Late Rally Salvages Doubleheader Split For Engineers At WPI
April 14, 2007
Courtesy WPI Sports Information
WORCESTER, Mass. - MIT scored eight runs over the final three innings to help rally for an 11-9 victory over host WPI in the nightcap of a NEWMAC doubleheader Saturday afternoon. In the opener, Conor Fahey fanned a career-best 12 batters in a 7-1 WPI win.
Fahey was dominant in game one, retiring the final 13 batters of the contest. He allowed just three hits, all to consecutive batters in the top of the third, and walked just two on the day. With the score tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the third, WPI used RBI doubles from Ryan Rainone and Cody McGregor to tally three runs.
WPI would tack on three more in the fourth keyed by a RBI single by Ethan Brown. Fahey improves to 3-2 on the season while MIT starter Chris D'Annunzio (1-3) was saddled with the loss after allowing four runs in three innings of work.
In the second game, MIT rallied from deficits of 7-1 and 9-3 with a pair of runs in the seventh, five in the eighth and one in the ninth, to earn the split. They pounded out 20 hits in contest including three each from Steven Nunez, Jason Witzberger, David Nole and D'Annunzio.
In the eighth inning, Witzberger tied the game with a two-run double off the top of the right field fence. MIT then scored the winning run when Nole tapped an infield single to third. Junior Jay Turner yielded just one earned run over seven innings to improve to 4-0 on the season. Nunez retired six of seven batters in the last two innings to pick up his third save.
Thomas Whiting was credited with the loss, and dropped to 1-1 on the season. Brown totaled a pair of hits and three RBI in the nightcap for WPI while Paul Galligan scored three runs. Matt Fiore collected a pair of hits in both contests.
With the split, WPI remains in second place in the NEWMAC with a 6-3 record and a 13-14 mark overall. MIT is now 8-8 on the season and 4-4 in NEWMAC play.