MIT Opens Campaign with Doubleheader Sweep of Vassar
March 15, 2009
Courtesy Vassar Sports Information
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - MIT baseball spoiled the home-opener for Vassar College on Sunday, picking up a doubleheader sweep at Prentiss Field in its first action of the year. The Engineers knocked the Brewers for a combined 23 runs, with a 13-0 win in the first game and a 10-1 win in the nightcap.
The Brewers fall to 1-3 and will continue a seven-game home-stand with a Wednesday game against Mount St. Mary College and doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday with Clarkson University. The Engineers open their season strong, taking a 2-0 record into a Tuesday game at Rhode Island College. MIT improved to 4-0 all-time against Vassar.
A big fifth inning broke up a close game in the opener as the Engineers plated eight runs on just two hits. With MIT up 2-0 to start the inning, Brian Doyle welcomed Vassar reliever Daniel Berkowitz with a double to left field and the Engineers cruised after that. MIT brought 12 batters to the plate while taking advantage of two Vassar errors in the inning to score seven unearned runs. Sophomore William Blackman notched the big hit in the inning, with a two-run double.
MIT got on the board with two runs in the first as Doyle and rookie Creed Mangrum opened up the first inning of the season with a pair of singles. Thomas Phillips brought Doyle home with a sacrifice fly. David Nole reached on a fielder's choice and plated MIT's second run on a Steven Nunez RBI single to left field. Three runs in the sixth inning, on the strength of a two-run single off the bat of Dan Hyatt gave the Engineers their final margin of victory.
MIT sophomore starter Ryne Barry, who was 5-1 as a rookie last season, earned the win after allowing just two hits in four innings, with three strikeouts and two walks. Senior Stephen Toth held the Brewers hitless over two innings with one walk and one strikeout, and Cameron Brown pitched the seventh, allowing one hit.
Doyle led the Engineers at the plate, going 2-for-3 with one RBI and two walks, while Nunez and Hyatt each contributed a run and two runs batted in.
In the second game, the Brewers again fell behind early as the Engineers notched six first inning runs on four hits while sending the first seven batters to the plate without recording an out. Again, Vassar errors proved costly, as the Engineers scored three unearned runs on two errors. Doyle led off with a walk, stole second, advanced to third on a Mangrum bunt single, and came home on a throwing error. Another throwing error put Nole on base and scored Mangrum, with a monster triple to center field from Phillips plating Nole. An RBI single from Blackman brought Phillips home. A bases-loaded 6-4-3 double play helped Vassar get out of the frame, but the Engineers notched two more runs before the inning ended to take the early 6-0 lead.
A run in the second, and two more in the third gave MIT a comfortable nine-run lead before the Brewers notched their first and only run of the day in the bottom of the third inning. Senior Zack Miller reached base with one out after being hit by a pitch, and came home on a sacrifice fly off Luongo's bat.
In the second contest, Mangrum finished 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored, while freshman Bryan Macomber also had two hits to go along with five assists from the shortstop position.
Freshman Chris Vaughan picked up his first career win, scattering four hits and allowing one earned run over five innings. The freshman starter recorded six strikeouts with no walks. Nunez pitched two scoreless innings of relief, allowing two hits.