza put two Fisher (13-13) runners in scoring position while both free passes resulted in runs after run-scoring singles by Edwin Pena and Eddy Delcarmen.
Both Toth and Falcons' starter Zach Thompson settled down after the bumpy frame and kept the offenses at bay for the rest of the afternoon. Toth came out of the game after completing the sixth, giving up two earned runs and striking out four while ending his day in line for the victory.
Thompson, who tossed 6.2 innings with five strikeouts, yielded two more runs against the Engineers to endure the loss, although MIT's last two runs were both unearned.
MIT took the lead in the fifth off an RBI single to left center by Stewart Park with two outs. Brown swiped one his two bases on the day prior to Park's hit to set up the score.
Junior Matt Loper took over on the mound for MIT in the seventh. Loper, who entered the game with opponents hitting just .174 in his three previous appearances, surrendered a lead-off double down the third-base line to Anthony Perry, who scored on Jose Diaz's sacrifice fly to deep center.
The Engineers moved back in front in the bottom of the seventh as Brown capitalized on a lead-off walk and two errors to score the eventual game-winner. After pitching to four batters in a scoreless eighth, Loper (2-0) turned the game over to senior Jay Turner, who threw a 1-2-3 ninth en route to the save.