With Help of Mistakes, Baseball Comes From Behind to Beat Rams

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Steven M. Nunez '09 prepares to pitch on Friday, May 4, in a game against Newbury College.
Gheorghe Chistol—The Tech

Richard D. Kosoglow '08 capped his third year donning the Cardinal and Gray with the best start of his career as he allowed only one earned run in a completing-game victory for MIT this Sunday. The Tech bats also orchestrated several key hits against Suffolk staff ace Reid Jackson and the Engineers hung on to defeat the Rams, 8-5.

Suffolk (21-13) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first behind a run-scoring single by Tom Kelly and an error on a stolen base attempt, but the Engineers (17-16) quickly leveled the score with two runs in the second. Stewart J. Park '10 sparked the attack with a bloop double in shallow left center that scored Stephen C. Toth '09. During the ensuing at bat, Park advanced to third on a wild pitch before coming home on an errant throw to the third base.

Anthony Iacopucci plated Suffolk's second run of a two-run third with a single to left field, although both of the Rams' runs in the frame were unearned as the MIT infield committed two errors against successive batters early in the inning.

Trailing 4-2, MIT scored four times in the bottom half of the third and grabbed a lead it wouldn't relinquish for the rest of the afternoon. Thomas M. Phillips '09 and David M. Nole '09 opened the inning with back-to-back doubles, while Steven M. Nunez '09 drove home a run after lining a single to right center. Like Kosoglow, Jackson's effort on the mound was hampered by costly infield mistakes which resulted in only two earned runs for MIT.

After the fourth, Kosoglow (2-1) proved to be incredibly effective against the Suffolk lineup as he allowed just two base runners the rest of the way. The junior righty scattered eight singles and struck out three while only walking one. Jackson (6-2) was shouldered with only his second loss of the season after allowing two earned runs in seven innings pitched.

Ahead 6-5, the Engineers put the game out of reach as Matthew D. Loper '09 smacked a two-run home run over the fence in right center. Loper finished two-for-four with two runs and two RBI. Nunez and Phillips also sacked a pair of hits, while Kelly was the only other Suffolk player to score a multi-hit game after closing two-for-four from the clean-up spot.