April 3, 2008
NEW LONDON, Conn. - MIT cracked 17 hits and swiped a season-high 10 stolen bases en route to a 11-5 victory over Coast Guard in New London on Thursday. Freshman Ryne Barry moved to 3-0 on the year after a solid start on the hill.
MIT (8-8, 2-1 NEWMAC) scored twice in the first inning on an RBI single by Kevin Wheeler and a bases-loaded walk to Steven Nunez, and moved ahead 4-0 in the second following a run-scoring single by Thomas Phillips.
The Engineers extended their advantage to 9-0 in the third inning. Ten batters batted during the five-run frame, including an RBI double off the bat of Dan Hyatt and a two-run single by David Nole. Six of the nine runs yielded by Coast Guard (5-12, 0-5) were unearned as the Bears gave up an error in each of the first three innings.
A throwing error in the fifth pushed MIT ahead, 10-0, while Coast Guard answered with all five of its runs in the sixth. Ryan Milligan connected on his first collegiate home run and Kevin Higgins added an RBI double to pace the rally.
Although Barry was chased in the sixth to mar an otherwise terrific start, MIT's bullpen shut down the Bears over the final three innings to seal the win. Senior Mike Vasquez turned in another outstanding effort in relief by allowing just one hit in 2.2 innings of work while rookie Cameron Brown pitched a near-flawless ninth.
Ben Bersanti finished 3-for-4 with a walk and three stolen bases while Phillips also secured three hits. Freshman Brian Doyle tied an Institute record with four stolen bases, while sophomore Stewart Park moved to 20-of-21 on the season after stealing two bases of his own.