Cambridge, Mass. - April 7, 2012 - After dropping the opening game of the doubleheader 10-0, the Springfield College baseball team nipped MIT, 2-1, to earn a key split in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday.
MIT took the first game, 10-1, behind an outstanding effort from its starting pitcher, senior Torre Swanson. In the nightcap it was Springfield that had the outstanding starting pitching effort, as sophomore Alex Williams led the Pride to a 2-1 victory.
Swanson did not allow a hit in game one until the fifth inning, setting down the first 14 hitters in a row. He went on to pick up the complete game win, allowing just three hits in seven innings, striking out three and allowing one walk.
MIT (11-12, 3-9 NEWMAC) got all the runs it would need in the first inning without the benefit of a hit. A hit batter, a walk and a dropped fly ball by the Springfield center fielder loaded the bases for junior Ricardo Perez. Springfield starter, senior Greg Marakovits hit Perez to bring in the first run before coaxing a double-play ball from the next Engineer hitter that scored the second run.
With the strong pitching of Swanson, a four-run third for MIT put the game out of reach. With one out a pair of walks set up an RBI single from Perez before a wild pitch brought home another run. Sophomore Sean Karson singled home Perez, with junior James McKinney scampering home with the final run of the inning on another wild pitch. The Engineers went on to tack on three more in the fourth and another in the fifth to complete their scoring.
Springfield's (12-10, 6-5 NEWMAC Matt Milano had two of the Pride's three hits, while Jared Hopkins added the other.
In the second game the two starters, Williams and MIT senior Chris Hendrix dueled through four scoreless innings before the Pride put the first run of the game on the board in the fifth. Quist led off with a single and was sacrificed to second for sophomore Mike McGowan, who singled in the hole between short and third to bring in the run.
MIT tied it in the bottom of the eighth when senior A.J. Hansborough led off with a single and came around to score on a one-out double by freshman Reid Bishop. Springfield answered the run in the top of the ninth, loading the bases with one out. Milano came on as a pinch hitter and delivered, lofting a sac fly to right for what proved to be the winning run.
Senior Craig Zysk gave up the tying run in the eighth, but worked around an error in the ninth to record the win. Williams went seven innings, allowing just four hits and a walk while striking out four. Hendrix was strong for MIT as well, allowing just one run on seven hits while striking out four in 6.2 innings.
MIT will host Endicott College on Monday at 3:30 p.m. in its next game, with Springfield playing at Wheaton College on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m..