Baseball Drops 14-2 NEWMAC Final to Wheaton College

Baseball Drops 14-2 NEWMAC Final to Wheaton College

THE BASICS:

- Records: MIT (15-9, 10-4 NEWMAC); Wheaton College (17-12, 11-4 NEWMAC)

- Scores: Wheaton College 14, MIT 2

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

- The Lead: Led by seven extra-base hits and a dominant pitching performance from Dan Southerland, the Wheaton College baseball team defeated MIT by a final of 14-2 in the first of three games over the weekend. Southerland went eight innings, scattering five hits with one run as he improved to 5-1 on the season.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Wheaton got on the board first in the top of the second as Willy Boyd grounded out to second to Bryant Salkind, who had reached earlier after getting hit by a pitch. MIT answered immediately in the bottom of the frame as freshman Andrew Krause (St. Louis, Mo.) homered deep to left to tie things up at 1-1. The home run was his second of the season.

- Wheaton started a run of six straight scoring innings with two runs in the fourth, including a line drive homer to left by Ryan McKeon that made it 2-1. Matt Cook singled to right to score Boyd, who reached on a double to deep left center, and that was the end of the road for MIT starter Patrick Callahan (Vicksburg, Mich.). Callahan eventually took the loss to drop to 2-3 overall as he went 3.1 innings.

- The Lyons took advantage of five MIT walks and two errors to plate three runs in the fifth without a hit, followed by a Salkind homer to deep left center on the first pitch of the sixth for the 7-1 advantage. For Wheaton, Trevor Marques had a one-out solo homer to left in the seventh and a two-RBI double in the eighth to lead the offense as the visitors built to a 14-1 advantage. 

- MIT scored once in the ninth as Wheaton walked four Engineers, including junior Jared Schwait (Boca Raton, Fla.) with the bases loaded to bring in sophomore Thomas Allison (Kingwood, Texas) for the 14-2 final margin. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Wheaton outhit MIT by a 13-5 margin as five players had two hits, including Marques who had three RBI and Boyd who scored four times. McKeon and Salkind came in to score three times apiece, while McKeon also drew three walks. For MIT, senior Kyler Kocher (Mesa, Ariz.) had a pair of hits as he was 2-for-4.

UP NEXT:

- MIT wraps up the three-game series with Wheaton on Saturday as the Engineers travel to Norton for a NEWMAC doubleheader beginning at Noon.

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