Baseball Drops 5-1 Non-Conference Final to Worcester State

Baseball Drops 5-1 Non-Conference Final to Worcester State

THE BASICS:

- Records: MIT (13-6); Worcester State (8-16)

- Scores: Worcester State 5, MIT 1

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

- The Lead: On Thursday afternoon, the MIT baseball team dropped a 5-1 final to Worcester State in a non-conference matchup at Fran O'Brien Field. The loss snaps MIT's nine-game winning streak as the Engineers lost for the first time since March 27th.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Both pitchers started off strong as the game remained scoreless through the first four innings. The Engineers had runners in scoring position in three of the first four innings, but were kept off the scoreboard each time by the pitching of Ryan Belinskas.

- Freshman Travis Hank (Chicago, Ill.) came on in the fifth in relief of MIT starter Zeke Long (Albuquerque, N.M.) and the Lancers struck for two runs in the inning. Sam Allen doubled to left with one out and moved to third on a passed ball before scoring on a Ben Palatino single through the first side. Palatino also scored later in the inning for the 2-0 edge.

- The score remained at 2-0 until Worcester State put the game out of reach with three runs in the eighth that extended the lead to 5-0. The Lancers used four stolen bases and a walk to key the inning that included a two-RBI single to right center by Jake Breton. MIT pushed a run across in the bottom of the ninth as freshman Andrew Krause (St. Louis, Mo.) scored on a fielding error before Belinskas induced a groundout to close out the 5-1 final.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Belinskas improved to 1-2 in a complete-game performance, scattering five hits with eight strikeouts and two walks. Breton was 2-for-5 with two RBI for the Lancers, while Palatino scored twice and drew three walks. 

- MIT was led by a 2-for-4 performance by senior Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla.) as he has now reached base safely in every game this year and has an eight-game hit streak.

- Hank took the loss to fall to 0-1 as he allowed two runs on three hits with three strikeouts after long struck out five in four scoreless innings by Long.

- 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 resumes NEWMAC play this weekend with a three-game series with Babson College. Game one is slated for a 3:30 p.m. start in Cambridge on Friday afternoon, followed by a Saturday doubleheader at Babson. The series is a rematch of last year's NEWMAC Championship Series.

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