Engineers Shut Out at Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Springfield College scored a pair of unearned runs in the second inning and made it stand up as the Pride went on to take a 2-0 win over MIT in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball action. Senior Max Ockner (Chesterfield, Mo.) pitched a complete game for the Engineers, allowing just five hits while striking out six over eight innings.

Springfield (7-7, 2-4 NEWMAC) scored the only runs it would need in the second with the aid of a pair of MIT (7-6, 4-2 NEWMAC) errors. After the first batter reached on the first error, Dan Bergami followed with a base hit, with the second error allowing the runners to reach second and third. The Pride then proceeded to score their two runs without the benefit of another hit as Billy Paskowski drove one in with a groundout and Corey Wilcox brought home the other on a sac fly.

Both starting pitchers kept the offense in the game to a minimum, with Ockner not allowing more than one base runner on at a time after the second inning, retiring the side in order three times. Travis Lane started for Springfield and scattered six hits over seven innings while striking out two and walking a pair.

MIT put two runners on against Lane in the sixth, when freshman John Drago (Peoria, Ariz.) drew a walk and junior Hayden Cornwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) followed with a single. But Lane got out of the jam when he got the next batter to fly to right, with Drago being thrown out on the play trying to move to third.

In the eighth the Engineers saw seniors Jon Rea (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Creed Mangrum (Sandy, Utah) start the inning off with base hits, knocking Lane out of the game. Peter Baranski came on for Springfield and got the Pride out of the jam, retiring the next three hitters. He then went on to pitch a 1-2-3 ninth to record the save. 

Prior to the start of the game, MIT and Springfield completed the game that was suspended after 14 innings on March 25. The Pride came out on top in that one as well as Billy Peterson led off the 15th with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch, and came around to score on a one-out single to right off the bat of Wilcox. MIT loaded the bases with two down in the bottom half of the inning on a single, a hit batter and a walk, but Matt Butrym got the next hitter to ground out to end the game.

MIT will continue NEWMAC play this weekend when it takes on Emerson College in a three-game series. Game one will be played at MIT tomorrow starting at 3:30 p.m. with the Lions playing as the home team. The series will conclude on Saturday with a doubleheader on Briggs Field with MIT back as the home squad starting at Noon.