MIT baseball falls to Brandeis in ninth inning

Parker Tew scores two runs for the Engineers in Tuesday’s non-conference game

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Michael A. Wymer ’16 pitches in the 10th inning after the MIT baseball game had been tied by a 2-run home run from Kendall L. Helbert ’16 in the 9th. The Engineers defeated UMass Boston 4-3 at Briggs Field on Thursday, April 25 in the 11th inning after James R. McKinney ’13 hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th.
Vanessa Trevino—The Tech

Brandeis University received a one-out, walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the ninth from Liam O’Connor that lifted the Judges to a 3-2 win over MIT in non-conference baseball action. Brandeis’ starter, Mike Swedloff, held MIT in check all day and threw a complete game, three hitter to pick up the victory. Parker A. Tew ’15 had a pair of hits and scored both runs for the Engineers.

MIT (22-9) scored in the first when Tew led off the game with a single, moved to second on a ground out and then came around to score when Hayden K. Cornwell ’15 delivered a two-out RBI single up the middle.

From there, however, Swedloff was in complete control for Brandeis (15-20) and did not allow another hit until Tew singled with one out in the eighth inning. The only other run that the Engineers could come up with was an unearned tally in the third inning. With one out, Tew drew a walk and then moved over to second on a sacrifice by James R. McKinney ’13. Tew then came all the way around to score when a ground ball to first off the bat of Creed J. Mangrum ’14 was misplayed for an error.

For MIT, Nicholas J. Locascio ’16 gave up just one hit over the first two innings before Brandeis broke through for a run in the third inning. Brandeis’ Pat Seaward led off with a single and moved up a base on consecutive ground outs to shortstop. O’Connor then came up with the two-out RBI, getting a single through the right side to make it a 2-1 ball game. Locascio finished by going six innings and scattering eight hits, surrendering just one run while striking out two.

Michael A. Wymer ’16 took over for Locascio and walked Dylan Britton from Brandeis to start the inning. After getting sacrificed to second, Britton moved to third and then scored on a pair of wild pitches to tie the game.

Brandeis threatened in the eighth inning, getting a pair of one-out singles that brought in Henry Zhu ’13 from the bullpen. Hsu relieved the Engineers by getting a pair of ground outs to end the imminent threat, but ran into trouble in the ninth inning. Zhu struck out the first hitter he faced but then gave up a double to Chris Ferro before O’Connor picked up the game-winning hit and his second RBI of the game to end the matchup.