March 20, 2011

Engineers defeats Lyons to complete three-game sweep

WINTER HAVEN, FL- The MIT baseball team won its third consecutive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game over Wheaton College on Saturday afternoon. MIT beat the lions 9-5 at Chain of Lakes Park to complete a three-game sweep of last year's champions.  

The Engineers stretched their winning streak to six games and improves to 6-1. Entering today's action ranked 18th in the country by D3baseball.com, Wheaton is now 4-4.

Engineer senior Ryne Barry and junior James McKinney recorded three hits apiece, with McKinney plating a pair of runs and stealing two bags.  Senior Brian Doyle and junior Bryan Macomber smacked two hits each, freshman Jonathan Rea scored four runs, while junior A.J. Hansborough drove in three.

MIT junior Chris Vaughan tossed four shutout innings of three-hit ball in relief with one strikeout to collect the win.  Freshman starter Kiel Jindra gave up five runs, only two of which were earned, while scattering six hits with four strikeouts and a walk.

The Engineers filled up the line score with two runs in the first, seventh and eighth innings and single runs in the fourth through sixth frames.  The Lyons picked up a run in the first and four more in the fifth, which provided them with their lone lead of the game.

Trailing 4-1 heading into the home half of the fifth, the Blue and White used three hits coupled with an MIT error to score four runs and take a 5-4 edge.  MIT knotted the game on a Doyle RBI in the sixth before retaking the lead for good on a Hansborough groundout the following inning.

Senior Tad Skelley was Wheaton's lone multiple hitter, going 2-for-5, while  juniors Dan Haugh and Hal Landers and sophomore Sean Ryan each doubled.  Landers and Ryan also scored once and plated a run.  In addition to Skelley's two base knocks, seven different Lyons recorded a hit.

Junior hurler Nolan Corr allowed six earned runs on 11 hits in his first appearance of the season, fanning one while walking another in six-plus innings.  The Lyons used three relievers, including freshman Ryan Grant, who set down all four batters he faced with one strikeout.

MIT will continue their play in Florida against Bowdoin College at 2:00 PM today. Wheaton returns north to host league foe Clark University on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.

Release Courtesy Wheaton Sports Information