March 26, 2013

MIT Baseball Drops First Game of the Season to Nationally Ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater

WINTER PARK, Fla. – After the first five of its six game spring trip to Florida, the MIT baseball team ran into a potent hitting attack from No. 15 Wisconsin-Whitewater that propelled the Warhawks to an 11-4 victory. Wisconsin-Whitewater scored runs in five of its last six at-bats and banged out 14 hits in the win. Senior James McKinney (Wakefield, R.I.) continued his strong spring with a 2-for-3 day while sophomore Hayden Cornwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) had three hits for the Engineers.

Freshman Michael Wymer (Flower Mound, Texas) started the game for MIT (8-1), tossing a pair of scoreless innings and allowing just one hit and striking out a pair. After Wymer left the game, Wisconsin-Whitewater (7-2) was able to get to the MIT bullpen, striking for three runs in the third after two were out. A double by Dylan Friend and a walk set up a run scoring single by Mikole Pierce for the first run of the game. Sam Keller Jr. followed with a two-run double and the Warhawks never trailed again.

MIT answered in the fourth, getting a leadoff single from Cornwell followed by a double by senior Ricardo Perez (Vienna, Va.) to put two on. Cornwell then scored on a RBI groundout by freshman Nate Rodman (Corvallis, Ore.), but the rally died there as Warhawk starter, Justin Lambert, retired the next two hitters. Wisconsin-Whitewater then scored two more in the bottom of the inning, getting back-to-back RBI doubles from Michael Gonzalez and Friend to go up 5-1.

After a scoreless fifth, MIT closed to within two with a pair. Junior Creed Mangrum (Sandy, Utah) and Perez doubled around a ground out for one run, with sophomore Parker Tew (Chapel Hill, N.C.) singling in Perez to make it 5-3. Wisconsin-Whitewater answered with three in the bottom half of the inning however. The Warhawks received their first run on an RBI single from Gonzalez, who finished 3-for-5, with a double and home run and driving in four. They then loaded the bases on a pair of walks to set up a two-run single by Pierce.

MIT added another run in the seventh on an RBI groundout by Mangrum, but Gonzales added his home run, a two-run shot, in bottom half of the inning to ice it for Whitewater. The Warhawks added their final run in the eighth on a two-out RBI double off the bat of Steve Bartlein.

Lambert picked up the win for Wisconsin-Whitewater, going six innings and surrendering three run on eight hits while striking out six. Senior Henry Zhu (Overland Park, Kan.), who followed Wymer to the mound, took the loss getting ruffed up to the tune of five runs on four hits in an inning and two-thirds.

MIT will return home to Cambridge where it will play its first home game of the season on Thursday when the Engineers host Amherst College at 3:30 p.m. on Briggs Field.