Springfield, Mass. - April 10, 2009 - The MIT baseball team jumped out to a 6-1 lead after three innings of play and never looked back as it downed host Springfield College, 10-4, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup on Friday afternoon at Berry-Alllen Field.
The win improves the Engineers to 12-7, 3-3 in league play, while the Pride drops to 5-18, 2-5 after losing its third straight.
The Engineers wasted no time manufacturing a pair of runs in the top half of the first. Stewart Park led off the game with a walk and stole second base immediately. Creed Mangrum then successfully reached on an infield bunt single to put runners on the corners. Two batters later, Thomas Phillips hit a deep sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Park for the first run of the game. Steven Nunez followed with a single to plate Mangrum and give the visitors a two-run lead.
The Pride cut the lead in half after scoring a run of its own in the bottom of the first. After Joe Kropa and John Schmaltz started off the inning with consecutive singles for the Pride, senior Jamie Mackie doubled to left field to score Kropa.
Freshman pitcher Nick Saviano lasted only another two-thirds of an inning as he would give up an additional two runs in the second inning. Dan Hyatt drove in two runs on a line drive single to centerfield, plating David Nole who reached on a fielders choice and Stewart Park who was hit by a pitch.
Nunez led off the top of the third for the Engineers with a single. However, after successfully retiring the next two batters, freshman reliever Mike Palumbo left one out over the plate which designated-hitter David Nole crushed over the right-centerfield fence.
With two outs in the third, Springfield chipped away at the lead as Luke Gabordi singled and Travis Turgeon drew a walk. Mario Piscitelli continued to swing the bat well for SC as he hammered a double into the left-center gap, plating a pair of runs.
The Pride made it a 6-4 ball game after four innings of play as Kropa came through again for the hosts, this time smacking a two-out triple to score freshman catcher Zach Carhart.
That would be as close as Springfield would get in the game though as the Engineers scored a run in the fifth, a pair of runs in the seventh, and another in the eighth en route to the 10-4 victory.
Nole finished 2-4 with four RBI, while Phillips chipped in with two hits and a pair of RBI as well. Chris Hendrix picked up the win for MIT as he allowed all four runs off eight hits while striking out three.
Kropa had his third-straight three-hit game as he went 3-5 with a run scored and an RBI, while Schmaltz also added a pair of hits. Saviano shouldered the loss as he went just 1.2 innings, give up four earned runs off four hits. Palumbo was solid out of the pen for SC as he went five innings, striking out five, despite giving up five runs.
The Pride is scheduled to return to action on Saturday afternoon for its first league home doubleheader of the season as it welcomes Clark for a 12:00 pm start.