CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT and Fisher College baseball team's met Wednesday for the fifth time in the program's histories and MIT used a four run eighth inning to win for the fifth time against the NAIA Falcons. The Engineers emerged with an 8-4 victory in non-conference play at Briggs Field.
In a game which saw MIT use a dearth of reserves, first baseman Zach Carr slammed a three run double to left center with two outs to clear the loaded bases and put MIT up 8-4 in the ninth. The Engineers had taken the one run lead a batter earlier when designated hitter Grant Iwamoto took a bases loaded walk.
Carr led the Engineers with 3 of their fifteen hits and four RBIs. The Engineers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single by catcher Dan Hyatt. Fisher grabbed two runs back in the top of the fifth on a 2 run single by right fielder Victor Lebron, but MIT got three back in the bottom of the inning. Carr singled home right fielder Sean Fannin before third baseman Patrick Dayton had an RBI groundout and shortstop Bryan Macomber added a single to score Carr.
Fisher grabbed another run in the sixth on an RBI single by DH Reyanaldo Nunez and then tied the game when Carr couldn't handle a line drive shot from first baseman Davidson Peguero. The game look as though it could be headed for extra innings until Fisher reliever Andrew Hurd loaded the bases with two singles and a walk.
The Falcons collected just four hits but were aided by five errors made by the Engineers, including three on pick-off or stolen base plays, and only one of their runs was earned.
Max Ockner started the game and pitched five innings, allowing just two hits and walking none. Ockner struck out two and allowed two runs, one of them earned. Henry Zhu pitched an inning and a third and got the win, improving to 4-2 on the season. Zhu struck out one batter, as did Brandon Lowe, Cameron Brown and Ryan Munoz, who all pitched well in relief for MIT.
Hurd takes loss for Fisher after giving up four runs in two thirds of an inning. He came in in relief of Aaronn McGuinness, who gave up 11 hits and four runs but walked only one and struck out eight Engineers over seven innings.
MIT improves their record to 20-10. They will host UMass Boston on Thursday at 4:00 PM before continuing in the NEWMAC tournament on Saturday when they play an elimination game against Babson. That game will be at 12:00 PM on the campus of Wheaton College.
Fisher falls to 21-24, an impressive mark after starting the season 0-18, with an 11-1 record in the NAIA Sunrise Conference. The Falcons will host Worcester State College at 7:00 PM on Thursday at Fraser Field.