Baseball Splits with Coast Guard

Courtesy of Coast Guard Sports Information

NEW LONDON, CONN.--Freshman Mike Massaro’s two-run triple highlighted a four-run fourth in game two as Coast Guard came from behind to beat MIT 5-4 in game two after the Engineers won the opener 5-1 in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball action.

Sophomore Torre Swanson (1-3) and freshman Henry Zhu allowed just four hits and an earned run in the opener for MIT. Swanson worked 6 1/3 innings and allowed four hits and the earned run while walking two and striking out eight to pickup his first win of the season. Zhu retired the two batters he faced to register his third save of the season.

MIT scored four times in the fourth to break a 1-1 tie. Junior William Blackman led off the inning with a homer to right while freshman Ricardo Perez and senior Stewart Park added RBI singles in the inning for a 5-1 lead.

Freshman Riley Beecher (1-3) went the distance for the Bears and allowed nine hits and five runs, all earned, while walking one and striking out two and took the loss.

Juniors Ryne Barry and Dan Hyatt along with Perez each had two hits in the game one win for the Engineers (8-10, 2-7).

In game two, MIT scored a run in the third on an RBI single by Park and another run in the fourth on an RBI double by sophomore Bryan Macomber for a 2-0 lead.

Coast Guard (7-14, 2-7) took the lead with four runs in the fourth. Freshman Eric Gerken got the Bears on the board with a sacrifice fly before Massaro tripled with a pair of runners on base and scored on throwing error to give the Bears a 4-2 lead.

The Engineers tied the game 4-4 in the sixth on a two-run single by Macomber.

The Bears scored the eventual game winner in the sixth, an RBI single by Gerken scoring senior Ryan Milligan, who led off with an infield single, moved to second on an error and stole third. 

Junior Jesse Karr (1-5) worked the first six innings and allowed eight hits and four runs, three earned while striking out two to get his first win of the season. Freshman Derek Petty pitched the final three innings and allowed just one hit and a pair of walks while striking out one to earn his first collegiate save.

Sophomore Chris Vaughan went the first four innings for MIT and allowed five hits and four runs, all unearned, while walking one and fanning three. Freshman Max Ockner (1-1), who took the loss, worked 2 2/3 innings and allowed just two hits and an unearned run while walking three.

Park, Blackman and Macomber each had two hits in game two for MIT.

Massaro, Milligan and freshman Nolan Gallagher each had a pair of hits in the game two win for Coast Guard.

MIT and Coast Guard remain tied for the sixth and final NEWMAC tournament spot with 2-7 records with three games left in the conference season.