CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – An RBI single by junior Travis Pullen (Las Vegas, Nev.) in the top of the 13th inning turned out to be the game-winning hit for Gordon College as it edged MIT, 2-1, in non-conference baseball action this afternoon. The Fighting Scots improved to 16-12 with the win while MIT dropped to 16-11 for the season.
It quickly became an old-fashioned pitching dual between MIT sophomore Alan Wang (Paoli, Pa.) and Gordon freshman Matt Amore (Pequannock, N.J.). Wang pitched seven strong innings for the Engineers, giving up just two hits and a run while striking out three. Amore went 5.2 innings, surrendering three hits and one unearned run while striking out five.
Both teams put runs on the board in the second. Gordon saw junior Mark Fitzgerald (Simi Valley, Calif.) launch a solo home run over the fence in left with one down for its score. With one out in the bottom half of the inning junior Parker Tew (Chapel Hill, N.C.) was hit by a pitch for MIT, moving up to second on a passed ball and then to third on a fly out to center. Junior Phil Reiser (Alpharetta, Ga.) then singled back up the middle to tie the game up.
After that it was 10 scoreless innings of baseball. MIT threatened in the sixth with a leadoff walk by freshman John Drago (Peoria, Ariz.) that was followed by an infield single from senior Creed Mangrum (Sandy, Utah), but the next three Engineers struck out to end the threat.
In the 12th Gordon loaded the bases on a hit batter, an intentional walk and an error, but MIT's fourth pitcher of the game, senior Tim Wilson (Nacogdoches, Texas) got out of the jam when he got the next hitter to ground into a fielder's choice play. The Engineers also loaded the bases in the bottom half of the inning, getting a leadoff single from Reiser and a pair of walks. Fitzgerald, who came in from left to pitch to start the inning for Gordon, struck out the final hitter to escape trouble.
In the 13th junior Alex German (Brimfield, Ill.) started the inning with a single, but was erased on a fielder's choice play. A sacrifice moved sophomore Eric Walker (Danvers, Mass.), who had reached on the fielder's choice, to second with two away. After a hit batter put two on, Pullen lofted his single to center to score Walker. Fitzgerald struck out the first two Engineers in the 13th before junior K.J. Parent (Knoxville, Tenn.) kept MIT's hopes alive with a double to the gap in left center, but Fitzgerald came back to retire the next hitter on a grounder to second to end it.
MIT will be in action at home again tomorrow when it hosts Fischer College at 4:00 p.m. Gordon will also be in action tomorrow as it hosts Newbury College at 3:30 p.m.