March 17, 2009




Anchormen Drop to 7-2


Providence, RI—MIT sophomore center fielder Brian Doyle (Hopkinton, MA) went 4-for-6 with two runs scored, two RBI and a double, while freshman Torre Swanson (Redding, CA) earned his first collegiate win as the Engineers downed Rhode Island College, 14-8, on Tuesday afternoon at Anchorman Field.




Rhode Island College (7-2) took a 1-0 lead in he bottom of the first inning as junior right fielder Jared Rossi (Johnston, RI) reached on an error and scored on senior third baseman Jeff Costa’s (Pawtucket, RI) RBI double.




MIT (3-0) took the lead for good with a three-run outburst in the top of the third. Freshman third baseman Kenneth Lin (Castro Valley, CA) contributed an RBI single, while sophomore catcher Dan Hyatt (Wallingford, CT) belted an RBI double.




The Engineers built a 9-1 advantage by plating six runs in the fifth. Lin and Hyatt did the damage once again with RBI singles, while MIT also plated runs with a bases loaded walk and scoring on a wild pitch.




RIC came right back with three runs in the home half of the frame, paced by an RBI fielder’s choice from junior first baseman Tim Schabowski (Pascoag, RI) and a two-run blast for his first collegiate homer by sophomore designated hitter Gary Levesque (East Providence, RI).






 Sophomore Designated Hitter Gary Levesque




MIT quickly put the game out of reach with four runs to start the sixth inning. Doyle smacked a two-run double, junior second baseman Stewart Park (Brooklyn, NY) plated one with a sacrifice fly and senior first baseman Tom Phillips (Durham, NC) singled in another.




The Anchormen scored two runs in both the seventh and ninth, but could not close the gap.




The visitors logged 19 hits and stranded 13 runners in the victory. Seven Engineers recorded multiple hits, with Lin (3-for-6) and Hyatt (3-for-5) joining Doyle as the offensive leaders. Swanson threw five innings to earn the win (1-0), allowing four runs on six hits and recording three strikeouts.




RIC used six pitchers in the game with sophomore starter Rob Rushton (Freetown, MA) taking the loss (1-1). Levesque went 3-for-4 with a double, homer, two runs scored, two RBI and a walk.




In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Wheaton on Thursday, March 19 at 3 p.m. The Engineers will face Wentworth tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 p.m.