MANSFIELD, Conn. – MIT scored first, but No. 24 Eastern Connecticut State University overcame the early advantage by the Engineers to score a 4-1 non-conference baseball win this afternoon. MIT was held to just four hits by the Warrior's pitching, including a pair by junior Parker Tew (Chapel Hill, N.C.).
Tew played a role in scoring the only run of the game for MIT (20-13) when he lashed a one-out double to right center in his first at-bat in the second. After advancing to third on a wild pitch he then came home to score on a fielder's choice play off the bat of senior Sean Karson (Orlando, Fla.).
MIT starter, junior K.J. Parent (Knoxville, Tenn.), was in control early on as he set down the first nine hitters he faced. In the fourth, however, Eastern Connecticut (25-7) quickly ended that streak when Mike Vaccarelli led off with a single and Corey Keane followed with a home run to left to put the Warriors on top 2-1.
That would prove to be all the support that Eastern Connecticut starter, Tyler Cyr, would need. After MIT scored in the second he allowed just two more hits over the final seven innings and did not allow an Engineer to reach third. Cyr finished with a complete-game four-hitter, striking out one and walking a pair. Both MIT's hits after the second came with two outs, a Tew single in the fourth and base hit in the ninth by sophomore Nate Rodman (Corvallis, Ore.).
Eastern Connecticut gave Cyr a little more breathing room in the eighth, scoring two more run on a sac fly by Brendan Lynch and an RBI single by Nik Ververis, who led the Warriors with three of their seven hits.
Parent took the loss for MIT, going four innings and giving up the two runs on three hits while striking out one. Freshman Jason Morrison (Frisco, Texas) followed Parent with 3.1 innings on the mound, giving up three hits and the two runs in the eighth.
Next up for MIT will be the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship series against Wheaton College, with a doubleheader hosted by the Lyons starting the best-of-three series on Saturday at Noon. Eastern Connecticut will play tomorrow, traveling to No. 5 Southern Maine for a 12:00 p.m. doubleheader.