May 3, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Suffolk starter Tim Doyle pitched eight strong innings to remain undefeated, as the Rams topped MIT, 8-3, on Sunday at Briggs Field.
Suffolk (30-8) scored runs in each of the first three innings, taking advantage of six walks and two errors in building a 5-0 lead. The Rams put two on the board in the first without the benefit of a hit while lead-off hitter Rory Gentile drove in Dan Belanger with a single through the left side in the second. In the third, Suffolk added two more runs after drawing a bases-loaded walk followed by a sacrifice fly center.
MIT (24-14) did all of its damage in the fifth, clawing back into the game with three runs on three hits. With one out and two on, Brian Doyle sliced a single to left to give Tech its first hit of the game and load the bases. Ryne Barry kept the bags full, but not before delivering an RBI single to left during the next at bat. Stewart Park gave the Engineers their third consecutive hit with a run-scoring infield single up the middle. Bryan Macomber capped the scoring for MIT after drawing a bases-loaded walk. Although the Engineers scored three runs without recording an out, two consecutive fly-outs quelled the rally and kept Suffolk in front, 5-3.
MIT relief pitcher Stephen Toth was highly effective through his first four innings on the hill, but the senior righty encountered a little trouble in the eighth as Belanger and Paul Vittozzi connected for RBI singles to stretch the advantage to four. The Rams tacked on another run in the ninth to account for the final score and secure another 30-win season.
Doyle worked the first eight innings, and with the exception of a rocky third, he authored a fantastic performance to improve to 7-0 on the year. MIT starter Ryan Munoz (1-1) shouldered the loss for the Engineers, who also received a great inning of relief out of senior Matt Loper.