- Score: Game One: MIT 7, Babson 5; Game Two: Babson 8, MIT 3
- Records: MIT (13-8-1, 7-5 NEWMAC); Babson (12-11, 6-4 NEWMAC)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Fran O'Brien Field)
- The Lead: In a NEWMAC doubleheader on a blustery Saturday afternoon, the MIT and Babson College baseball teams split the pair to wrap up the three-game series between the teams. MIT rallied to take game one by a 7-5 final, while Babson claimed game two by an 8-3 margin to take the series, 2-1.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In the first, junior Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz.) doubled down the left field line with one out and later scored on a single up the middle by junior Kyler Kocher (Mesa, Ariz.). The Engineers pushed the lead to 2-0 later in the inning as junior Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla.) came across for an unearned run.
- Babson answered in the top of the second as DH Ryan Arena took a 1-0 pitch over the left field fence for his fifth homer of the year to cut the lead in half. The Beavers tied the game on a hit-and-run in the third as Brian McHale drove in Jake Weiss for the 2-2 score. Babson took its first lead of the game in the third as Adam Ayala scored for the 3-2 edge, but Filiere made two outstanding defensive plays to end the threat.
- After MIT tied the game on an RBI double to left center by sophomore Alec Kushner (Cooper City, Fla.), the Beavers answered with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to seize a 5-3 lead. The Engineers loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the sixth as Filiere came to the plate. On a 2-0 pitch, Filiere launched his team-leading fifth home run of the year deep over the left field wall for the grand slam and the 7-5 lead.
- Sophomore Jack Murphy (Pleasanton, Calif.) came on in relief in the eighth, followed by Greenwood later in the ninth to earn his first save of the season.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Sophomore Patrick Callahan (Vicksburg, Mich.) picked up the win for MIT to improve to 4-0 as he went seven innings, scattering seven hits with five runs, three walks and one strikeout. Murphy and Greenwood combined for two innings of one-hit relief with a pair of strikeouts.
- Teddy Carey took the loss for the Beavers, dropping to 3-3 overall as he went 5.1 innings with seven hits, seven runs, three walks and six strikeouts.
- Offensively, Filiere led MIT with a 2-for-4 outing with two runs scored and four RBI. Greenwood and Kushner also had two hits each as the Engineers outhit Babson 9-8 in game one. For the Beavers, both McHale and Weiss ended the game with two hits each, while Weiss also drew a pair of walks.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In game two, Filiere reached on a one-out single to center and later scored on a Kocher sacrifice fly to center for the 1-0 lead. Babson answered with a sacrifice of its own in the top of the third as Weiss scored to tie things up at 1-1. MIT regained the lead in the fifth with a pair of the Engineers loaded the bases with one out and brought in two on a two-RBI single to right from Kocher.
- The Beavers loaded the bases with one out in the sixth, forcing MIT starter Zachary Kopstein (Tiburon, Calif.) from the game after a 92-pitch outing. Babson pulled within one on a fielder's choice run on the next batter, followed by a heads-up base running play by Jack Halpin as he crossed before teammate Eric Jaun was tagged out in a run down between first and second.
- Babson took the lead for good in the seventh with a pair, including an RBI single from Weiss and an unearned run off an MIT throwing error for the 5-3 edge. The Beavers added one more in the eighth with two outs, followed by an RBI double by Arena and a single by Mark Webber in the ninth to account for the 8-3 final.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Michael Genaro was the winning pitcher for Babson as he scattered nine hits with three runs, no walks and three strikeouts in a 116-pitch outing. Freshman Jared Tramantano (Corona, Calif.) took the loss for MIT in 1.2 innings of relief as he fell to 1-3 on the season. Kopstein went the first 5.1 innings, giving up eight hits with three runs, one walk and a pair of strikeouts.
- Greenwood went 3-for-4 at the plate, while Filiere was 2-for-4 with two runs and Kocher was 2-for-3 with three RBI. Four different Beavers had two hits, including the trio of Weiss, Halpin Arena that also each scored twice.
- After reaching base successfully in both games of the doubleheader, MIT's Filiere now has a 10-game hitting streak and has reached base in his last 51 straight games.
- MIT is back in action on Tuesday, April 18th as the Engineers travel to WPI for a 3:30 p.m. start.