Baseball Opens NEWMAC Play With Road Sweep of WPI

Baseball Opens NEWMAC Play With Road Sweep of WPI

THE BASICS:

- Records: MIT (4-3, 2-0 NEWMAC); WPI (7-9, 0-2 NEWMAC)

- Scores: Game One: MIT 8, WPI 5; Game Two: MIT 11, WPI 3

- Location: Northborough, Mass. (New England Baseball Complex - Field 1)

- The Lead: In the NEWMAC opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon, the MIT baseball team defeated WPI in a doubleheader at the New England Baseball Complex as the Engineers earned an 8-5 win in game one, followed by an 11-3 victory in second game.

Game One
HOW IT HAPPENED: 

- In game one, WPI took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Ryan Tropeano reached on a leadoff hit by pitch, stole second and third and eventually scored on a one-out single to center by Matt Howard. MIT countered in the top of the third as senior Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla.) took an 0-2 pitch over the right field wall for a solo home run that tied the game at 1-1. 

- MIT blew the game open with a five-run fifth inning to jump out to the 6-1 lead. Senior David Heller (Fair Lawn, N.J.) sparked the rally with a one-out triple off the left center field wall and later scored on a WPI throwing error. The major damage was done in the inning by freshman Zach Roberts (West Chester, Pa.) as his bases-clearing triple with two outs helped the visitors seize the five-run lead. 

- The Engineers added two more runs in the top of the sixth as Greenwood scored on a passed ball and Heller scored an unearned run. WPI chipped away at the MIT lead and closed to within 8-4 in the eighth after a two-RBI triple to left center from Tyrone Patterson. Austin Lindner came home on a fielder's choice in the ninth for WPI to narrow the gap to 8-5 before MIT got out of the jam to take the win. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:  

- Johnston finished the game 3-for-4 to lead the offense, while Greenwood was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Roberts was 2-for-4 with three RBI. 

- For WPI, Patterson finished 3-for-4 with three RBI to go along with a 2-for-4 showing by Howard. 

- Greenwood earned the win for MIT to improve to 1-0 on the season, lasting 5.2 innings and scattering four hits with two runs allowed and five strikeouts. Steven D'Agostino fell to 2-2 for WPI, surrendering eight hits and six runs in 4.2 innings with six strikeouts and three walks. 

Game Two
HOW IT HAPPENED:

- WPI took a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first in game two as Tyrone Patterson scored on an Evan Lacroix single up the middle, followed by an unearned run by Lacroix. Seniors Max Lancaster (Attleboro, Mass.) and Kyler Kocher (Mesa, Ariz.) scored in the top of the second for MIT though as the game headed to the third tied at 2-2.

- MIT used the long ball over the next two innings to seize a 9-2 advantage as sophomore Matt Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) launched a two-run homer to left for the 4-2 edge. Sophomore Thomas Allison (Kingwood, Texas) homered to right for the 5-2 edge, followed by a two-run homer to cap off the top of the fourth for the 9-2 lead.

- Heller scored a pair of runs for MIT in the sixth and eighth, while Tropeano came around on a Nick Rath sacrifice fly for WPI in the eighth to account for the 11-3 final.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Allison paced the MIT offense with a 2-for-5 showing with four RBI and two runs scored. Junior Alec Kushner (Cooper City, Fla.) finished with a pair of hits, while Heller scored four runs and drew three walks.

- Junior Patrick Callahan (Vicksburg, Mich.) evened his record at 1-1 overall with a six-inning performance for MIT. He scattered five hits and one earned run while striking out four and allowing two walks. For WPI, Doug Rives dropped to 1-1 after going 3.2 innings and allowed eight hits and nine runs with three strikeouts and three walks.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action on Sunday, March 25th as the Engineers will take on St. Joseph's (Maine) in a non-conference game that will take place at 4 p.m. at Clark University in Worcester, Mass.

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