April 4, 2009

Two Fine Efforts, One Big Win for MIT Baseball at Babson

April 4, 2009

Box Score - Game 1
Box Score - Game 2

Courtesy Babson Sports Information

BABSON PARK, Mass. - Babson College sophomore Andrew Aizenstadt and MIT freshman Torre Swanson traded complete game gems for their respective teams as the Beavers and Engineers split a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader at Babson's Govoni Field on Saturday afternoon. With the split, the Beavers move to 11-9 overall and 3-4 in the NEWMAC, while MIT is now 11-7 overall and 2-3 in conference play.

Game one featured an outstanding pitchers' duel between Aizenstadt and MIT rookie Chris Vaughan. Aizenstadt went seven innings and allowed just one run on eight hits, walked one and struck out seven. The victory improved his season record to 3-1. Vaughan (1-3) suffered the loss despite allowing just two runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits, walking none and fanning four.

Babson scored the game's first run after two were out in the bottom of the first, as senior co-captain Jeff Wojnar doubled into the left field corner, moved to third on an error, and scored on an RBI single to left by freshman Travis Jonasson. The Beavers then tacked on a huge insurance run in the fourth when first-year Sean Cleary doubled to deep center and later scored on a two-out single up the middle by fellow rookie Billy Miller.

MIT finally broke through against Aizenstadt in the top of the sixth, as an infield hit by junior Stewart Park, a walk to freshman Creed Mangrum, and a single to center by senior Thomas Phillips loaded the bases with one out. Rookie Kenneth Lynn followed with a liner to shallow right that might have plated at least two, but rightfielder Miller made an outstanding sliding catch to limit the Engineers to just a sacrifice fly. Aisenstadt then escaped further damage by inducing an inning-ending fielder's choice grounder, and the sophomore righthander stranded two more runners on first and second in the seventh to finish off the 2-1 Babson victory.

Miller led Babson with two hits in the opener, while Park contributed two hits for MIT.

Game two saw Swanson (3-0) spin a complete game victory, allowing just one unearned run while scattering four hits and three walks over nine innings. The rookie righty struck out two in the win while pitching around five Engineer errors.

MIT grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second when senior Steven Nunez doubled, moved to third on a balk, and scored on a sac fly to center by Lin. The Engineers then added another run the following inning when sophomore Dan Hyatt was hit by a pitch, moved to third on a single by rookie Bryan Macomber, and scored on a single to left by Park.

That would prove to be enough for Swanson, who allowed just one unearned run in the bottom of the sixth. After surrendering only one infield hit to junior Peter O'Toole through the first five frames, the MIT righty gave up O'Toole's second infield safety to lead off the sixth. On the same play, the Babson junior was able to take second on a throwing error - a play that proved to be key two batters later when Jonasson laced an RBI single through the right side.

The Engineers put the game out of reach with two runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth. Senior David Nole accounted for the first run of the seventh when he homered over the wall in center, and sophomore Will Blackman drove in the other with a bases-loaded walk. Hyatt then singled in a run in the eighth to set up an RBI double by Macomber. That gave the visitors a comfortable five-run cushion, and Swanson allowed just one hit in the final three innings as MIT claimed the 6-1 win.

Nunez finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored in the nightcap for the Engineers, while Hyatt went 2-for-2 with three runs scored. Macomber also added two hits in the win, while O'Toole posted two of Babson's four hits in defeat.

Wojnar (1-2) started and took the loss in game two for the Beavers, giving up four runs on eight hits, walking three and striking out three in 6.2 innings.