Engineers Look Strong in Doubleheader Sweep of Coast Guard

April 13, 2009

Box Score - Game 1
Box Score - Game 2

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Freshman Torre Swanson and sophomore Ryne Barry delivered tremendous starts on the mound for MIT and the Tech bats enjoyed an equally-effective afternoon, as the Engineers dropped NEWMAC rival Coast Guard in a pair of conference games on Monday at Briggs Field. Thomas Phillips drove in a career-high seven runs to pace an 18-1 victory for the Cardinal and Gray in game one, while the Engineers hung on for a 7-4 win in the nightcap.

Mike Ahlin endured a tough loss for the Bears (6-18, 2-7 NEWMAC) in the first game, as the Coast Guard defense committed eight errors. After Creed Mangrum doubled with one out in the first inning of the opener, he scored on Dan Hyatt's single through the left side. Phillips followed with an RBI single to center, and later scored on a single to center by Steven Nunez to give MIT a 3-0 lead after one.

MIT (14-8, 5-4) broke open the battle with 10 runs in the second inning, although three miscues resulted in eight of the runs being unearned. Phillips provided the biggest hit of the frame with a two-out grand slam to left field. Unable to secure the last out of the frame, Brian Doyle and David Nole added run scoring singles while Stewart Park brought in the last two runs of the stanza with a double to left center.

Phillips added a solo homerun down the left field line, his 10th of the season, with one out in the third to extend the advantage to 14-0.

Nic Freburg enabled Coast Guard to get on the board in the fourth after leading off the inning with a double. Advancing to third on a wild pitch, Freburg crossed the plate after Eddie Kalankiewicz reached on an error.

The Engineers added two runs in the fourth and fifth innings to account for the final score.

Phillips finished 3-for-3 in the opener with two homeruns, three runs scores and seven runs batted in. Hyatt, Nunez, Kenneth Lin, Doyle and Nole collected two hits a piece, while every starter picked up a hit. Park added three RBI out of the lead-off spot.

Swanson was terrific in moving to 4-0 to start his collegiate career. The rookie righty scattered four hits, surrendered no earned runs, and struck out a career-high nine batters en route to his second consecutive complete-game victory. Ahlin (1-7) was dealt the loss after giving up seven earned runs in 3.1 innings of work.

MIT jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning of game two as Park connected on a run-scoring single to center and Mangrum brought home two more with a double to left center. Mangrum was caught in a run-down between second and third after trying to extend the knock to a triple.

Coast Guard reduced the deficit to 3-2 in the fourth as Brian Yurovich singled home two runs with a rip to center.Kalankiewicz walked to lead off the frame while Keith Laird followed with a double to left center.

William Blackman and Lin authored RBI singles for MIT in the fifth, while Blackman singled home another run in the seventh.

Trailing 6-2 in the eighth, Coast Guard took advantage of three straight walks after a one-out start to the inning and closed the gap to two following a two-run double to left center by John Jeffares.

The Engineers added another run in the bottom half of the inning, while rookie pitcher Columbus Leonard closed the door en route to his first career save.

Barry (2-1) secured the win for MIT after yielding two earned runs and four hits through seven innings. Jesse Karr worked seven strong innings for Coast Guard, but saw his record fall to 1-3 on the year.