April 8, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Junior right-hander Chris D'Annunzio served up a strong start on the mound while the Engineers plated multiple runners in three different innings, as MIT leveled its record in conference play with a 7-4 victory against Clark on Tuesday afternoon. Once again, senior Mike Vasquez was sharp in relief en route to his second save of the spring.
Clark (8-14, 2-4 NEWMAC) jumped in front of the Engineers with a three-spot in the top of the third. After a lead-off error and two quick outs, Scott Hollingsworth walked and Ronald Bathrick delivered an RBI single to right field that moved the Cougars ahead, 1-0. In the ensuing at bat, junior Matthew Tillo doubled down the left-field line to clear the bases.
MIT (9-10, 3-3) answered with two runs in the bottom of the third. Freshman Dan Hyatt picked up Tech's first hit of the day with a poke to right field before scoring on a line-drive single to center by fellow rookie Brian Doyle. Later in the frame, Thomas Phillips doubled to deep right field to bring home another run.
Trailing 3-2, the Engineers moved in front with two more runs in the sixth. David Nole supplied the biggest hit of the inning with an RBI triple to right center while rookie William Blackman batted in a run in his first plate appearance with a drive to left center.
MIT grabbed control of the tilt with three more runs in the seventh. Stewart Park took advantage of a shift in the infield with a bunt single toward second base that nearly made its way to the outfield grass in loading the bases, and Kevin Wheeler continued the good work with a sacrifice fly to left. Phillips followed with his second run-scoring hit of the game while Park crossed the plate on an error later in the inning.
Clark got one of the runs back in the eighth after doubles by Phillip DeMartino and Joseph Silva while Vasquez forced a 6-3 double-play to end the threat after entering the game with one out and the bases loaded.
D'Annunzio gave up six hits and no earned runs in six innings pitched while improving his season record to 1-1. Vasquez provided his fifth scoreless relief appearance in six tries to lower his ERA to a team-best 1.20.
Tillo (2-3) shouldered the loss after allowing four earned runs and five hits through six innings of work. The Cougars out-hit the Cardinal and Gray, 9-8, but left 12 runners on base.