MIT Blanks Springfield, 3-0 and 8-0, in NEWMAC Doubleheader

MIT Blanks Springfield, 3-0 and 8-0, in NEWMAC Doubleheader

Springfield, Mass. - April 9, 2011 – The MIT baseball team swept Springfield College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader at Berry-Allen Field on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers took the first game, 3-0, after scoring three runs in the seventh, before besting the Pride, 8-0, in the second game.

MIT improves to 16-8 on the season and 10-5 in NEWMAC play. Springfield falls to 9-14 overall and 3-10 in the conference. The opening game featured a pitcher's duel as both hurlers battled to a 0-0 tie through six innings. In the top of the seventh, the Engineers strung together a few hits and knocked in three runs on RBI's from Sean Karson, Jonathan Rea, and Torre Swanson.

Swanson ended up 2 for 3 for the game, while Bryan Macomber and Ricardo Perez each added two hits for the Engineers. The three combined for six of MIT's nine hits in the contest.

MIT starting pitcher Aric Dama pitched the complete game shutout, striking out eight while allowing only two walks. Dama improves to 4-1 on the year with the win.

John Schmaltz led Springfield with two hits but was stranded on base twice. The Pride managed just five hits for the game.

Springfield starter Mark Grant took the loss, surrendering eight of the Engineer hits and all three runs, including one unearned. Grant falls to 2-3 for the season.

In the second game, the Engineers got the scoring started in the top of the second inning, as the visitors pushed across an unearned run off pitcher Greg Markovits. Catcher A.J. Hansbrough reached on an error to start the inning. He was moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt by Dylan Hyatt and came across the plate on an RBI single by Ryne Barry.

In the fourth inning MIT used three hits and a Springfield error to add three runs to the scoreboard. Hyatt singled and advanced to second on an error. Ricardo Perez drew a walk before a Sean Karson double scored Hyatt. Jonathan Rea hit a sacrifice fly that plated Perez, and Torre Swanson singled to score Karson.

After two shutout innings, MIT came back in the seventh with an earned run off of three hits. Rea walked to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. James McKinney then singled to score Rea for the 5-0 lead. The Engineers added three more runs in the eighth as Perez reached on an error to lead off the top of the inning and moved to second on a single by Barry. After Karson reached on a fielder's choice, Swanson tripled to score Barry and Karson, and came home on an RBI single by Bryan Macomber, which finished the MIT scoring for the afternoon.

For the game, the Engineers swatted thirteen hits, including three each by Swanson, Hyatt, and Barry. Swanson led the way with three RBI's.

For Springfield, Kyle DiFranco managed a 4- for-4 outing. The Pride gave up four unearned runs in the game and finished with three errors. Marakovits took the loss to fall to 1-2 on the season while MIT starter Max Ockner got the win after seven shutout innings and eight strikeouts.