Cambridge, Mass. - April 6, 2010 - The MIT baseball team scored four unearned runs with two outs in the eighth to rally past visiting Springfield College, 5-4, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball contest on Tuesday afternoon. John Schmaltz went a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate and drove in a pair of runs for the Pride.
The loss drops the Pride to 9-11 on the year, including a 2-4 mark in NEWMAC play. The victory brings the Engineers' record to 7-8, 1-5 in league action.
Springfield wasted no time getting on the board, striking in the first. With men on first and second, junior Brian Harris singled to left and, coupled with a defensive error, brought two runners home to put the Pride up 2-0.
MIT responded in the second when junior Brian Doyle doubled down the left field line, giving sophomore Bryan Macomber a chance to score from second and narrow the lead to 2-1.
The next four innings were quiet as neither team managed to get a run on the board thanks to solid pitching courtesy of senior Ryan White on the mound for Springfield and freshman Max Ockner for MIT.
In the seventh, a lead-off single by Springfield's Peter Calandra and a walk by Ockner put two runners on base. Schmaltz launched a shot deep to right field, and an unusual bounce carried the ball over the fence for a ground-rule double, scoring Calandra and extending the lead to 3-1.
Both starters were replaced after 6.1 innings. White threw 3 strikeouts with 4 walks and 1 run, while Ockner tossed 4 strikeouts to go with his 1 walk and 3 runs, 2 of which were earned.
The Engineers kept their composure and mounted a rally in the eighth. Senior Stewart Park singled to lead the inning before Springfield reliever Chris Collard retired the next two batters. A fielding error scored Park and put sophomore Torre Swanson on first-an omen of the momentum shifting in MIT's favor.
Consecutive hits by William Blackman, Bryan Macomber, Doyle and A.J. Hansborough brought in three more runs, giving the Engineers the lead at 5-3. Closer Adam DeFelice took to the mound and closed out the inning for the Pride, leaving Collard (2-1) responsible for 4 runs (0 earned) and on the hook for the loss.
Springfield's Mike Corletta led the ninth with a double to right, and Schmaltz followed with an RBI single up the middle, closing the lead to 5-4 and putting the game-tying run on first. Henry Zhu entered the game to pitch for MIT, and though he gave up a single to Harris, a double play and ground-out closed out the inning, giving Tech its first conference win.
Barry (1-0) received his first win of the season despite dropping 1 walk and 1 run in 1.2 innings. Zhu tallied his second save.
The Pride will play its third game in three days on Wednesday afternoon when it travels to take on Eastern Connecticut State, who is ranked 13th in the country in this week's D3baseball.com/NCBWA Top 25 poll. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 pm.