April 3, 2007
Courtesy Brandeis Sports Information
WALTHAM, Mass. - Brandeis University junior lefthander Tyler Robinson struck out a career-high 13 batters in 8 1/3 innings of work today as the Judges defeated visiting MIT, 3-2, in a non-conference baseball showdown on Stein Diamond.
Brandeis (8-7) fell behind early, as MIT (5-4) scored an unearned run in the top of the second without a hit. Sophomore David Nole was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. He moved to second on Robinson's only walk of the day and was at third after a Brandeis error loaded the bases, when Robinson uncorked a wild pitch that gave the Engineers the lead.
The Judges answered in the bottom of third inning. With one out, rookie James Likis singled to left. One batter later, Likis stole second. Sophomore Mike Alfego brought him home with a double to left, and senior Ben Dashefsky gave Brandeis the lead with single back through the middle. After a wild pitch and a walk put runners on first and second, senior Jon Winston doubled to deep center field to plate what would prove to be the winning run.
MIT got one run back in the next half inning. Nole was the catalyst again, reaching second on a dropped fly ball to lead off the frame. He moved to third on a long fly ball by Kevin Wheeler and came home on a single back through the box by sophomore Steven Nunez. Robinson shut down the Engineers after that, allowing just one more base runner until the ninth inning. MIT sophomore reliever Stephen Toth was effective as well, retiring 12 of the 14 batters he faced in four inning of work while striking out five.
The Engineers had a chance to win the game in the ninth when sophomore Thomas Phillips singled to lead off the frame. After MIT bunted Phillips to second, Brandeis coach Pete Varney summoned sophomore James Collins from the pen. Collins induced a grounder to short, but an error put runners on the corners with one out. The right-hander was able to pick up his fourth save of the season when a suicide squeeze attempt was popped back to the mound for a 1-3 double play.
Robinson was the star for the Judges, allowing just four MIT hits and two unearned runs in 8.1 innings of work to improve to 3-2. His 13 strikeouts featured five frames with at least two whiffs, including striking out the side in the second. His previous career-high was 10, last April 26 against UMass-Boston.
There were no multiple hitters in the game and doubles by Alfego, Winston and senior Zach Golden were the only extra-base hits. MIT sophomore Kevin Foley suffered the loss in his first decision of the season. He went four innings, giving up three runs on five hits. Foley walked a batter and had no strikeouts. Senior Jason Witzberger stole second base after a single in the first inning to give MIT a stolen base in its seventh straight game.