Engineers Split Against Regionally Ranked Williams
May 2, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Rookies Torre Swanson and Creed Mangrum each tossed complete games for MIT on Saturday, although the Engineers were only able to come away with one win at regionally-ranked Williams College. Swanson and MIT held on for a 5-4 victory in game one, while Ephs junior ace Paul Burgdorf out-dueled Mangrum for a 3-2 win in game two.
Williams (23-10) struck with a single run in the first inning of the opener, but David Nole tied the game at one with a single through the box. The Ephs added another run in the second before MIT (24-13) grabbed the lead for good with a three-spot in the third. Stewart Park ignited the attack with a one-out triple to right center. After Mangrum brought Park home with a sacrifice fly, Dan Hyatt doubled to right. Thomas Phillips was intentionally walked, and both runners advanced on a passed ball. With two runners in scoring position, Steven Nunez picked them up with a single to center.
After coasting through the middle portion of the game, Swanson hit a few bumps in the sixth as Williams climbed back in the game. With the bases loaded, Robin Allemand singled home two runs with a knock to left field. The Ephs still had two runners on, but Swanson escaped the jam with a strike out.
Park sparked MIT's victory with a one-out double in the seventh. He scored after Hyatt reached on an error at short. Swanson (5-1) went the distance while giving up seven hits and three runs en route to the win.
In the nightcap, MIT grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning and the kept that until the fifth where it extended the lead by another run. Three singles and a sacrifice fly by A.J. Hansborough keyed Tech's first run of the game while Bryan Macomber added another sac to push MIT in front, 2-0.
Williams got one run back off an infield single in the bottom of the fifth, but rallied ahead with two scores in the sixth. With one out, Zach Stone doubled to right field, stole third, and scored on a ground out to short. Chase. Davenport doubled to center in the ensuing at bat, while Allemand singled to left to drive in the winning run before being thrown out trying to advance to second.
Burgdorf yielded just three hits in a complete-game effort for the Ephs. Mangrum (2-2) scattered seven hits and three earned runs in the loss.