WINTER PARK, Fla. – After starting their spring trip to Florida with a three-game sweep of Springfield, the MIT baseball team used a big day at the plate against Bard College as the Engineers powered past the Raptors 16-1 in a game stopped after seven innings due to the 10-run rule. MIT banged out 11 hits and took advantage of 10 walks issued by Bard as it set a season-high in runs and remained undefeated at 7-0.
Bard (2-3) starter, freshman Ryan Conklin (Sussex, N.J.), held MIT in check over the first three innings allowing just two hits and an unearned run. In the decisive fourth the Engineers batted around as they broke the game open with five runs. Sophomore Hayden Cornwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) led off with a single and advanced to second on an error. Sophomore Reid Bishop's (Cypress, Texas) sacrifice was misplayed for another error, allowing Cornwell to score and Bishop to reach second. A sacrifice and a walk put runners on the corners for junior Patrick Dayton (Archer City, Texas), who doubled to plate Bishop. The third Raptor error of the inning led to another run before senior James McKinney (Wakefield, R.I.) added an RBI single that made it 6-0.
Sophomore K.J. Parent (Knoxville, Tenn.) started for MIT and picked up the win, going six innings and allowing just one run on five hits with five strikeouts and no walks. The only blemish on his line came in the fifth when he allowed a double and a triple in consecutive at-bats to senior Andres Medina (Bronx, N.Y.) and sophomore Tom Danz (North Egremont, Mass.).
MIT added two more in the fifth on an RBI single by sophomore Phil Reiser (Alpharetta, Ga.) and a bases loaded walk to Dayton. The Engineers put it out of reach in the sixth when they sent 13 hitters to the plate. The started the inning with the first four hitters drawing walks, finishing the frame with seven free passes. Reiser, senior Andrew Jeanguenat (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) and McKinney all had RBI singles in the inning as MIT went on to score eight runs.
Dayton finished the game going 2-for-3 with a double, driving in three and scoring twice. Reiser was 2-for-2 with a pair of walks, scoring three times and driving in two. Medina was 2-for-2 for Bard, including a double.
MIT will play in Florida again tomorrow when it takes on Western Connecticut State at 3:00 p.m. at Chain O' Lakes Park.