Bats Spark 14-8 Victory for MIT Nine
March 17, 2009
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Sophomore center fielder Brian Doyle went 4-for-6 with two runs scored, two RBI and a double, while freshman Torre Swanson earned his first collegiate win as the Engineers downed Rhode Island College, 14-8, on Tuesday afternoon at Anchorman Field.
Rhode Island College (7-2), which has dropped two straight since ripping off seven straight wins to start the season, took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as junior right fielder Jared Rossi reached on an error and scored on senior third baseman Jeff Costa¹s RBI Double.
MIT (3-0) took the lead for good with a three-run outburst in the top of the third, extending its modest unbeaten streak while spoiling another home opener. Freshman third baseman Kenneth Lin contributed an RBI single, while sophomore catcher Dan Hyatt belted an RBI double. The Engineers built a 9-1 advantage by plating six runs in the fifth. Lin and Hyatt did the damage once again with RBI singles, while MIT also plated runs with a bases loaded walk and another score off a wild pitch.
RIC came right back with three runs in the home half of the frame, paced by an RBI fielder’s choice from junior first baseman Tim Schabowski and a two-run homerun by sophomore designated hitter Gary Levesque.
MIT quickly put the game out of reach with four more runs in the sixth inning. Doyle smacked a two-run double, junior second baseman Stewart Park plated a run with a sacrifice fly and senior first baseman Thomas Phillips singled in another.
The Anchormen scored two runs in both the seventh and ninth, but could not close the gap.
The Engineers logged 19 hits and stranded 13 runners in the victory. Seven Engineers recorded multiple hits, with Lin (3-for-6) and Hyatt (3-for-5) joining Doyle as the offensive leaders. Swanson threw five innings to earn the win (1-0), allowing four runs on six hits and recording three strikeouts.
RIC used six pitchers in the game with sophomore starter Rob Rushton taking the loss (1-1).
Through the first three games of the season, the Engineers have outscored the opposition, 37-9.