Toll Leads Bears to Split at MIT
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Senior Nolan Gallagher's RBI single in the fifth broke a 1-1 tie as Coast Guard beat MIT 2-1 in the first game of a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader before the Engineers won the night cap 12-2 to salvage a split.
Senior Nate Toll pitched brilliantly in the opener as he went six and one third innings and allowed just one unearned run on six hits while walking two and striking out four to improve to 3-2 on the season. Senior Derek Petty came on with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh and got a strikeout and flyout to register his first save of the season.
MIT scored a run in the fourth to break the scoreless tie before the Bears answered with two runs in the top of the fifth. Senior Joe Petry singled before senior Eric Gerken's RBI double to center tied the game 1-1. Gerken moved to third on a wild pitch and came around on Gallagher's single.
Gerken had two of Coast Guard's five hits in the win.
In the night cap, MIT scored three runs in the first and leading 4-1 in the seventh, the Engineers scored three in the seventh and five more in the eighth to put the game away.
MIT Aric Dama went the distance and allowed just four hits and a pair of earned runs while walking two and fanning eight to get the win.
Senior Riley Beecher (4-2) went seven innings and allowed seven hits and four earned runs with two walks and two strikeouts in taking the loss for Coast Guard.
Gerken had two more hits in the game two loss. Sophomore Tim Betts had a sacrifice fly in the fifth and senior Mike Massaro had an RBI double in the ninth to account for the two Coast Guard runs.
Coast Guard improves to 17-11 overall and 7-6 in conference play while MIT is now 16-5 overall and 11-3 in the NEWMAC. The Bears are three games up in the loss column with five to play to clinch a spot in the NEWMAC tournament.
The two teams will complete the three-game weekend series on Sunday at noon with a single game at the Coast Guard Academy.