March 21, 2008

Late Rally Caps MIT's Two-Game Sweep over Vassar

March 21, 2008

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Sophomore Deron Brown roped a bases-loaded line-drive single to center field in extra innings to give MIT a 5-4 victory over Vassar College in the second game of a scheduled double-header on Friday afternoon. The Engineers won their first-ever meeting against the Brewers in the opener, 4-1.

MIT (2-1) rode the strong arm of rookie Ryne Barry in the first game of the day. Barry scattered five hits in six innings while surrendering one earned run and posting seven strikeouts before handing it over to Mike Vasquez in the seventh for the save. Vasquez tied an Institute record with his 42nd career appearance.

Dan Orme shouldered the loss for Vassar (1-2) despite allowing just three earned runs and piling up seven strikeouts in a complete-game effort.

In the first, Stewart Park singled and swiped second before scoring on an RBI single to deep short by David Nole. In the fourth, freshman Joe Bubar picked up an RBI single for the Brewers while a double off the bat of MIT's William Blackman led to an RBI for Steven Nunez on a ground-out.

Ahead 2-1, the Engineers pulled away in the fifth with back-to-back run scoring singles from Nole and Thomas Phillips. Rookie Brian Doyle and Nole each stole second to set up the scores.

MIT totaled six stolen bases against the Brewers in game one, with Nole swiping three and Doyle taking two.

In the second game, it appeared that the Cardinal and Gray would have to settle for a split as Vassar capitalized on five MIT errors. With the Engineers in front, 2-1, the Brewers tied the game in the fourth despite not registering any hits. Senior Mike Murn reached on an error before scoring with two outs on another error during Clancy Philbrick's grounder to the left side.

The following frame, Vassar secured one hit and scored two more runs. Sophomore Ari Glantz provided an RBI single to move the Brewers in front while rookie Joe Castilla showed tremendous base-running skills as he capitalized on a miscue in the outfield to put Vassar ahead by two.

MIT tied the game in the sixth although the Engineers secured two runs with just one hit. Walks to Doyle and Brown set the stage while a fielder's choice by Barry and a sacrifice fly from Phillips accounted for the runs.

In the eighth inning, Kevin Wheeler singled before grabbing an extra base with some superb base-running of his own. Doyle followed with a single while an intentional walk set up Brown's game-winning knock.

Steven Nunez earned the victory in game two after pitching the final four innings without allowing an earned run. Freshman Cameron Brown started for MIT and enjoyed a solid college debut. Brown had four strikeouts and surrendered two hits in one unearned run through the first four.

A strong performance by Alex Tanskey was negated by the Engineers' late rally, as the senior finished his day allowing four earned runs while giving up four hits and three walks. Philbrick gave up the winning hit in the extra stanza to take the loss for Vassar.