MIT and Coast Guard Get Strong Pitching, Split Doubleheader
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Aric Dama pitched six innings of one-hit baseball, leading MIT to an 8-3 victory over the US Coast Guard Academy in the opening game of a doubleheader on Saturday at Briggs Field. In the second game, Nate Toll threw a two-hit shutout and the Bears beat Tech 6-0, earning them a split in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contests.
Dama allowed just one hit over six innings in the seven-inning game and MIT led 8-0 before the Bears scored all three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Already up 5-0, the Engineers broke the game open in the fifth inning when shortstop Bryan Macomber smashed a three-run homerun to left field. The homer followed Macomber's 4-double day yesterday, which broke an Institute record for most doubles in a game.
MIT scored three runs in the first inning, sparked by a two-run double by Dan Haytt, and added two more in the second on an A.J. Hansbrough single and another Hyatt base knock. Hansborough went 3-3 in the game with a RBI and a run scored.
Dama improves to 3-1 on the season. Sophomore Riley Beecher (2-1) worked five innings and allowed six earned runs to take his first loss of the season.
In the second game, the Engineers could not get the best of Toll, who allowed just two hits, walked three and struck out six to pickup his team-high fourth win and first shutout to improve to 4-1 on the season.
Sophomore Eric Gerken's three-run triple highlighted a four-run second inning for Coast Guard, while junior Eddie Kalankiewicz and sophomore Cameron Carroll had back-to-back RBI singles in the seventh for the Bears. Gerken and Kalankiewicz each had a pair of hits in the win for Coast Guard.
Catcher Grant Iwamoto and first baseman Zach Carr were the only two players to get hits for MIT. Torre Swanson sees his record level at 2-2 after pitching seven innings and giving up six runs, three of them earned. Swanson allowed eight hits, but did not walk a batter and struck out eight Bears. Henry Zhu pitched a scoreless two innings in relief for the Engineers.
MIT is now 14-6 overall and 8-4 in conference play while Coast Guard is 14-9 overall and 4-5 in NEWMAC action. The Engineers will host Suffolk in a non-conference game on Tuesday at 3:30. Coast Guard will begin their weekday conference series against Babson at the same time.