Engineers Knock Off Brandeis, 8-2
March 31, 2009
WALTHAM, Mass. - MIT rookie pitcher Torre Swanson scattered five hits over six innings of work, followed by three hitless innings by sophomore Ryan Munoz, as the Engineers defeated Brandeis, 8-2, at Stein Diamond on Tuesday. It was the first baseball win for MIT over Brandeis since 1993, a span of 13 meetings.
MIT (9-6) had five players collect two or more hits. Senior David Nole led the way, going 3-for-4 with a team-high three runs scored. Sophomore center fielder Brian Doyle was 2-for-5 with two runs, two RBI and two stolen bases out of the lead-off spot, while rookie shortstop Bryan Macomber was 2-for-4 with two RBI out of the nine-hole. The Engineers had six stolen bases in seven attempts and hit 7-for-15 with runners in scoring position.
On the hill, Swanson improved to 2-0 on the season by allowing just the five Brandeis hits. He struck out three, fanning the side in the second inning, and avoided trouble in the bottom of the first by starting a 1-6-3 double play.
Brandeis (10-11) had just one multiple hitter on the day, as rookie third baseman Jon Chu reached base in all four plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with two walks and a run scored. Senior Mike Alfego recorded the Judges' only extra-base hit with a double, scoring the team's second run in the sixth inning.
Junior Kyle Ritchie fell to 1-2 on the season by allowing seven runs (five earned) in 5.1 innings. He gave up eight hits, struck out three and walked one.
MIT opened the scoring with three runs on three hits and two Brandeis errors in the second inning. They added two more on three singles in the fourth and closed their scoring with three in the sixth, also on three singles. Brandeis's single runs came in the fourth and the sixth innings.