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Golden Bears Outhit MIT (10-6) but Comeback Bid Falls Short in Non-Conference Tilt, 5-4

Golden Bears Outhit MIT (10-6) but Comeback Bid Falls Short in Non-Conference Tilt, 5-4
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--Seniors Steve Buckley, Matt Anziano and junior Kevin Marciano led Western New England's 10-hit offense with two apiece, but host MIT was able to hold on to a 5-4 non-conference baseball game on Wednesday at Briggs Field. The Golden Bears fall to 14-15 overall while the Engineers now stand at 18-9.

Parker Tew, who went 3-for-4, hit his second double of the game to bring in the game-tying and go-ahead runs in the bottom of the fifth inning for MIT. Two batters later, Hayden Cornwell had run-scoring single to shortstop to make it 4-2 and Reid Bishop knocked in an insurance run on a fielder's choice to cap the four-run frame.

The Golden Bears, however, clawed back with a pair of runs on three hits in the eighth. Marciano and Anziano opened the stanza with singles. After the first out, Buckley singled to load the bases. Then reigning Commonwealth Coast Conference Player of the Week Eduardo Colmenares was credited with a run batted in, plating Marciano, after reaching on a fielding error by the first baseman. Anziano also scored, unearned, from second on the play.

That was all that WNE would get, however, as junior Alan Wang got the final two outs to extinguish the rally. Junior Eric Tu came on in the ninth for MIT and allowed a walk, but struck out the side to record the save.

Western New England scratched across a run in the first to take an early lead. With one down Anziano was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a base hit by junior Doug Milne. A wild pitch put the runners and second and third for Buckley who singled to left to plate the run. MIT got the run back in the bottom of the second when freshman Garrett Greenwood started a two-out rally with a base hit. He moved up to second on a wild pitch and then scored on a single to right off the bat of senior Karl Sorensen.

A run in the third gave WNE the lead back, as a pair of singles and a ground out put runners on the corners for Milne, whose groundout to first scored the run. That would be all that MIT starter, freshman Will Loucks would give up as he went six innings and scattered seven hits to pick up the victory.

Western New England will play again on Friday when it will travel to non-conference Bridgewater State University for a 3:30 p.m. matchup. MIT will play again tomorrow, hosting UMass Boston at 3:30 at Briggs Field.

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(Editor's note: MIT Athletic Communications Office contributed to this game recap.)
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