FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – MIT found itself hooked up in an old-fashioned pitching duel with 11th-ranked Western New England University in its second game of the 2012 season. In a contest played at Farmingdale State University on Long Island it was the Golden Bears that scratched across a run in the third and then held off an Engineer rally in the ninth to hang on for the 1-0 win.
It was all about the pitching in this game as both teams saw their starters have impressive outings. For MIT it was sophomore Keil Jindra (Oceanside, Calif.), who went six innings and allowed six hits and a pair of walks while striking out seven. Western New England freshman Trevor Breton was also impressive, limiting MIT to just three hits over his seven innings of work, striking out three and walking two to pick up the win.
Western New England (2-1) scored what proved to be the only run of the game in the bottom of the third. The Golden Bears first two hitters reached on singles, but Kindra retired the next two hitters on a pop-up and a strikeout. Mike Rubino then came through for the Golden Bears with a run-scoring single to right.
Hitless since the fifth inning, MIT (0-2) staged a rally against Western New England reliever Mike Lawlor. After retiring the side in order in the eight, Lawlor was touched for singles by senior Bryan Macomber (Los Altos, Calif.) and freshman Eben Bitonte (Wichita, Kan.) to start the ninth to put runners on first and second. After a ground out back to Lawlor moved the runners up, the Golden Bears intentionally walked freshman Hayden Cornwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) to load the bases. The threat would end there, however, as Lawlor struck out the next two Engineer hitters to wrap up the game and pick up the save.
Macomber led MIT with a 2-for-4 day at the plate. Junior Henry Zhu (Overland Park, Kan.) threw a pair of perfect innings for the Engineers out of the bullpen.
MIT will return to action on Wednesday, March 7 when it will play a single game at Gordon College starting at 2:15 p.m.