April 13, 2013

MIT Splits Doubleheader with Coast Guard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior Aric Dama (Winfield, Ill.) threw a complete-game, four-hitter to lead MIT to a 12-2 win over Coast Guard in the nightcap of a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader that enabled the Engineers to spit the two games with the Bears. Senior Nate Toll (Olney, Md.) went six+ strong innings in game one that was won by Coast Guard, 2-1.

Toll held MIT (16-5, 11-3 NEWMAC) in check for most of the first game, scattering six hits and surrendering just one unearned run while striking out four. The only run that the Engineers could get was in the fourth. With one down junior Creed Mangrum (Sandy, Utah) walked, but was thrown out at the plate attempting to score on sophomore Hayden Cornwell's (Newport Beach, Calif.) double. Senior Ricardo Perez (Vienna, Va.) followed with a grounder to short that was thrown away for an error, allowing Cornwell to score the first run of the game.

Coast Guard (17-11, 7-6 NEWMAC) came right back with two in the top of the fifth. With one away an infield hit by senior Joe Petry (Worcester, Mass.) and a double by senior Eric Gerken (Tampa, Fla.) tied it up at 1-all. After Gerken moved to third on a wild pitch, junior Rob Bertucci (Belleville, Ill.) came on to pitch for MIT and struck out the first hitter he faced, but gave up a single to senior Nolan Gallagher (New Milford, Conn.) that scored Gerken.

MIT threatened in the bottom of the seventh when freshman Jacob Rothman's (Charlotte, N.C.) pinch-hit, one-out single chased Toll. Senior Curt Barrett (Bremen, Ga.) came on but walked the two hitters he faced to load the bases. Senior Derek Petty (Parker, Colo.) replaced Barrett and got the final two outs to escape the jam and pick up the save.

After scoring just the one run in game one, MIT wasted no time in game two when it scored three times in the first inning. Back-to-back singles and a walk loaded the bases for Perez, who single in the first run of the contest. A wild pitch scored another before an RBI groundout by freshman Nate Rodman (Corvallis, Ore.) made it 3-0.

That was all the run support that Dama would need as he allowed just four hits over his complete game, striking out eight while walking a pair. Dama retired the first 12 hitters he faced in order before Coast Guard loaded the bases with none out in the fifth. All the Bears could get was a sac fly from sophomore Tim Betts (Ft. Myers, Fla.) as Dama retired three straight to get out of it. A walk and an RBI double by senior Mike Massaro (Sewell, N.J.) in the ninth was the only other damage allowed by Dama as he improved to 5-1.

Mangrum homered in the fifth for MIT to make it 4-1 before the Engineers took advantage of a Bear error that led to three runs in the seventh. The Engineers put it away in the eighth with five runs, with sophomore Parker Tew (Chapel Hill, N.C.) delivering a two-run single and senior James McKinney (Wakefield, R.I.) driving in another with a base hit.

MIT and Coast Guard will finish the series tomorrow in New London, Connecticut in a game that was originally scheduled for Friday. The Engineers and Bears will square off at Noon.