SALEM, Mass. – Salem State University broke a 4-4 tie with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth and saw its bullpen hold MIT scoreless over the last three innings as the Vikings took an 8-5 non-conference baseball win this afternoon. Senior Brian Macomber (Los Altos, Calif.) and freshman Reid Bishop (Cypress, Texas) each had three hits to lead the 12-hit MIT offense.
With the score tied at 4-4 and one out in the bottom of the fifth, Salem State (16-5) started its two-run rally with a walk to Steve Buitkus (Reading, Mass.) and a single by Kevin Salines (Melrose, Mass.) before senior Chris Cocci (Wakefield, Mass.) drove a ball into the gap in right to score both runners.
MIT (9-10) came back within one at 6-5 in the top of the sixth when a single by sophomore Sean Karson (Winter Park, Fla.) brought home freshman Eben Bitonte (Wichita, Kan.) who had led off the inning with a double before moving to third on a wild pitch.
That would be as close as the Engineers could get, however, as the Vikings went on to add single runs in the sixth and eighth, both on wild pitches, that would be enough breathing room. Salem State's bullpen did the rest, with Matt Turmenne (Peabody, Mass.) throwing one scoreless inning before Mario Padovani (Lynnfield, Mass.) pitched the eighth and ninth innings to earn the save.
Salem State scored first in the game, picking up a pair in the first on an RBI double from Cocci and an Engineer error. MIT got on the board in the top of the third, taking the lead with three runs. With one down a Karson single was followed by an RBI double off the bat of freshman Karl Sorensen (Blacksburg, Va.). Bishop brought Sorensen around with an RBI single but was erased on the bases on a fielder's choice play by junior James McKinney (Wakefield, R.I.), who would eventually come around to score on a Viking error.
MIT's lead was short-lived, however, as Salem State came back in the bottom of the inning on a two-run double off the bat of Kyle McElroy (Newburyport, Mass.). The Engineers came back to tie the game at 4-4 on an RBI single from Macomber, but Cocci put the Vikings up for good with his triple in the bottom inning.
Salem State used six pitchers after starter Ryan Beliveau left after tossing two scoreless innings to open the game. Cory Collins (Winthrop, Mass.), who came into the game in the fifth, pitched one and one third innings of two-hit ball to earn the win. Sophomore Creed Mangrum (Sandy, Utah) started and took the loss for MIT, allowing five earned runs and eight hits over four and two-thirds innings.
MIT will play again tomorrow when it hosts Brandeis University at 3:30 p.m. on Briggs Field. Salem State's next game will be home against the University of Southern Maine on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.