Turner's Complete-Game Shutout Lifts MIT Over Coast Guard, 2-0
April 6, 2007
NEW LONDON, Conn. - Junior righthander Jay Turner tossed the first complete-game shutout of his career as MIT topped Coast Guard, 2-0, in pitching-fueled NEWMAC battle. Turner scattered six hits while walking one and striking out three in leading MIT to its first-ever 3-0 start in league play.
Cold weather hampered the offensive efforts of both teams in the single-game makeup. Although the Engineers managed just three hits against Coast Guard's Jacob Pitchford, they made sure that each one counted. MIT (6-4, 3-0) broke a scoreless tie with an unearned run in the sixth as David Nole reached on a lead off error, one of five errors for the Bears in the game, and scored on an RBI double by Kevin Wheeler. The Engineers added a run in the eighth as Steven Nunez drew a two-out walk and scored on an RBI double by Chris D'Annunzio.
Coast Guard (7-10, 2-3) had a chance to rally in the bottom of the eighth after loading the bases with one out, but Brian Lisko lined into a double play to end the inning.
Adam Reckley (2-for-4) had two of the Bears' six hits on the afternoon and was the only multiple hitter in the game. Pitchford (2-2) was the tough-luck loser on Friday as he also went the distance allowing just three hits and one earned run, while walking three and striking out seven.
Turner (2-0) orchestrated his second complete-game effort of the season. Despite making 14 starts prior to the 2007 season, the MIT hurler had never finished a game. This season, Turner has already fired two in as many starts and the Engineers have ended up in the win column in both games.