Engineers Split Sunday Doubleheader
April 13, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Senior Jay Turner turned in a complete-game effort without yielding any earned runs, as MIT ensured a split in its regular-season series against WPI with a 7-3 victory in game two of Sunday's twin bill at Briggs Field. WPI exploded for seven runs in its final at bat to power ahead to a 13-7 victory in game one.
In the nightcap, rookie Brian Doyle knocked home a run with a single to center field as MIT (11-11, 4-4 NEWMAC) moved ahead of WPI, 4-0, after four innings. Turner, who worked out of several tight spots, ran into some trouble in the sixth after an error on a ball hit between short and third. Capitalizing on the miscue, Jameson Kokolis plated two runners with a line-drive single to right field. Kokolis finished the second game 3-for-4 at the plate.
MIT extended its advantage over its NEWMAC rival in the bottom of the seventh. After two quick outs, Stewart Park singled before swiping second. Kevin Wheeler drew a walk to put two runners on, while Thomas Phillips cleared the bases with a double off the fence in left center.
Tech orchestrated another two-out run in the eighth with Doyle driving home fellow freshman Dan Hyatt with a single to left field.
Turner (1-3) delivered a terrific effort en route to his first win of the season. The senior captain scattered 11 hits while striking out four. Doyle, Phillips and rookie Ryne Barry each drove in two runs during the win.
Brian Duncan (2-3) shouldered the loss for WPI after tossing the first seven innings. Duncan surrendered five earned runs and nine hits.
WPI (13-14, 3-6) scored three runs in the first inning of the opener. Taking advantage of two walks and a double steal, WPI plated runs behind three straight singles. Scott McNee roped a base hit to left to ignite the scoring while Cody McGregor and Paul Galligan followed with run-scoring hits of their own.
MIT answered with two runs in the bottom of the second. Freshman Williams Blackman and junior David Nole put the Cardinal and Gray on the board after back-to-back doubles, and rookie Dan Hyatt drove home another score with an RBI single off the diving glove of second baseman Mark Dignum.
McNee singled and stole second to spark a two-run inning for WPI in the third. McGregor doubled to right center to chase MIT starter Cameron Brown while Ryan Rainone brought home WPI's fifth run with a sacrifice fly to left.
MIT's Matt Loper worked three strong innings in relief while Cambridge's Engineers made a bid to get back in the battle. Doyle singled down the left-field line and Park singled to right to set the stage for Phillips, who drove home both runners with a single to left field. Later in the frame, with runners at second and third and two outs, WPI starter Conor Fahey struck out Barry to secure the biggest out of the tilt.
Adding an RBI single to left center off the bat of pinch hitter Brandon Steacy in the sixth, WPI headed to the seventh with a 6-4 lead.
Worcester's Engineers put the first game out of reach after exploding for seven runs in their final at bat. Bryan Watkins and McGregor highlighted the big inning with two-run singles while Matt Moreau and McNee also picked up an RBI during the frame.
MIT scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh, including an RBI single by Barry, but it wasn't enough to provide a serious comeback threat.
Fahey went the distance in game one while improving his season record to 7-1. McNee finished 3-for-3 with a pair of runs, RBI and stolen bases while reaching base in all five of his plate appearances. McGregor closed 4-for-5 and drove home a game-high four runs.
Nole paced the MIT attack after finishing 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI.