- Score: MIT 7, Wesleyan 4
- Records: MIT (21-11-1); Wesleyan (17-14)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Fran O'Brien Field)
- The Lead: On Senior Day on Tuesday afternoon, the MIT baseball team jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and held on for a 7-4 non-conference victory over Wesleyan University at Fran O'Brien Field. Prior to the start of the game, the Engineers honored the 2017 Senior Class for their contributions to the program over their MIT careers.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT put three runs on the scoreboard with two outs in the first, including the first on a hit-and-run for the 1-0 lead. With junior Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla.) on first, junior Kyler Kocher (Mesa, Ariz.) laced a double to right that scored Greenwood, who was off on the pitch. Senior John Drago (Peoria, Ariz.) singled for the next run as Kocher came around and scored as the catcher dropped the ball at the plate. Kocher scored himself one batter later on a hard shot to center by junior Max Lancaster (Attleboro, Mass.) for the RBI.
- The Engineers added single runs in the second and third innings, including an RBI on a fielder's choice by junior Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz.) that scored junior David Heller (Fair Lawn, N.J.). The RBI was Filiere's 40th of the season as he has now reached base safely in 61 straight games, which is the third-longest streak in NCAA Division III history.
- The Cardinals got on the board with one out in the top of the fourth as Danny Rose, who reached via a single to left field, came home on a throwing error on a close play at first. After a bases loaded walk closed the margin to 5-2, the Engineers induced a 4-6-3 double play to get out of the inning. MIT answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth on the fifth home run of the season from freshman Matt Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) as his two-run shot made it 7-2.
- Wesleyan posted one run in the seventh on a two-out balk that scored Nick Miceli, followed by a long home run to left with two outs in the eighth by Alec Olmstead to close within 7-4. The game remained that way the rest of the way, including the ninth as Greenwood set down the Cardinals in order on 10 pitches to earn his second save of the season.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Freshman Jared Tramontano (Corona, Calif.) improved to 4-3 on the season as he went five innings, allowing just three hits with five strikeouts and two runs allowed. Asher Young took the loss for Wesleyan, falling to 2-2 as he went four innings with eight hits and seven runs allowed.
- Johnston and Drago were each 3-for-5 on the day, while Johnston had two RBI and Drago scored a pair of runs.
- MIT is back in action on Wednesday, May 3rd as the Engineers travel to Endicott College for a non-conference matchup beginning at 6 p.m. in Beverly, Mass.