Baseball Takes Two From Trinity College

NEW BRITON, Conn. – It was another good day for the MIT pitching staff as the Engineers allowed a total of just two runs and seven hits over two games of a doubleheader against Trinity College today in games played at Central Connecticut State University. MIT picked up its second consecutive shutout in the opening 4-0 win, then scored the sweep with a 4-2 triumph in game two. Sophomore Kiel Jindra (Oceanside, Calif.) allowed just three hits in six innings to lead the Engineers to the game one win, while senior Bryan Macomber (Los Altos, Calif.) had a pair of hits, including a triple, in game two for MIT (3-2).

Jindra was in control from the start for MIT in the first game. After an error put two on with one away in the third he set down the next eight hitters before surrendering a leadoff single in the sixth. Jindra, who struck out six and did not walk a batter, improved to 1-1 with the win.

MIT got all of the runs it would need when it scored three times in the fifth without registering a hit. With one away senior Torre Swanson (Redding, Calif.) was hit by the pitch before freshman K.J. Parent's (Knoxville, Tenn.) sacrifice attempt resulted in a Trinity (0-2) error that put two aboard. After junior James McKinney (Wakefield, R.I.) drew a walk, an error by the Trinity third baseman brought in the first two runs of the game. McKinney then came around to score on a ground out off the bat of freshman Eben Bitonte (Wichita, Kan.).

In game two MIT scored first as well, striking for three runs in the second, again all of the unearned variety. An single by senior A.J. Hansborough (Deltona, Fla.) and a passed ball put him in position to score on base hit by junior Ricardo Perez (Vienna, Va.). Another error set up sophomore Jon Rea's (Palo Alto, Calif.) RBI single to make to 2-0. The final run of the inning came in when McKinney was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. 

MIT added a key insurance run in the fifth when Macomber's triple chased Trinity starter Ryan Carr. Ben Goldeberg come on for the Bantams and struck out his first hitter before Hansborough came through with a two-out single to plate Macomber.

Sophomore Aric Dama (Winfield, Ill.) started and picked up the win for MIT to even his record at 1-1 for the season. He struck out seven in five innings of work, allowing a pair of runs on RBI doubles in the fourth from Bryan Wolfe and in the fifth from Michael Rueger.

Junior Henry Zhu (Overland Park, Kan.), who had worked a 1-2-3 inning to finish the first game, retired five straight to pick up his first save of the season.

MIT will play at home for the first time this season the next time out, hosting the Wentworth Institute of Technology on March 14 starting at 3:30 p.m.