Jindra Dominant as Engineers Use Big First Inning to Beat Clark
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Kiel Jindra pitched eight stellar innings and MIT scored four runs in the first inning on Friday to take the first game of their New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) series against the Clark Cougars by a 7-1 margin at Briggs Field.
Jindra allowed just four hits and an unearned run while striking out five batters, as he improves to 3-1 on the season. Henry Zhu pitched a perfect ninth inning in a non-save situation.
Clark made two of their four errors on consecutive plays in the first inning and the Engineers made them pay. Dan Hyatt had an RBI groundout and first baseman Ricardo Perez hit a two run single to cap the four run inning.
MIT collected seven hits in the contest, two from senior right fielder Ryne Barry, who also scored a run in the fourth inning on an RBI groundout by second baseman Jonathan Rea. Rea scored twice himself and also stole a bag.
MIT added single runs in the seventh, on an RBI double by designated hitter Grant Iwamoto and in the eighth, an unearned run scored by Perez.
The Cougars got their one run in the second inning when Nicholas Kellogg crossed the plate on an error. Kellog was one of four Cougars to have single hits on the afternoon, along with Peter Lewis, Andrew Agostini and Brian Sullivan.
Derek Dubois allowed six runs over seven innings for Clark, but was not helped by his defense, as three runs were unearned. He let up all seven of MIT's hits and walked two but also struck out six Engineers.
MIT pushes its conference record to 11-5 in its quest to sweep the series and claim the top spot in the NEWMAC. Their overall record stands at 17-8. Clark falls to just below .500 at 14-15, while their conference record dips to 4-12. The teams will play their final conference games tomorrow in a doubleheader at Clark, starting at 12:00 PM.