May 5, 2010




Cambridge, MAŚSix runs scored by MIT in the second inning set the tone of the game as the Engineers beat Rhode Island College, 8-6, Wednesday evening on Briggs Field. With the win, the Engineers extend their winning streak to four and level out to 15-15 on the season, while the Anchormen move to 20-15 for the year.



 Senior Center Fielder Jared Rossi


 After a scoreless first inning, RIC struck in the second when senior first baseman Tim Schabowski (Pascoag, RI) led off with a double to center field and worked his way home to give the Anchormen a 1-0 lead.


 MIT's flurry of second-inning runs began with a single by junior Dan Hyatt and walk from sophomore A.J. Hansborough. Sophomore Bryan Macomber brought home Hyatt with a single to left field and junior Brian Doyle advanced the runners with a sac-bunt. An erroneous throw on a failed pick-off scored Hansborough, while a hit batter and walk reloaded the bases.


 With a 2-1 advantage, Engineer James McKinney batted in Macomber with an RBI-single. Freshman Grant Iwamoto added three more runs with a base-clearing double to left field, capping Tech's six-run, second-inning effort.


Trailing 6-1 in the third, Rhode Island freshman right fielder Kevin Carey (Wakefield, RI) singled to lead off the inning and was eventually brought in by sophomore shortstop Kyle Allaire (Uxbridge, MA), narrowing the gap to 6-2.


 In the fifth, freshman reliever Marwing Pena (Cranston, RI) replaced RIC junior starter Gary Levesque (East Providence, RI) on the mound. On the hook for the loss, Levesque (3-2) retired with 6 strikeouts and 3 walks, having yielded 6 runs and 7 hits. Pena too was dismissed in the fifth after putting two runners on base, and freshman Lucas Gagne (Somerset, MA) was left to throw the third out of the scoreless inning.


 RIC attacked again in the top of the sixth as a triple by junior left fielder Ronnie Bracchi (Wappinger Falls, NY) to right field brought home junior pinch runner Joseph Correia (Pascoag, RI) to cut the lead to three, 6-3.


MIT starter Henry Zhu (3-2) sat after 6 innings on the hill. Zhu posted 2 strikeouts and one walk, allowing one walk and three runs.


 The Engineers responded in the bottom of the sixth, as freshman Sean Fannin led with a single and a walk, and a throwing error advanced him to third before McKinney hit a sac-fly to right to open the score to 7-3. Gagne left the game with one out, giving up 1 run and 1 walk in .2 inning total.


 The Anchormen mounted a rally in the seventh, taking advantage of MIT reliever Ryne Barry on the mound. Freshman second baseman Greg Palmer (East Greenwich, RI) and Allaire each singled before sophomore third baseman J.P. Stone (Narragansett, RI) hit an RBI-single up the middle. Senior center fielder Jared Rossi (Johnston, RI) lofted a sacrifice fly to bring in a second run, and Stone came home on a wild pitch, as RIC added three and moved within striking distance at 7-6.


 Sophomore Columbus Leonard closed the inning for MIT, bailing out Barry, who left with one walk, three runs and three hits. Leonard went on to pitch a scoreless eighth and tallied two strikeouts with zero hits on the day.


 Junior Matthew Thadeio (West Greenwich, RI), who finished the seventh and tossed the eighth for RIC, had one strikeout and one hit in his 1.2 innings of service on the mound.


 With RIC senior reliever Bobby Venditto (Cranston, RI) on the mound, the Engineers put up an insurance run in the eighth, as senior Stewart Park walked to first, stole second and was brought home on a throwing error after stealing third, opening the lead to 8-6. Venditto tossed one strikeout and two walks in his one inning of duty.


 Though the Anchormen put two on in the ninth, MIT closer Cameron Brown notched his first save of the season by dismissing RIC, allowing one hit, two walks and 0 runs.


 Rossi led RIC, going 2-for-4 with two RBI.


 In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will close out the regular season at a Little East Conference doubleheader played at UMass Boston on Saturday, May 7.