- Score: Game One: MIT 14, Stevens 0; Game Two: Oglethorpe 8, MIT 3
- Records: MIT (2-2); Stevens (4-8-1); Oglethorpe (7-9)
- Location: Atlanta, Ga. (Anderson Field)
- The Lead: On Friday afternoon in Atlanta, the MIT baseball team picked up a doubleheader split as the Engineers took on Stevens and Oglethorpe University at Anderson Field. The Engineers defeated Stevens by a 14-0 final in game one, while the Stormy Petrels took the nightcap from MIT by an 8-3 margin.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- After jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, the Engineers exploded for a seven-run second inning for the 9-0 advantage. Freshman Thomas Allison (Kingwood, Texas) started things with a monster home run to left on the first pitch he saw for the 3-0 lead. Sophomore Jared Schwait (Boca Raton, Fla.) doubled to deep center to drive in two, while junior Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz.) and senior John Drago (Peoria, Ariz.) each had RBI extra-base hits in the frame.
- In the third, junior Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla.) tripled to right to plate Schwait, while Filiere's single down the left field line made it 11-0. MIT added two runs in the bottom of the seventh, followed by another near 400-foot home run by Allison to account for the 14-0 final.
- MIT sophomore pitcher Patrick Callahan (Vicksburg, Mich.) picked up the win to improve to 1-0 as he went five strong innings, scattering three hits and picking up four strikeouts. Freshman Zachary Kopstein (Tiburon, Calif.) went the final four frames for the Engineers in his first career appearance, allowing just one hit with four strikeouts of his own.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- MIT pounded out 11 hits in game one, including three players with two hits apiece. Greenwood led the charge with a 2-for-4 day with three runs scored and three RBI, while Schwait scored four and drew four walks. Filiere and Allison also reached base safely four times as they each had a pair of hits and a pair of walks.
- Ryan Larsen took the loss for the Ducks in one inning of work, allowing two runs and walking two. Overall, Stevens had six pitchers throw on the day as the Engineers drew nine walks. Shaye Bartnick and Patrick Rood each posted doubles for Stevens in the loss.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In game two, MIT jumped out to an early 1-0 edge as Allison scored on a wild pitch in the top of the second. The Engineers added to that lead in the fifth as Drago got hung up in a run down between first and second, allowing Filiere to come home from third for the 2-0 edge.
- The Stormy Petrels struck back in the bottom of the fifth however with a pair of unearned runs to tie things at 2-2. Oglethorpe put together three-run innings in both the sixth and seventh to push to an 8-2 lead, including a two-RBI single up the middle by Matt Motz in the sixth and a two-run homer to left in the seventh from Jarvis Miller.
- Drago drew a bases loaded walk in the top of the ninth to cut the edge down to 8-3 as junior Kevin Cuneo (Beverly, Mass.) came home. Oglethorpe reliever Justin Thigpen came on for the final out though to preserve the five-run victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Freshman Jared Tramontano (Corona, Calif.) went 4.2 innings in his first career start, picking up eight strikeouts in the no-decision. Junior Zach Michaud (Moorestown, N.J.) took the loss in 1.1 innings of relief to drops to 0-1 on the season, while freshman Trey Roberts (Cedar Park, Texas) threw a scoreless eighth inning from the Engineers. Caleb Feibus was the winning pitcher for the Stormy Petrels, going 3.2 innings of relief to move to 1-0 overall.
- Allison went 2-for-3 in the loss, while Oglethorpe had two-hit performances from Motz and Sam Held.
- MIT is back in action on Saturday, March 18th as the Engineers take on Oglethorpe for a single game beginning at 3 p.m. in Atlanta.