April 29, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior David Nole broke open a two-run game in the seventh with his second grand slam of the season, and MIT cruised past NAIA foe Fisher College, 14-6, at Briggs Field on Wednesday. With the victory, the Engineers improved to 23-11 on the season and established a new single-season record for wins.
Although Nole authored the biggest hit of the day and finished with a game-best five RBI, Thomas Phillips reached base in all five plate appearances while driving in three runs to add to his single-season Institute record.
MIT and Fisher (26-18) traded a run through the first three innings, while the Engineers grabbed a two-run lead in the fourth without the benefit of a hit. Kenneth Lin and Ryne Barry each earned a free pass during the frame before scoring on walks. Fisher tied the tilt in the fifth following an RBI triple to right center by Zack Thompson and a run-scoring infield single off the bat of Michael Oliveira.
Fisher added three more runs in the sixth to grab a 6-3 lead. RBI doubles by Pena and Thompson keyed the attack, while two of the runs were unearned after a costly fielding error with two outs.
Dan Hyatt’s single through the left side in the bottom of the sixth brought the Engineers within two, while Phillips served up the equalizer with a two-run double to center field. Following a single by Nole, both he and Phillips scored on William Blackman’s double to right field.
The Engineers blew it apart in the seventh, fueled by Nole’s bomb to right field. Stewart Park, who finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored, opened the scoring with an RBI single.
MIT rookie Chris Vaughan (4-4) evened his season ledger after tossing the first six innings. Senior Chris D’Annunzio was tremendous in relief and earned his first save of the year after yielding just one hit through three innings while striking out six.
Fisher featured five pitchers on Wednesday, although freshman Austin Brody endured the loss.