Ninth-Inning Homerun Lifts UMass Boston Past MIT, 5-4
May 1, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Sophomore Connor Reinfurt broke a 4-4 tie in the ninth inning with a homerun to left center field to give UMass Boston a 5-4 victory over MIT at Briggs Field on Thursday. Rookie Dan Hyatt plated two runs for MIT in the bottom of the eighth to set the stage for the game-winning blast.
MIT (18-16) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second. With two outs, back-to-back singles by Hyatt and Deron Brown led to a two-run single by Stewart Park. Despite the early offense, the Engineers struggled to build on the lead by failing to capitalize on their chances. Tech stranded two runners in four of the first five innings.
Trailing 2-1, UMass Boston (14-22) served up the equalizer in the sixth. Junior Ryan Oshima, who led off the frame with a single to right, demonstrated great ability on the bags as he advanced to third on a ground ball hit to third. Oshima was already moving on a hit-and-run, but securing the extra 90 feet following the throw to first proved key as freshman Ryan Walsh brought Oshima in with a single to deep short.
The Beacons scored one run in each of the last four innings to build their tally. Mike Dorval led off the seventh with a double to deep center while Casey Rice sent a shot over the head of the MIT centerfielder to drive home Dorval. With one out in the eighth, Walsh homered to left.
MIT trailed 4-2 entering the bottom of the eighth, but rallied with one out as back-to-back singles off the bat of David Nole and Ryne Barry gave the Engineers new life. In the ensuing at bat, Hyatt roped a single to left center to tie the game.
The Engineers appeared to be in great shape after sending 2-3-4 to the plate in the ninth, but Tom Michael closed out the game without any harm on a called strikeout.
Michael (2-3) faced eight batters and tossed 1.2 innings en route to the win, but Anthony Lauretto authored an excellent performance on the hill after allowing one earned run and striking out five in 7.1 innings of work.
Senior Mike Vasquez (0-1) shouldered the loss for MIT, which received an effective start from Steven Nunez. In seven innings on the mound, Nunez scattered seven hits and gave up three runs while striking out five.
Barry, Hyatt and Brown each had two hits for the Engineers, although Hyatt supplied the biggest hit of the afternoon. Walsh and Oshima carried the offensive attack for the Beacons, with Walsh finishing 3-for-5 with two RBI. Oshima was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.