April 28, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. – Led by Stewart Park’s four-hit effort, the top of MIT’s lineup consistently found its way on base as the Engineers topped regionally-ranked Worcester State, 10-6, at Lake Park on Tuesday. Senior Stephen Toth cemented the strong non-conference win with a great winning effort in relief.
Park ignited a four-run first for MIT (22-11) after singling to short and stealing second. Creed Magnum drew a walk in the next at bat, while Dan Hyatt loaded the bags with a single to right field. Senior Thomas Phillips, who earlier in the day was named NEWMAC Player of the Year, sliced a single through the left side to put the Engineers on top, 2-0. Before Worcester State (26-12) escaped the inning, David Nole plated Hyatt with a sacrifice fly and Steven Nunez singled up the middle to bring home Phillips.
The Lancers responded with a single run in the bottom of the first, but after cycling through the lineup, Park sparked another big inning to lead off the second. After Park singled, Mangrum doubled to right field. Park scored on a passed ball to extend the lead back to four while Hyatt slammed a two-run homerun to centerfield as MIT moved in front, 7-1.
Worcester State answered with four runs in its half of the second to reduce the deficit to two. Two singles to lead off the frame sparked the rally, while the Lancers scored their first two runs on an error and a sac fly. TJ Magnell supplied the key hit during the inning with a two-run single to right center.
A lead-off walk by Ben Bersanti fueled another three-run inning for MIT in the sixth. Bryan Macomber followed with a single while Park delivered again with a two-run double down the right-field line. Mangrum singled to left to drive home Park and cap the scoring for the Cardinal and Gray.
Toth was tremendous after taking over in the fourth inning. Scattering six hits in six innings of work, the senior righty was nearly un-touchable until the Lancers manufactured a small rally with three hits and a run in the ninth. Toth struck out seven while improving to 2-1 on the season.