Baseball Defeats Springfield 16-4 For Third Straight Victory

Baseball Defeats Springfield 16-4 For Third Straight Victory

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 16, Springfield 4

- Records: MIT (11-5, 6-2 NEWMAC); Springfield (9-7, 3-2 NEWMAC)

- Location: Springfield, Mass. (Berry Allen Field)

- The Lead: Led by six scoreless innings from freshman pitcher Zachary Kopstein (Tiburon, Calif.) and a 17-hit offensive attack, the MIT baseball team ran its winning streak to three straight with a 16-4 road victory at Springfield College on Monday afternoon.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The Engineers took an early 2-0 lead over the first three innings, including a solo homer to right by junior Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla.) in the third. MIT added to that lead in the sixth with a five-run frame as NEWMAC Player of the Week Matt Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) highlighted the inning with a two-run homer to left.

- In the top of the seventh, the Engineers scored seven times to take advantage of three Springfield errors to score five unearned runs. Junior Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz.) drove in two runs with a double to left, while junior Kyler Kocher (Mesa, Ariz.) homered to right center for a two-run shot and the 14-0 advantage. Springfield cut into the lead with three runs in the bottom of the seventh, including a two-RBI double to right by Peter Marsicano that made it 14-3.

- Filiere homered for the third time this season with a two-run homer with one out in the eighth, while Springfield added a single run in the bottom of the frame for the 16-4 final margin.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT was led by a season-high four hits and five runs batted in by Filiere as he scored three times while posting a double and a home run. For the season, he has now reached base safely in all 16 games and has scored in 13 of those.

- Greenwood and Johnston each posted three hits and two runs batted in, while leadoff hitter Jared Schwait (Boca Raton, Fla.) scored three times and drew a pair of walks. Kocher and senior John Drago (Peoria, Ariz.) each had a pair of hits, along with three RBI for Kocher and two runs from Drago.

- Kopstein improved to 2-0 with the win as he allowed just three hits over six innings with no walks and seven strikeouts. Kyle Naples took the loss for the Pride, falling to 1-2 overall as he threw 5.2 innings with 11 hits and seven runs allowed.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to action at home on Tuesday, April 11th as the Engineers host WPI for a NEWMAC game beginning at 3:30 p.m. at Fran O'Brien Field.

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