NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – On the strength of a brilliant performance by their pitching staff, led by starter Aric Dama, the MIT Engineers baseball team shut out the Trinity Bantams 9-0 in the second game of their season-opening double header. The victory earned Tech a split on the day, after dropping the first of two 7-inning games by a 5-4 score.
Dama pitched five innings of one-hit baseball and struck out five batters while picking up his first win of the season. Chris Vaughan allowed just one hit and a walk in an inning of relief and Henry Zhu pitched a one-hit seventh while striking out a Bantam and completing the shutout. IT was only the third time since May of 2006 that Trinity was held without a run.
The Engineers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back. Left fielder James McKinney singled home freshman second baseman Jonathan Rea and then scored himself on a passed ball. Rea was on base three times in the second game, scoring two runs, while McKinney went 2-4 with 2 RBIs and crossed the plate twice himself.
MIT doubled their advantage in the third inning when designated hitter Patrick Dayton sent a liner down the right field line that just landed fair and plated two Engineers. A five run sixth inning opened the game up for MIT, capped by a two-run double by catcher A.J. Hansborough. In the two games combined, Hansborough had five hits in six at-bats and drove in six runs.
Starter Jim Ramsey pitched just three innings, allowed four runs and took the loss for the Bantams.
The Engineers also jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first game of the day on a Hansborough triple to right center, but were unable to make it stand up. Trinity got a run back in the bottom of the first and starter DJ Goldberg allowed just one base-runner over the next four innings to keep the Engineers at bay and allow Trinity to climb back into the contest.
Five different players had RBIs for the Bantams, who used a four run fifth inning to take the lead for good. Four walks, a triple and two singles were the undoing of the Engineers in the inning. Kevin Mortimer and Joe Papa each had two hits for Trinity, with Papa scoring two runs. Hansborough, who DHed for the Engineers in the first game, singled home two more runs in the sixth inning, but Tech could not complete the comeback.
Max Ockner allowed just four hits and one earned run in three innings of work for the Engineers. Ockner struck out four before handing the ball off to Kiel Jindra, who ran into trouble, allowing four earned runs in two innings. Jindra struck out two batters, but also walked two and allowed four hits while taking the loss. Torre Swanson pitched a perfect sixth for the Engineers. Ben Goldberg pitched an inning and two-thirds to pick up the save for Trinity.
MIT (1-1) will open their home campaign on Wednesday afternoon with a 3:30 contest against Wentworth Institute of Technology. Trinity, also 1-1, will, like MIT, travel to Winter Haven, Florida for their Spring Break trip. Their first game in Florida is a March 19th doubleheaders against Westfield State.