April 17, 2008
Courtesy Clark Sports Information
WORCESTER, Mass. - Clark University rallied late but was unable to overcome a two-run deficit in the ninth as the Cougars fall short in a 8-6 loss to MIT in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball game at Granger Field on Thursday. With the loss, Clark falls to 10-17 overall and 4-6 in league play. MIT, which has won three straight conference dates, improves to 13-11 overall and 6-4 in the conference.
Tech's lineup got to work early, scoring a pair of runs in the first frame. After Brian Doyle was hit by a pitch, Stewart Park delivered a double down the left-field line to bring him home and put the Engineers on the board. Junior Thomas Phillips then hit an RBI single to left field for a 2-0 lead.
The Cougars took advantage of an MIT error to plate a run in the seventh. With two outs, Steve DeMartino doubled to left field to keep Clark alive and later scored on the defensive miscue.
MIT scored three more runs in the eighth to go up 8-1. Kevin Wheeler highlighted the inning with an RBI double down to left.
Despite the sizable advantage, Clark made things interesting with four runs in the bottom of the eighth. DiMarco and pinch-hitter Benjamin Seel each hit run-scoring singles, while another costly MIT error and a sacrifice fly by DeMartino brought the Cougars within reach three.
In the bottom of the ninth, Clark pushed across another run on Hollingsworth's two-out single, but was unable to come up with the tying run as MIT established a two-game lead for third place in the league standings.
Junior Steven Nunez went 7.1 innings to pick up the win. He gave up three earned runs, struck out five and has just one walk. Senior Mike Vasquez made his team-high 11th appearance of the season to close out the game.