Baseball Drops 9-4 Non-Conference Final to St. Joseph's (Maine)

Baseball Drops 9-4 Non-Conference Final to St. Joseph's (Maine)

THE BASICS:

- Records: MIT (4-4); St. Joseph's (Maine) (6-5)

- Scores: St. Joseph's (Maine) 9, MIT 4

- Location: Worcester, Mass. (Granger Turf Field)

- The Lead: On a blustery Sunday afternoon, the MIT baseball team dropped a 9-4 final to St. Joseph's College of Maine in a neutral site non-conference game that was played at Clark University.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The Monks opened the scoring with a pair of two-out runs in the top of the second as the inning was started with a leadoff single to center from Ben Gravel. Will Martin's double to left scored Gravel, followed by an RBI single to left center from Luke Johnson that brought in Martin.

- MIT cut the lead in half in the bottom of the frame as freshman Zach Roberts (West Chester, Pa.) drew a two-out walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Jared Schwait's (Boca Raton, Fla.) single to left sent Roberts to third as he rounded third to score once the ball was misplayed by the St. Joseph's left fielder. Schwait was thrown out though trying to run to second and the score stood at 2-1.

- In the bottom of the third, the Engineers notched the equalizer as senior Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla.) came home after one of his four hits on the day. Greenwood doubled into the right field corner and came home on a deep triple to right center from sophomore Thomas Allison (Kingwood, Texas).

- In the fifth inning, the Monks offense faced three MIT pitchers and pushed across three unearned runs to extend to a 5-2 lead. Junior Nick Charchut (Santa Monica, Calif.) eventually came in to get the final out of the inning as Jared Gagne struck out looking for the third out. For the day, Charchut went three innings in relief, scattering three hits with two earned runs and four strikeouts.

- After two more unearned runs made the score 7-2 in the top of the seventh, MIT closed to within 7-4 with one out in the bottom of the inning on a two-RBI double to right center from Allison plated sophomore Matt Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) and Greenwood. The Monks closed out the scoring in the top of the eighth though on RBI singles from Jacob White and Noah McDaniel that accounted for the 9-4 final margin.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Greenwood led all hitters with a 4-for-5 showing with two runs scored, along with two hits each from Allison and Schwait as the pair combined for four RBI. Joey Murphy was 3-for-6 with two runs scored for the Monks, along with two hits each from Gravel, White and Johnson. Gravel finished with three runs scored, while Johnson had three RBI and drew two walks.

- Freshman Casey Bussone (Danvers, Mass.) dropped to 0-1 in the loss as he went 4.1 innings, scattering six hits with two earned runs and two strikeouts. Travis Godbout moves to 1-0 for the Monks, going 2.1 innings of relief with two hits and two runs allowed.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action on Tuesday, March 27th as the Engineers return to Worcester to take on Clark University in a single NEWMAC game beginning at 3:30 p.m.

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