Baseball Outlasts Springfield in 17-Inning Marathon, Game Two Halted Due to Darkness

Baseball Outlasts Springfield in 17-Inning Marathon, Game Two Halted Due to Darkness

THE BASICS: 

- Records: MIT (7-5, 3-1 NEWMAC); Springfield (13-4-2, 3-1 NEWMAC)

- Scores: Game One: MIT 6, Springfield 5 (17 Innings); Game Two: MIT 6, Springfield 4 (Halted After 8 Innings)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Fran O'Brien Field)

- The Lead: In the longest game in MIT baseball history, the Engineers rallied from a 5-3 deficit in the bottom of the 17th for a dramatic 6-5 walkoff home win over Springfield College on Saturday afternoon. In game two, MIT grabbed a 6-4 lead with two runs in the bottom of the eighth before the game was halted due to darkness. The game will be completed at a date to be announced.

Game One
HOW IT HAPPENED: 

- The Pride got on the board with a single run in the top of the third as Brandon Russo singled through the left side, stole second and later scored on a Jack Cooney single through the left side for the 1-0 edge. MIT answered in the bottom of the fourth with a two-out rally to tie the game at 1-1. Sophomore Matt Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) singled through the left side and moved to second on a passed ball before scoring on a slow-rolling double to right center by senior Max Lancaster (Attleboro, Mass.).

- Both teams scored in the fifth inning as Cooney reached on an error and later scored on a double down the left field line. For MIT, senior Kyler Kocher (Mesa, Ariz.) came in on a two-out bloop single to left center from junior Jared Schwait (Boca Raton, Fla.).

- The Engineers loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth before Brian Johnson induced an inning-ending double play. The Pride did the same in the top of the seventh before Lancaster caught a liner from Noah Bleakley and doubled Mark Joao off first to end the threat.

- The score remained that way until the 12th inning when the Pride took the 3-2 edge in the top of the inning. Joao reached on a one-out walk, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error before scoring on an RBI single through the left side by Bleakley. Johnston preserved the margin at just one run though as he threw Bleakley out at the plate attempting to make it a two-run game.

- In the bottom of the inning, freshman Zach Roberts (West Chester, Pa.) led off with a walk that led to Fletcher Comment coming on in relief for the Pride. Freshman Ethan Rolland (Burke, Va.) tried to sacrifice bunt Roberts over, but a throwing error by Comment put two runners on with no outs for MIT. Schwait moved the runners over on a sacrifice before Roberts scored on a throwing error by Comment to tie the game at 3-3.

- Both teams had chances over the next four innings, including in the 16 as MIT's Schwait made an incredible diving play in deep center to get Joao for the third out. The Pride did strike for two runs in the top of the seventh as Bleakley led off with a double into the right field corner and Jake Gleason reached on a walk. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runners into scoring position, freshman Tommy Hannan (San Marino, Calif.) came on in relief for the Engineers. Catcher Peter Marsicano greeted the rookie with a two-RBI singled up the middle that put the visitors up 5-3.

- In the bottom of the 17th, Schwait led off with a walk and senior Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla.) doubled to left center. Duncan Satterlee came on to pitch for Springfield as senior David Heller (Fair Lawn, N.J.) singled to right center to tie the game up at 5-5 with two RBI. Lancaster followed that with a double to left center to score Heller and set off the MIT walkoff celebration.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- For MIT, the top four hitters in the lineup combined for nine hits as Lancaster finished 3-for-8 with two RBI and Heller was 2-for-8 with a run scored and two RBI. For the Pride, four players had multiple hits including Russo at 4-for-8 and Marsicano going 3-for-8 with two RBI. 

- Pitching was outstanding for both teams as MIT received strong outings from Greenwood, sophomore Jared Tramontano (Corona, Calif.) and junior Zeke Long (Albuquerque, N.M.) as the trio combined for 16 strikeouts. Hannan earned the win though, going the final 0.2 innings with a strikeout to improve to 1-0. For the Pride, Johnson went seven strong with six hits and two runs and four strikeouts. Cole Donovan threw four innings and Jack Weinberger went 4.1 innings before giving way to Satterlee.

Game Two
HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The Pride took an early 1-0 lead on a Chad Shade run after he reached on a leadoff single to center. MIT countered with a run in the bottom of the second as Lancaster came home on a single up the middle on a hit and run by junior Alec Kushner (Cooper City, Fla.).

- Springfield used three hits and an MIT error to take a 4-1 lead in the third before the Engineers cut the lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth on a run from Johnston. MIT tied things up with a pair or unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh by Rolland and Kushner that made the score 4-4.

- In the eighth, Johnston scored on a single off the left field wall from Kushner to take the 5-4 lead and Lancaster later scored on a double play for the 6-4 margin before the game was halted.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action on Monday, April 2nd as the Engineers travel to Eastern Connecticut for a 4 p.m. non-conference start.

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