March 18, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Wentworth Institute of Technology scored two runs in top of the 11th inning to spoil the MIT baseball team’s home opener and hand the Engineers their first loss of the season. Tech received solid pitching throughout, including four innings of one-hit ball from Ryan Munoz, but was unable to capitalize with the bats. MIT falls to 3-1 heading in to its spring break trip to Arizona. Wentworth improves to 7-4 with the win.
Connor Flisnik earned his way on base to start the 11th, getting hit by MIT’s Steven Nunez, then moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. After a two-out walk to Doug Papuga, Mike Roberts delivered a clutch RBI single up the middle to put the Leopards on top. An error by Stewart Park allowed another run to score but Nunez would get out of the jam, as Anthony Carbone was thrown out trying to steal second.
The Cardinal and Grey attempted to put together a rally in the bottom half as Park reached base to lead off, followed by a Creed Mangrum single. After Thomas Phillips struck out and Park stole third, Nunez was able to drive in a run with an RBI groundout. However, Wentworth reliever Matt Chymbor closed the door with his seventh strikeout of the game to Stephen Toth.
The teams traded solo home runs in the third, the only offense for the first 10 innings. Nick Cunningham hit a two-out shot over the left field wall in the top half of the inning. Dan Hyatt responded with his first career home run to tie the game back up at one.
MIT had a chance to take the lead in the eighth as Bryan Macomber led off with a single and moved to second on an errant pickoff throw. Brian Doyle moved Macomber over to third with a bunt but the Engineers were unable to drive him in, as Park grounded out to short and Mangrum struck out to end the threat.
Chymbor earned the win for the Leopards, working four innings while allowing just one run on three hits. The Wentworth staff combined for 14 strikeouts. Nunez was credited wth the loss after coming on in the 10th and allowing two runs on two hits. MIT starter Chris Hendrix threw five innings, giving up five hits and striking out four.
Tech will travel to travel to Chandler, Ariz. to take part in the Greater Phoenix Invitation starting Friday, March 20. Wentworth goes to Clark tomorrow for a 3:00 p.m. start.