CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – April 19, 2008 -- Freshman pitcher Ryne Barry kept his college ledger unscathed after delivering a compete-game performance in MIT’s 7-2 victory over NEWMAC rival Springfield in game two of Saturday’s scheduled double-header. The Pride, which needed to win both games against the Engineers to clinch the third seed in the conference tournament, made the nightcap meaningful after a dominating, 16-5 victory in game one.
Barry (4-0) tossed his second compete-game of the season to ensure the No. 3 seed and a home game for MIT (14-12, 7-5) in the first round of the NEWMAC Baseball Tournament. The Engineers rode Barry’s arm to the win as the rookie scattered six hits and gave up one earned run while striking out seven.
Brian Doyle, Kevin Wheeler, Thomas Phillips and Ben Bersanti each supplied the attack with a pair of hits in game two for MIT, while six different players drove home a run. The Engineers scored one in the second and two in the third, with Phillips and rookie William Blackman registering back-to-back RBI doubles to account for the third-inning scores.
Barry weathered some trouble in the top of the seventh as Springfield (14-18, 5-7) reduced the lead to 3-2 with a pair of runs. Joey Kropa picked up an RBI during the frame despite a throwing error at third while Tim Romeo supplied the key hit of the inning with a double to right field. Erasing any chance of a Springfield comeback, the Engineers plated two runs of their own in the bottom of the seventh, and tacked on two more in the eighth. Wheeler picked up an RBI with a single to center, while Doyle and Stewart Park also earned RBI’s for the MIT offense.
In the opener, Springfield was working on all cylinders as the lineup pounded out 16 hits, while starter Jimmy Lisowski looked strong through five innings of work. Lisowski surrendered two earned runs and struck out 10 batters in moving to 3-2 on the year.
After a fairly quiet first three innings, the Pride blew apart a 1-0 lead with six runs in the top of the fourth. John Schmaltz ripped a two-run single to left to spark the attack, while Justin Nussey added an RBI single and Ryan Hingston brought home two more with a double to deep center.
The game went from bad to worse for the MIT nine in the fifth as Springfield exploded for seven more runs. Drew Michael authored the biggest hit of the frame after clearing the bases with a three-run triple, then scoring himself on a throwing error to third.
David Nole tripled to right center to plate two runs for MIT in the bottom of the fifth, but the deficit proved to be too much as Springfield added one run each in the sixth and seventh en route to its fourth-straight win.
Romeo was huge for the Pride in game one, finishing 4-for-5 with three runs and an RBI, while Hingston closed 3-for-4 with four runs batted in.
Thus, #4-seeded Springfield now gets to travel right back to #3-seeded MIT next Thursday for a first-round playoff game in the NEWMAC Tourney. The NEWMAC Tourney, taking a cue from softball which began this format last year, is playing a 6-team double-elimination format starting this season. Babson will be the #1-seed and host team over next weekend.