April 28, 2011

Baseball Stifled by UMass Boston

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On a rainy Briggs Field, MIT was only able to collect four hits and one unearned run and lost to UMass Boston by a 6-1 score. The Beacons peppered 11 hits and got seven scoreless innings from their starter Patrick Noble to beat the Engineers in non-conference baseball in a game that included close to a half hour rain and lightning delay.

The game was scoreless until the top of the sixth inning when the Beacons loaded the bases against MIT pitcher Henry Zhu and left fielder Nick Grassetti took a walk, one of his two walks and two RBIs on the day. In the seventh, UMass Boston extended their lead with two more runs against Cameron Browne, as MIT used nine pitchers in a bullpen day.

MIT got a run back in the bottom of the eighth when second baseman Jonathan Rea walked and advanced to third on a stolen base and a throwing error by catcher Tyler Kapulka before scoring on a sacrifice fly by center fielder Brian Doyle.

The four batters at the top of the Beacons lineup collected seven hits while scoring six runs and knocking in two. The top three batters, Mike Mattei, Mark McCormack and Ryan Walsh delivered back-to-back-to back doubles in the top of the ninth inning to plate two runs and extend the lead to 5-1. A Grassetti sacrifice fly drove in the sixth Beacons run.

Noble threw seven innings of 3-hit ball for UMass Boston, walking three and striking out the same number. Tim Wilson falls to 0-1 for the Engineers, allowing two runs on two hits without being able to record an out. Chris Vaughan, the MIT starter was the only pitcher to throw a 1-2-3 inning for the hosts.

MIT falls to 20-11 after finishing their conference schedule with a 12-6 mark. They now prepare for the second half of the NEWMAC tournament, which was moved to this weekend due to rain. The Engineers will play an elimination game against Babson on Saturday. That game will be at 12:00 PM on the campus of Wheaton College, with the winner advancing to an afternoon game against Wheaton.

UMass Boston sees their record even at 15-15, and holds a 6-4 Little East conference ledger. They will host a conference doubleheader on Saturday against Plymouth State, with the first game starting at 4:00 PM.