Baseball Closes NEWMAC Slate With 9-5 Victory at Wheaton

Baseball Closes NEWMAC Slate With 9-5 Victory at Wheaton

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 9, Wheaton 5 

- Records: MIT (17-10-1, 10-7 NEWMAC); Wheaton (22-10, 12-5 NEWMAC)

- Location: Norton, Mass. (Sidell Stadium)

- The Lead: In the final NEWMAC regular-season game on Monday afternoon, the MIT baseball team took game three of the season series with Wheaton College by a 9-5 final at Sidell Stadium. With the victory, the Engineers took the series by a 2-1 margin. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- In the fourth, Wheaton got on the board with one out as a two-RBI double to left center by Matt Cook that scored Joey Santigate and Tyler Walsh for the 2-0 lead. After the two-RBI hit from Cook, MIT's Tony Rice (Colorado Springs, Colo.) came on in relief of starter Nick Charchut (Santa Monica, Calif.) after 3.1 innings with four strikeouts.

- MIT answered with a four-run top of the fifth with two outs as junior David Heller (Fair Lawn, N.J.) got the rally started with a single to second. The Engineers scored on two-RBI doubles from juniors Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz.) and Kyler Kocher (Mesa, Ariz.) to seize a 4-2 advantage. In the bottom of the frame, the Lyons also mounted a two-out rally as Zach Goodwin-Boyd homered for the second time in the series for a two-run shot to left to tie the game for the final time.

- In the top of the seventh, Zach Pipa relieved Mike Bruemmel after six innings of work as he allowed four runs and with strikeouts. Pipa gave up runs to junior Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla.) and Filiere as MIT took the lead for good by a 6-4 margin. The duo of Greenwood and Filiere scored in the eighth as well to make it an 8-4 lead, followed by a two-out run in the ninth by senior John Drago (Peoria, Ariz.) to close out the MIT scoring. In the bottom of the ninth, Wheaton pushed aside an unearned run by Goodwin-Boyd but that was not enough as MIT defeated the division-leading Lyons for the second straight game.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT's Jared Tramontano (Corona, Calif.) earned the win to improve to 3-3 as he threw 2.1 innings of relief with two hits allowed and three strikeouts. Pipa took the loss, falling to 0-1 with two runs allowed and two walks in just 0.2 innings.

- Greenwood paced the offense with a 3-for-4 performance with three runs scored and Kocher was 3-for-5 with three RBI and two doubles. Filiere finished 1-for-2 as he was walked three times to go along with two RBI and three runs scored, while Drago added two hits for the Engineers in the win.

- Goodwin-Boyd led Wheaton with a 3-for-4 performance as Nick Raposo went 2-for-4 and Cook and Jared Sharkey each had one hit and two RBI.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action on Wednesday, April 26th as the Engineers are scheduled to host Suffolk University for a 4 p.m. start at Fran O'Brien Field.

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