- Score: MIT 8, Roger Williams 4
- Records: MIT (14-9-1); Roger Williams (10-20)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Fran O'Brien Field)
- The Lead: Led by four players with two hits each, the MIT baseball team got back in the win column with an 8-4 home win over Roger Williams University on a windy Wednesday afternoon at Fran O'Brien Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- After junior Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla.) reached on a leadoff single to center and scored as junior Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz.) launched his seventh home run of the season to left for the 2-0 advantage. The Hawks answered with a single run in the top of the second as Sean Gaffney's RBI single to left scored Eli Camner to cut the lead in half.
- In the bottom of the inning, the Engineers put together a four-run frame and chased RWU starter Jack Rooney from the game with the bases loaded. After Kaelan Rayner came on in relief, Filiere greeted him with a two-RBI double to left center, along with a two-RBI single to right later in the inning by junior Kyler Kocher (Mesa, Ariz.) to put the game out of reach at 6-1.
- Freshman Tony Rice (Colorado Springs, Colo.) came into the game in relief of MIT starter Nick Charchut (Santa Monica, Calif.) to start the fourth after Charchut allowed three hits and one run over three innings of work. The Hawks did pick up a single run in the inning as Shane Nowak scored on a Camner sacrifice fly to center to make it 6-2.
- In the seventh, the hosts had five hits that included RBI singles by sophomore Alec Kushner (Cooper City, Fla.) and junior Max Lancaster (Attleboro, Mass.) to push the lead back up to 8-2 with two innings to go. The Hawks closed out the scoring in the eighth as Camner and Chris Bosco scored on unearned runs for the 8-4 final.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Filiere was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI, while Kocher, junior David Heller (Fair Lawn, N.J.) and junior Kevin Cuneo (Beverly, Mass.) registered two hits each. Camner paced the RWU offense as he was 2-for-2 with three runs scored, along with a pair of hits by second baseman Tyler Brett.
- Rice earned the win for MIT to move to 2-0 with four innings of four-hit relief to go along with four strikeouts.
- Rooney took the loss for Roger Williams to drop to 0-1 as he gave up four hits and five runs with four walks in 1.1 innings. Rayner came on for 5.2 innings of relief, scattering nine hits with three runs, three strikeouts and no walks.
- MIT is back in action on Thursday, April 20th as the Engineers host Emerson for a 3:30 p.m. NEWMAC contest.