May 1, 2010

Baseball Splits with No. 25 Trinity

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On Saturday, the MIT baseball team faced off against No. 25 Trinity College (Conn.) in a non-conference doubleheader on Briggs Field. After Trinity took the first game, 6-3, the Engineers responded to win the second, 7-2, snapping a four-game losing streak. With the split, the Engineers’ record moves to 12-15 while the Bantams are now 17-10 on the year.

In game one, MIT jumped on the board in the first inning, pairing a double by junior William Blackman with a single by classmate Dan Hyatt to put one run on the board.

Trinity responded in the second, as first-years Brad Runowicz and Joe Papa led the inning with hits before senior Stephan Bernstorf brought both home with a single to right center. Later, first-year Evan Sternberg snuck home on a delayed double steal, putting the Bantams up, 3-1.

In the fourth inning, Trinity opened the lead to 4-1 when Runowicz walked to get on base and Bernstorf tallied his third RBI with a single to center field.

The Bantams struck again in the fifth inning. Seniors Matt Sullivan and James Wood reached base and advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. Runowicz notched a pair of RBI’s for himself, singling through the right side to bring the score to 6-1.

MIT recorded three hits in the sixth, beginning with singles by Hyatt and freshman Ricardo Perez. Junior Brian Doyle hit an RBI-double to left center to narrow the deficit to 6-2.

The Engineers scored again in the seventh with another double from Blackman and one from Hyatt, his third hit of the game. Despite its efforts, MIT was unable to close the gap further and gave up the first game, 6-3.

Junior Andrew Janiga (3-1) pitched the full 7-inning game for the Bantams, logging 10 strikeouts, 4 walks and 8 hits on the day. MIT sophomore Torre Swanson (1-4) was hit for the loss, dropping 6 earned runs with 4 strikeouts and 5 walks in 5 innings on the mound. Sophomore Columbus Leonard closed for the Cardinal and Gray, throwing 1 strikeout and 1 walk in 2 scoreless innings.

Trinity was the first to score in game two, as Wood flew a shot over the right field wall for his eleventh homer of the season, putting the Bantams in front, 1-0.

In the second inning, MIT freshman Grant Iwamoto and sophomore A.J. Hansborough led off with hits before Doyle batted in a run with a single to center field and freshman Sean Fannin hit an RBI-single to left, giving Tech a 2-1 lead.

The Bantams evened the score in the third when senior Jack Abbott singled to get on base and worked his way around to third. Wood picked up his second RBI of the game with a sacrifice-fly to left, leveling the game at 2-2.

In the fourth, senior Stewart Park and freshman James McKinney recorded hits for MIT, as the Engineers scored two more to retake the lead at 4-2.

Iwamoto, Doyle, Fannin and Park tallied hits in the sixth for MIT, bringing home three more runs, widening the lead to 7-2.

The Bantams’ rally was limited to just two hits in two scoreless innings, as MIT closer Cameron Brown held off Trinity’s final eight batters to clinch the win for the Engineers, breaking a string of four straight losses, dating back to April 18.

Freshman Max Ockner (3-1) threw 5 strikeouts with 0 walks and 2 runs over 5 innings to secure the win for MIT. Four different pitchers took the hill for the Bantams, with sophomore Angus Anderson (0-1) taking the loss, having suffered 2 walks and 2 runs (1 earned) in 2.2 innings of duty.

The Engineers are at home again on Sunday, May 2, when they host the Lancers of Worcester State College at 1 p.m. The Bantams will continue on the road on Sunday, traveling to face Wesleyan in a doubleheader beginning at noon.