- Score: Springfield College 6, MIT 5
- Records: MIT (8-5, 3-2 NEWMAC); Springfield (7-5, 1-0 NEWMAC)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Fran O'Brien Field)
- The Lead: Back-to-back RBI singles in the top of the fifth and an excellent four-inning relief effort by Jack Weinberger proved to be the difference as the visiting Springfield College baseball team edged MIT, 6-5, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup on a cold Wednesday afternoon at Fran O'Brien Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Trailing 1-0 in the third, MIT took a 2-1 lead after senior John Drago (Peoria, Ariz.) roped an RBI single to right and freshman Matt Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) brought him home on a run-producing single through the left side, but in the top of the very next inning Springfield scored three to retake the advantage as the Pride never looked back in the 6-5 win.
- Springfield's three run fourth came on four hits including an RBI single to center by junior Peter Marsicano and a base knock up the middle by senior Colin King. The Pride got its third run of the frame on a balk by the Engineers and then plated two more in the top of the fifth – both on RBI base hits – to take a 6-2 lead midway through the contest.
- MIT answered in the bottom of the fifth with two runs of its own as Johnston knocked in his second run of the day on an RBI double to left center, which brought home junior Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz.). In the next at-bat, junior Max Lancaster (Attleboro, Mass.) hit the ball through the legs of the third baseman allowing Johnston to come around from second for MIT's fourth run.
- Weinberger came in for the Pride in the top of the sixth and shut down the MIT bats, with the exception of junior Kyler Kocher's (Mesa, Ariz.) solo shot over the fence in right field, which came in the bottom of the eighth. Weinberger scattered just three hits and struck out four including for the final out in the ninth to leave Springfield on top for the 6-5 NEWMAC win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Both Drago and Johnston produced a team-high three hits and one run for MIT as Johnston knocked in tow and Drago had an RBI to his credit in the game as well. Marsicano led the way for Springfield with two RBI's and a trio of hits, while King and centerfielder Chad Shade also had three base knocks for Springfield this afternoon.
- Kocher's round tripper was his third of the season and of his career as he leads the team in that category, while junior Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla.) swiped his team-best seventh base of the season. Today's three doubles from MIT came via Drago, Johnston and sophomore Alec Kushner (Cooper City, Fla.), who notched his first two-bagger of the campaign.
- Springfield starter Tyler Kelly earned the win (1-1) in five innings as he gave up four runs (three earned), seven hits, one walk and struck out four, while Weinberger earned his first save of the season on four innings, three hits, one run (earned) and four punchouts. MIT starter Jared Tramontano (Corona, Calif.) shouldered the loss (1-1) as he yielded four runs (three earned), eight hits and six strikeouts in four innings on the hill.
- Heading into today's contest, the all-time series between MIT and Springfield, which dates back to 1996, was even at 27-27. With the Pride's win today, they take the 28-27 advantage with one game left between the clubs this season coming up on Monday in western Massachusetts.
- MIT is scheduled to be back in action on Thursday, April 6th as the Engineers travel to No. 11 ranked Tufts University for a 3 p.m. start.