Baseball Downs Coast Guard for 16-4 Road NEWMAC Final

Baseball Downs Coast Guard for 16-4 Road NEWMAC Final

THE BASICS:

- Records: MIT (12-5, 7-1 NEWMAC); U.S. Coast Guard Academy (6-13, 0-9 NEWMAC)

- Scores: MIT 16, U.S. Coast Guard Academy 4

- Location: New London, Conn. (Nitchman Field)

- The Lead: On Tuesday afternoon, the MIT baseball team ran its winning streak to eight straight with 16-4 road win at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. The win moves the Engineers to 12-5 overall and 7-1 in league play as MIT sits atop the NEWMAC's East Division standings.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Coast Guard jumped on the board in the bottom of the first on an RBI single to left by Jon Pressley that scored Luke Thompson with an unearned run. Thompson led off the inning and reached on an error before giving the hosts the early 1-0 edge.

- The Engineers answered with a two-out rally in the top of the second as a double from sophomore Trey Roberts (Cedar Park, Texas) scored freshman Ethan Rolland (Burke, Va.) and junior Alec Kushner (Cooper City, Fla.) to put MIT up 2-1. Coast Guard quickly tied the game in the third with a two-out situation of its own as Jeremy Lohtka doubled to left to plate Will Stephens.

- MIT regained the lead with a three-run fourth on just one hit as the Engineers took advantage of four Coast Guard walks and a number of wild pitches to jump out to a 5-2 lead. Senior David Heller (Fair Lawn, N.J.) scored his 22nd run of the season to cap off the scoring in the fourth as he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

- In the bottom of the sixth, the Bears had runners at the corners with one out after back-to-back singles started the inning. Two fly outs and a strikeout by MIT freshman pitcher Casey Bussone (Danvers, Mass.) got the Engineers out of the jam though and preserved the 5-2 lead heading to the seventh.

- MIT added a run with two outs in the seventh as sophomore Thomas Allison (Kingwood, Texas) homered to left to make it a 6-2 margin. The Engineers put together four runs in the eighth and six runs in the ninth to put the game out of reach for the 16-4 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- For MIT, Bussone went six innings and gave up two runs on five hits as he improves to 2-1 on the season. For Coast Guard, Walter Harris took the loss to fall to 1-3 as he went four innings with five earned runs allowed, three strikeouts and five walks.

- Rolland was 4-for-6 with four runs scored to lead the MIT offense, while Lhotka was 3-for-4 for with two RBI. MIT senior Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla.) also became the first MIT player to reach the 200-hit mark for his career.

- MIT is receiving votes for the second straight week in the ABCA/Collegiate Baseball Division III National Poll and is ranked No. 7 in this week's NEIBA Regional Poll.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to action at home on Wednesday, April 11th as the Engineers host Clark University for a 3:30 p.m. start at Fran O'Brien Field.

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