April 2, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT freshman Chris Hendrix out-dueled WPI junior Nolan Murphy with a tremendous effort on the hill, and sophomore Ryne Barry tossed the last few innings en route to his second save of the campaign, as MIT topped Worcester’s edition of the Engineers, 7-4, at Briggs Field on Thursday.
Hendrix surrendered just one hit to the WPI (14-8, 3-2 NEWMAC) offense through the first six innings, but homeruns in the seventh by rookie Mitch McClune and Jameson Kokolis signaled fatigue for the first-year starter. Barry delivered a near-flawless effort in relief, giving up one hit over the final 2.1 innings as MIT (10-6, 1-2) bested a WPI team that entered the tilt ranked No. 8 in the New England Division III College Baseball Coaches Poll.
Murphy (3-1) was solid despite shouldering the loss for WPI. Giving up one earned run while striking out five in 6.1 innings of work, MIT was able to capitalize on several miscues to jump out to an early 5-1 lead.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the second, the Engineers scored five unearned runs on five hits and three errors. Brian Doyle and Stewart Park keyed the attack with run-scoring singles during the stanza.
A two-run homerun by McClune sparked WPI’s comeback bid, while Kokolis followed with a two-out solo bomb. Barry put the brakes on the rally by getting the last out of the seventh then pitched the next two frames without allowing the ball to escape the infield.
Thomas Phillips capped the scoring by opening the bottom half of the eighth with his eighth homerun of the season. It was the only hit of the afternoon for Phillips, who earlier in the day was selected as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) National Hitter of the Week.