PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island College scored in each of the first three innings on its way to building a 9-0 lead and then held off a furious ninth inning rally by MIT to take a 9-5 victory over the Engineers this afternoon. Senior Andrew Jeanguenat (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) drove in a pair of runs for MIT, with sophomore Hayden Cornwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) and sophomore Phil Reiser (Alpharetta, Ga.) picking up a pair of hits apiece for the Engineers.
Rhode Island College (11-25) picked up one run in the first inning after loading the bases on three straight singles, getting a sac fly from Justin Rainville. Sophomore K.J. Parent (Knoxville, Tenn.) got out of the jam, but ran into trouble again in the second, giving up a double and a single to start the inning. A wild pitch and then an error led to a pair of runs for the Anchormen. With one out a hit batter loaded the bases for Matt Foley who delivered an RBI single before a fielder's choice by Rainville brought home the final run of the inning to make it 6-0.
Rhode Island College added two more runs in the third to make it 8-0 and it proved to be too big a hole for MIT (22-10) to dig out of. The Anchorman starter, Stephen Lapatin, held the Engineers in check most of the way, giving up just a double to Cornwell in the second, a single to Reiser in the fifth, three walks and a hit batter over the first eight innings.
In the ninth, however, the MIT bats came to life. Lapatin recorded the first out, but a walk and an RBI double by Cornwell brought in the first Engineer run. Lapatin retired the next hitter to get to within an out of the complete game, but Reiser, sophomore Karl Sorensen (Blacksburg, Va.) and sophomore Reid Bishop (Cypress, Texas) came up with consecutive base hits, with Reiser and Bishop bringing in runs to make it 9-3. Jeanguenat then came through with the fourth straight single, this one bringing in a pair of runs to cut the lead down to four runs.
Sophomore Patrick Dayton (Archer City, Texas) then reached on an error to put runners on the corners, but Dylan Cummiskey, who replaced Lapatin and gave up the final two of the four consecutive singles, managed to get the final out on a grounder to first to end it.
Reiser finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, while Cornwell swatted his two doubles in four trips to drive in one and score one. Kevin Carey, Alex Verrecchia, Mario Albunia and Foley all had a pair of hits to lead Rhode Island College, with Verrecchia scoring three times.
Lapatin picked up the win, going 8.1 innings and giving up four runs on five hits while striking out three. Parent took the loss, giving up five runs, three earned, on six hits in two innings.
MIT will resume action in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Tournament in its next action, taking on Babson College at Noon on Saturday in a game that will be played at Wheaton College.