MIT Edges Past Wesleyan, 3-2

Sophomore Nate Rodman
Sophomore Nate Rodman

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior Creed Mangrum (Sandy, Utah) broke up a no-hit bid with a home run in the seventh inning sparking a late MIT surge that led to a 3-2 victory for the Engineers over Wesleyan University in a non-conference baseball game this afternoon. Junior Jonathan Dennett (Great Neck, N.Y.) had a pair of hits and drove in both runs for the Cardinal.

Sophomore Peter Rantz (Boca Raton, Fla.) started for Wesleyan (23-8) and was in complete command over the first six innings, striking out 12 with out issuing a walk. The only two hitters to reach base against him came on a wild pitch on a strikeout in the fifth and a throwing error by the shortstop in the sixth.

Sophomore Alan Wang (Paoli, Pa.) was strong for MIT (20-12) as well, scattering four hits over the first five innings to keep Wesleyan off the board. In the sixth the Cardinal finally put a tally on the scoreboard, getting a leadoff single by junior Donnie Cimino (Westwood, N.J.) that started things off. Wang came back to record the next two outs, but Dennett took a pitch into the gap in right center to plate Cimino.

Mangrum led off bottom of the seventh and broke up the no-hit bid with a drive over the fence in right for his sixth home run of the season. Junior Hayden Cornwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) then drew a walk, moving up to second on a wild pitch. Sophomore Nate Rodman (Corvallis, Ore.) then hit a fly into the gap in right center that fell just out of the reach of the center fielder for an RBI double to put the Engineers on top.

With two down in the eighth Wesleyan rallied when junior Sam Goodwin-Boyd (Florence, Mass.) doubled to right. After a hit batter put two on, Dennett grounded one through the hole between short and third to tie the game.

Senior Jon Rae (Palo Alto, Calif.) pinch-hit to lead off the eighth for MIT and dumped a single into right, moving to second on a sacrifice. Junior Phil Reiser (Alpharetta, Ga.) then pinch-hit and drew a walk to put two on for Mangrum. He grounded one to the second baseman that the Cardinal turned into an out at second, but the relay to first, which Mangrum had beaten, got past the first baseman allowing Rae to score.

That was all the scoring that MIT could muster, but it was enough as senior Rob Bertucci (Belleville, Ill.) came out of the pen and retired the Cardinal in order in the ninth, striking out a pair, to record his third save of the season. Senior Tim Wilson (Nacogdoches, Texas), who recorded the final out of the eighth, picked up the win for the Engineers. Senior Chris Law (Dover, Mass.), who allowed Rae's single in the eighth, took the loss for the Cardinal.

MIT is scheduled to play again tomorrow when the Engineers will host Rhode Island College at 4:00 p.m. Wesleyan will play again on Saturday when the Cardinal will host Trinity College in a doubleheader starting at Noon.