UMass Boston Stuns MIT, 8-6
April 30, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMass Boston used six different pitchers to keep the MIT bats at bay while Ryan Walsh paced UMB’s attack with four hits, as the Beacons toppled the Engineers, 8-6, at Briggs Field.
MIT (23-12) managed just four hits, a season-low for a club that entered Thursday’s action batting .340 as a team. UMass Boston Starter Dave Gambill surrendered one earned run in two innings of work while Alex Simas tossed the next two frames without allowing a run en route to the win. Anthony Lauretto covered the last 1.1 innings to pick up his third save of the season.
The Beacons (17-20) jumped on MIT with four unearned runs in the top of the second. Mark McCormick singled through the right side to drive home two runs, while Walsh plated another run with a double down the left-field line. MIT, which committed four errors during the tilt, surrendered all four runs following a miscue on a ground ball to third.
Kenneth Lin grabbed a run back for the Engineers in the bottom of the second with a single through the left side that scored Steven Nunez. The Cardinal and Gray inched closer in the third after scoring another run despite no hits. Dan Hyatt brought in Park, who had two steals on the day, on a ground out to second.
Ahead 4-2, UMass Boston posted a three-spot in the top of the fourth. Dan Noonan connected on a run-scoring single to center field while Eric Salvador added two runs with a double to right.
After the Beacons scratched together another run in the fifth, MIT responded with two scores of its own to cut into the lead. The Engineers took advanatage of three walks and a wild pitch to get on the board while David Nole singled to right to reduce the lead to 8-4.
MIT tested the Beacons’ pitching depth and flirted with the lead after scraping together two more runs in the eighth. With two outs, Lin reached on an error, Brian Doyle walked, and Bryan Macomber singled through the right side. With the bases loaded, Park earned an RBI after getting hit by a pitch. After UMass Boston made a pitching change, a wild pitch enabled Doyle to cross the plate and put two runners in scoring position. Despite the rally, UMass Boston got out of the jam with a ground ball to second base.
The Engineers used five pitchers on Thursday with freshman Chris Hendrix (2-1) taking the loss. After a bumpy 4 ½ innings, Ryne Barry, Torre Swanson, and Creed Mangrum scattered three singles the rest of the way.