HARWICH, Mass. – MIT saw its baseball season come to an end today as the Engineers split a pair of extra-inning games at the NCAA Division III New England Baseball Regional at Whitehouse Field. MIT started with a 12-inning, 2-1 win over Salem State that put the Engineers within two wins of the regional title. In the second game MIT and Ramapo College went 13-innings in a game that saw three lead changes and go 13 innings before the Roadrunners took a 6-5 victory to capture the regional title.
MIT 2, Salem State 1 (12 inn.)
Senior Phil Reiser (Alpharetta, Ga.) drove in both runs for MIT, including stroking a game-winning home run on the first pitch that he saw in the bottom of the 12th to lift MIT to a 2-1 win over Salem State to send the Engineers into the regional finals against Ramapo.
In a classic playoff pitching dual, MIT used five different hurlers to come up with a staff gem. Freshman Will Loucks (Las Vegas, Nev.) started and went 3.1 innings for the Engineers, giving up three hits and one run. He was followed by senior Rob Bertucci (Belleville, Ill.), sophomore Jason Morrison (Frisco, Texas) and junior Eric Tu (San Roman, Calif.), who combined to allow one hit over three innings of work. Junior Michael Wymer (Flower Mound, Texas) then came on to turn in another fine performance at the regional, going the final 5.2 innings and surrendering just three hits while striking out eight in picking up his first win of the season.
For Salem State, Andrew McLaughlin was strong in his start, going 7.1 innings and allowing a run on six hits while striking out five and walking a pair. Rafael Tylus took the loss after giving up the home run, one of three hits he allowed in 3.2 innings of work.
MIT scored first in the second, with junior Nate Rodman (Corvallis, Ore.) leading off and singling to center. After moving up on a sacrifice, Reiser doubled to right center to plate the run. Salem State picked up its run in the top of the fourth when Richard Fecteau led off the inning with a home run.
Ramapo 6, MIT 5 (13 inn.)
MIT broke on top first in the contest when junior Kendall Helbert (St. Louis, Mo.) homered in the second. Ramapo came back to take its first lead in the bottom of the third, getting a two-out hit that was followed by a run scoring double by Chris Werr. He then came around on a base hit by Scott Peschiani.
Doubles by sophomore John Drago (Peoria, Ariz.) and senior Parker Tew (Chapel Hill, N.C.) tied that game in the fifth before a throwing error allowed Tew to scamper home and give MIT a 4-3 advantage. The Engineers held the lead until the seventh when the Roadrunners opened the inning with a double by Brandon Berger, who then moved to third on a wild pitch. Rob DeAngelils then delivered Berger with a single, and then came around to score when Joe Venturino doubled to left to make it 5-4.
MIT came back to tie it up in the top of the eighth, getting a two-out bunt hit and a hit batter to put two aboard for freshman Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz.) who tied things up with a single to right. The Engineers nearly escaped a one-out bases loaded jam in the bottom half of the inning, but with two away a fielding error allowed the Roadrunners to retake the lead. That lead ended up being short-lived as senior Hayden Cornwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) led off the ninth with a home run that ended up sending the game into extra innings.
Neither team seriously threatened again until the 13th. MIT put a pair on with one down, but Walker Larson, who had come on in the in the eight for Ramapo, picked up the final two outs on a fly out and a fielder's choice to end the threat. In the bottom half of the inning the Roadrunners received a leadoff double from DeAngelils, who then moved to third on a sacrifice. MIT then intentionally walked the next two hitters to set up a force at any base, but Peschiani foiled the plan by lofting a fly to left that was deep enough to bring in the winning run from third.
Larson picked up the win for Ramapo, giving up one run on four hits over 5.1 innings, striking out six and walking one. Freshman Zach Michaud (Moorestown, N.J.) took the loss for MIT after allowing the one run on two hits over his 4.2 innings on the mound.