Rookie Power Drives MIT Baseball Past UMass Boston, 10-8
May 3, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT plated runs in each of the first four innings en route to a 10-8 victory over UMass Boston, Thursday afternoon, at Briggs Field. Freshman Stewart Park paced the Cardinal and Gray with a near-perfect day at the plate, while junior righthander Rich Kosoglow pitched three great innings of relief to collect his first save of the year.
After spotting MIT a 1-0 lead in the first, the Beacons scored four runs on three hits in the second. With no outs and the bases loaded, Chris Oram lifted what appeared to be a harmless single to center, but a miscue in the outfield enabled UMass Boston to clear the bases while Oram raced to third. Alnor Rodriguez, who finished 3-for-5, scored Oram after grounding out to third.
Jaime Soto homered to right center in the top of the third and although MIT was down 5-3 heading into the bottom half of the frame, the Engineers scored three runs in the third and fourth to build a 9-6 lead.
David Nole started the Tech rally with an infield single to open the third. After swiping second base, Nole came across to score after Paul Groudas singled to the left side. Park picked up one of his three runs batted in after scoring Groudas with a double to left field, while Bersanti plated Park with a single through the box.
In the fourth, MIT took advantage of aggressive baserunning to stretch its lead. Senior Jason Witzberger led off the inning with an infield single, before stealing second and third. Nole, who was hit by a pitch two batters later, also earned a steal after swiping second for the second time in two innings. With two runners in scoring position, junior Kevin Wheeler delivered a two-run single. Wheeler would later score in the frame after another run-scoring knock by Park.
The Beacons made a final run at the Engineers after trailing, 10-7, entering the ninth. A lead-off error and wild pitch resulted with Oram reaching third, while the UMass Boston sophomore scored on a ground out to second base. Kosoglow, who pitched three innings without allowing an earned run, struck out pinch hitter Stephen Garcia to close the door.
Park enjoyed a terrific afternoon in the box, finishing 4-for-4 with two doubles, two runs, three RBI and two stolen bases. Fellow rookie Bersanti was 2-for-4 with a run and two runs batted in from the top of the order. Nole reached base four times in the tilt and finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
Rodriguez led UMass Boston after driving home two runs. Bryan Curran, Soto and Oram each had two hits.
After throwing the first six innings, sophomore Chris D'Annunzio earned his third straight win and improved to 4-3 on the season. Bob Kniffen made his first start of the campaign for the Beacons, but reliever Ryan Murphy (1-3) was touched with the loss.