Baseball Wins Fifth Straight; Tops Eastern Nazarene, 8-5

April 15, 2009

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Creed Mangrum closed Wednesday afternoon’s tilt with four innings of near perfect ball, and helped himself by going 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBI to lead MIT to an 8-5 win over Eastern Nazarene College. The win marked the Engineers fifth in a row, including four consecutive victories at Briggs Field.

Entering the game in the top of the sixth with a 6-5 lead, Mangrum threw to one batter over the minimum as Justin Denbow picked up an infield single to lead off the seventh. The rookie reliever had four strikeouts including the final out of the game, while picking up his second save of the season. In the bottom of the seventh, Mangrum gave himself some cushion after driving in two runs with a double down the left-field line.

Mangrum doubled with one out in the top of the first and scored the opening run of the game on a double to left by Thomas Phillips. Steve Oehlschlaeger put the Crusaders (13-12) in front in the top of the second with a sacrifice fly before scoring on a wild pitch.

The Engineers (16-8) responded with five runs over the next two innings. David Nole and Brian Doyle plated runs with singles in the third, while Nole added a two-run single to center in the fourth.

Eastern Nazarene climbed back in the battle after scoring three unearned runs off starter Ryan Munoz in the fifth. Two runs scored on a throwing error by the shortstop, and Anthony Melendez made it a one-run game with a single through the right side.

Munoz (1-0) worked the first five innings, giving up two earned runs and seven hits en route to the win. ENC starter Jason Tower (1-1) suffered the loss after allowing six earned runs in four innings pitched.

The Engineers out-hit the Crusaders, 12-8, on the day, while Mangrum and Phillips each collected three hits. Nole finished 2-for-3 with three runs batted in.