April 30, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Heading into the final stretch of his collegiate career, senior Jay Turner continues to sharpen his game. On Wednesday, the recently named All-Conference pitcher hurled his second consecutive complete game, as MIT defeated NAIA opponent Fisher College, 3-1.
The mid-week non-conference tilt had all the makings of an excellent pitcher's duel as Turner and Fisher starter Evan Tardugno cruised through the first four frames. While Turner scattered two hits through the first four innings, Tardugno appeared even stronger as he was averaging just eight pitches per stanza while keeping the Tech bats completely at bay.
MIT (18-15) finally broke the deadlock in the fifth. Freshman Ryne Barry ignited a three-run inning for the Engineers by hustling out a double hit down the left-field line. Two batters later, Ben Bersanti lined a two-strike pitch between short and third to bring Barry across for the first score of the afternoon. The Cardinal and Gray picked up its second run following a double steal as an error by the catcher enabled rookie Dan Hyatt to walk home from third. Pinch-hitter Kevin Wheeler capped the scoring with an RBI single up the middle.
Fisher (18-17) stayed in contention by clubbing four of its seven hits in the seventh and eighth innings. Josh Valerio and Edwin Pena delivered back-to-back two-out singles in the seventh before Turner forced a fly-out to right to end the threat. In the eighth, Thomas Englehardt led off with a double to deep center, but scored unearned after an error at short. With one out and a runner on second in a two-run contest, Turner struck out the No. 5 hitter while Hyatt and Wheeler combined for a 2-5 caught stealing on an apparent hit-and-run.
Turner (3-4) gave up seven hits and one walk while striking out six. Tardugno also tossed a complete-game, but endured the loss after giving up five hits, three walks and two earned runs.