May 7, 2011

Baseball Beats Williams in Rain-Shortened Game

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On what started as a gorgeous day and ended in severe rain and lightning showers, MIT and Williams College were able to play long enough for the Engineers to emerge with a 6-1 victory over the Ephs at Briggs Field.

MIT really only needed the first inning to secure the victory, an inning in which they collected three of their six hits and scored five runs. Ryne Barry continued to hit the ball well, lacing a double down the right field line that plated James McKinney and Dan Hyatt. Barry was 2-2 on the day and also scored twice, the first time on a two run single to right field by third baseman Sean Karson.

The Ephs got a run back in the third on three straight singles. Center fielder Stephen Maier got the inning started, then was moved along by catcher James Allison. Allison was three for three, while shortstop Cameron Susk was 2-3 and delivered an RBI base knock to plate Maier.

MIT got the run back in the bottom of the third when Barry hit a ringing single to center and scored on a groundout by second baseman Jonathan Rea. The teams played into the middle of the fifth inning before lightning required the umpires clear the field.

Chris Vaughan improved to 3-0 on the season, working all five innings and allowing just the one run on seven hits. Vaughan struck out three Ephs batters and did not walk anyone.

Harry Marino worked all four innings for Williams and took the loss. In addition to the six runs on six hits Marino walked two and struck out one.

MIT improves to 23-12 on the season. They will finish their regular season schedule with a doubleheader tomorrow against Suffolk College. The first game is at 12:00 PM. MIT will then wait to hear if they get an at-large bid to the NCAA Regional Tournament.

The Ephs end their season with a 24-11 record and a 5-7 mark in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).