April 15, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Junior David Nole continued his mid-season resurgence at the plate in leading MIT to a 5-4 victory over Coast Guard at Briggs Field on Tuesday. Taking advantage of four errors, the Engineers solidified their spot in third place in the NEWMAC standings while sweeping the season-series from the Bears.
MIT (12-11, 5-4) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead as William Blackman's drive to deep right center with two outs in the first resulted in a miscommunication in the outfield that scored two runs. Blackman scored on the ensuing at bat as Nole ripped an RBI single to left field.
Coast Guard (6-17, 1-8) scored a pair of runs in the top of the second thanks to a triple by sophomore Keith Laird, who also crossed the plate after an errant throw to third. Despite the big knock, the Engineers stayed in front as MIT starter Chris D'Annunzio surrendered just two hits in three innings before being pulled from the game.
Down 5-2, the Bears picked up one run in the fourth off reliever Ryan Munoz after a sacrifice fly to right by Kevin Keefe.
In the bottom of the seventh, MIT pulled ahead 7-3 with two unearned runs, including one off Nole's second RBI single of the afternoon. Munoz (2-2) was primarily effective in his two innings of work before tuning it over to fellow freshman Ryne Barry.
Barry was sparkling in his first two frames of relief, although Coast Guard battled back with two runs in the eighth. Brian Lisko doubled down the left-field line to score the Bears first run of the inning while Keefe singled to center to cut Coast Guard's deficit to two. In the ninth, Barry forced a terrific 4-6-3 double play to squash the Bears' rally and secure the long save.
Junior Pete Schofield (1-4) was credited with the loss after giving up two earned runs and eight hits in 6.1 innings pitched. After a shaky start, Schofield kept the MIT bats at bay with eight strikeouts while holding the Engineers without a hit in 18 straight plate appearances.
Nole finished 3-for-4 with two RBI to lead MIT's attack while Stewart Park finished 2-for-5. Park swiped second and third base during the MIT eighth, with the first steal resulting in a new single-season record for Tech's diamond program. Park stole an Institute record 24 bases as a rookie last season.