CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A home run by junior Phil Reiser (Alpharetta, Ga.) in the bottom of the fourth broke the scoreless tie and gave the MIT baseball team an edge over Endicott College, helping the Engineers defeat the Gulls by a score of 4-3 at their final home game of the season on Tuesday. Tech, which won its first-ever New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title over the weekend, improved to 24-13 on the season, while the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) champions Endicott dipped to 30-13.
Following Reiser's leadoff homer, sophomore Kendall Helbert (St. Louis, Mo.) doubled, advanced to third on a single by classmate Alec Echevarria (Chula Vista, Calif.), and made it home on an error by the pitcher. Heading into the top of the fifth, the Cardinal and Gray had a 2-0 edge over the Gulls.
MIT's lead increased by two in the bottom of the next inning when senior Patrick Dayton (Archer City, Texas) hit the second home run of his career, sending classmate Creed Mangrum (Sandy, Utah) home before him. The Gulls got on the board in the top of the seventh when senior Tad Gold (Martha's Vineyard, Mass.) doubled and scored on an RBI single by sophomore Matthew Paola (Middlebury, Conn.).
Trailing 4-1 in the top of the eighth, a pair of errors allowed Endicott freshman Cam Farnham (Andover, Mass.) and junior Harry Oringer (Dartmouth, Mass.) to score and make it a one-run game. Gold would reach third base with two outs, but MIT senior reliever Rob Bertucci (Belleville, Ill.) got the final out to leave the game-tying run stranded on third. Tech quickly retired all three batters in the top of the ninth to secure the win.
Sophomore Alan Wang (Paoli, Pa.) earned the win at the mound in six innings, allowing just three hits and zero runs, while retiring three.
Having earned the conference's automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Division III Regional Tournament, MIT will have to wait until the brackets are released on Monday, May 11th to find out who it will play on Wednesday, May 14.