Baseball Finishes Season 6-4 After Dropping Double HeaderBy Ethan T. Goetz
The varsity baseball team ended their fall schedule last weekend, winning one of three games to finish with a record of 6-4.
On Friday, October 1, the Engineers squared off against Massassoit Community College, typically a team with big size and the ability to swing the sticks. But the Engineers came out hungry and took an early lead. Timothy J. Gilmartin ’01 put MIT on the board early with an RBI single to center in the first, driving in Ethan T. Goetz ’00.
Robert L. Wieker ’03 started on the hill for the Engineers and pitched well early. Massassoit reached Wieker for a few in the third and fourth, and Christopher J. Albrecht ’00 relieved Wieker (5 innings pitched, 2 earned runs) to start the 6th.
All season long the sixth inning has been an explosive one for MIT, and this day proved to be no different as the Engineers rallied for 7 runs. Peter J. Wermuth ’00 started it off after reaching after being hit by a pitch and swiping a bag. Jay T. Jones ’03 knocked him in with a double down the left field line. Miguel Rivera ’03 followed with an RBI single to center and Wieker proceeded to draw a base on balls. Gregory W. Donaldson ’00 was then hit by a pitch, and Goetz drew a bases loaded walk, tying the score at 4. Gilmartin and Ahren Lembke-Windler ’00 each knocked in a run with groundballs, and the Engineers tacked on a few more with a double by David M. Piho ’00 and a slew of Massassoit errors.
So after another miraculous 6th inning, the score stood 8-4 in favor of MIT. That would prove to more than enough for Albrecht, who continued to sit Massassoit hitters down with his side-arm cut fastball. Albrecht finished the game with 4 shutout innings (and a 0.00 ERA for the season), picking up his second win in the process.
Bentley College sweeps MIT in DH
Two days later on Sunday, the Engineers travelled to Bentley College for a doubleheader. It was the first time this fall that MIT was not playing on their home turf, and our boys were met with an enormous Bentley squad of more than 30 players. The Engineers nonetheless struck first. With two down in the first and a man on base, Piho kept things going with a single to left, and Windler then got MIT on the board with an RBI groundball single up the middle. With a 1-0 lead, Jason E. Szuminski took the mound. Bentely tied the game in the first and continued to tack on runs in the next few innings. Bentley’s attack basically consisted of groundball singles just out of the reach of MIT’s infield, but this gave Bentley a big lead.
The score stood at 8-1 in the 5th when Piho and Windler struck again. With no one on base, Piho ripped a double past the diving third baseman, and Windler followed with a double to deep right-center cutting the margin to 8-2.
By the 8th it was 12-2, but MIT tried to hang tough. Gilmartin led off with a double down the right field line, and two outs later Windler picked up his third RBI of the game with an infield single. With the score 12-3 in the top of the ninth, MIT went down fighting as they tacked on one more to make the final score 12-4. Szuminski pitched a complete game, but was credited with his second loss of the fall.
Game two sees comeback attempt
In game two, Windler got the nod to start, but got little support for the Engineers’ bats. Bentley picked up 4 runs in the fourth and added on 2 more in the seventh, leaving MIT down 6-0 in the eighth. This is when the comeback kids came alive.
After two quick outs to start the eighth, Jones started everything with a walk. Goetz then singled to center, and Gilmartin loaded the bases with a walk. James R. McDonald ’01 then brought MIT back into the game with a 2-run single to left.
After getting behind in the count 0-2, Piho singled to left, scoring Gilmartin. The 2-out rally had produced 3 runs, and Windler shut down Bentley in the bottom half of the eighth. With just 3 outs to score 3 runs, MIT pulled all the stops.
With one out, Albrecht singled to center but was cut down attempting to steal second. This left the Engineers with one out left. Jason C. Andrews ’03 walked and Brian Furgala ’02 kept MIT alive with a double to right center. Wermuth brought the Engineers within one with a single to short right field, and represented the tying run now at first base. Bentley’s closer apparently had enough, though, and ended the rally and the game with a strikeout. Windler pitched a complete game, but took the loss to fall to 2-1 for the fall.