Brett Holmgren delivered the big hit and Davarn Nova pitched well out of the bullpen. That was enough to lift the Endicott baseball team to a first-round win in the NCAA Division 3 New England Tournament.
Holmgren hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the sixth inning and Nova was sharp in 3 2/3 innings of relief as Endicott slipped past MIT, 6-4, yesterday morning.
The Gulls will play Mitchell, a 4-3 winner over No. 1 seeded Eastern Connecticut State, today at 4:30 p.m.
Sophomore J.J. Branch started for Endicott, and the Commonwealth Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year allowed four earned runs over 5 1/3 innings. He gave up seven hits, walked two and struck out five, but left the game with the score tied at 4-4.
Holmgren broke the tie in the bottom of the sixth, driving in sophomore Cody Hall and junior Harry Oringer.
Nova pitched out of a jam in the seventh inning, struck out two batters in the eight, and allowed runners to reach first and second with just one out in the ninth before getting out of it.
Hall and Oringer each had two hits, an RBI and a run scored for Endicott (31-14). Sophomore outfielder Steve Morganelli also scored a run and contributed an RBI for the Gulls, while senior Tad Gold increased his hit streak to 16 games.