Engineers Secure Third Seed In NEWMAC Tournament After Springfield Split
April 21, 2007
Courtesy Springfield Sports Information
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Jimmy Lisowski hurled a four-hit complete-game shutout to help the Springfield College baseball team to a 1-0 victory over MIT in game one of a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference doubleheader at SC's Berry-Allen Field this afternoon. In game two, MIT defeated Springfield, 13-6. With the split, Springfield is now 8-17 overall, 4-7 in the NEWMAC. MIT moves to 10-10 overall, and finishes 6-6 in the conference.
Lisowski, a sophomore left-hander, picked up his third victory in seven decisions in the first game. He gave up only four hits, all singles, walking three and striking out 11 in the 7-inning contest. Junior Jay Turner (4-2) turned out to be the hard-luck loser for the Engineers. He gave up only three hits and one unearned run, walking none while striking out five.
The only run of the opening tilt came in the second inning. With one out, sophomore designated hitter Ryan Tatreau grounded one back to the pitcher, who threw it away and enabled Tatreau to race all the way to third. The next batter, junior second baseman Tim Romeo then grounded to the third baseman, who also threw it away. The back-to-back throwing errors resulted in the game's only run.
The only player on either side to have more than one hit was Springfield sophomore shortstop Jamie Mackie, who finished 2-for-3. MIT did make it interesting in the top of the seventh. The Engineers put runners on first and third on a pair of singles with one out. With freshman second baseman Ben Bersanti at the plate, MIT elected to get the run home via suicide squeeze. But Lisowski's pitch was well outside, and Bersanti could not get the bunt down. The runner was then tagged out attempting to scamper back to third. Meanwhile, the runner on first had moved up to second. But with the tying run on second with two outs, Bersanti then lined out to right field to end it.
The second game was much more of a slugfest. For MIT, two pitchers combined to give up six runs on nine hits. Sophomore right-hander Matt Loper pitched the first five innings to pick up the win (2-1). He gave up five runs on eight hits, striking out four and walking four. He received excellent relief work from sophomore right-hander Kevin Foley, who gave up just one run on one hit in the final four innings.
The losing pitcher for the Pride was senior Bob Schiaroli, who went the first four innings. He gave up eight runs on 10 hits, walking five and striking out two. Junior left-hander Michael Searles hurled the next three innings, and freshman right-hander Ryan White the final two.
The score was 4-4 after two innings, but MIT scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by sophomore third baseman Stephen Toth. MIT then scored five more runs in the top of the fifth inning to put it away. Big hits in the frame included a two-run home run by sophomore right-fielder Chris D'Annunzio, and a two-run single by senior center-fielder Jason Witzberger.
MIT added one more in the sixth, and two more in the eighth. Four players had three hits each for the Engineers, including Witzberger, Toth, freshman shortstop Stewart Park, and sophomore catcher Steven Nunez. The Engineers pounded out 17 hits all told, 15 of which were singles.
Springfield plays at Clark in its final NEWMAC regular-season game, Tuesday, at 3:30 p.m. If the Pride win that game, it will be seeded fifth and play at Babson in the NEWMAC Tournament that begins on Thursday. If SC loses, it will be seeded sixth and will play at MIT on Thursday.
MIT will play at WPI on Sunday at 12 noon. Please note that game is an added non-conference game.