Baseball Opens With Doubleheader Split at Texas Lutheran

Baseball Opens With Doubleheader Split at Texas Lutheran

THE BASICS:

- Score: Game One: MIT 3, Texas Lutheran 2; Game Two: Texas Lutheran 8, MIT 4 

- Records: MIT (1-1); Texas Lutheran (8-6)

- Location: San Marcos, Texas (San Marcos Toyota Rattler Stadium)

- The Lead: On Sunday afternoon, the MIT baseball team captured game one by a 3-2 final before Texas Lutheran took game two by an 8-4 score to pick up the split. The series was postponed a day due to heavy rains in Texas on Saturday afternoon and moved to San Marcos High School. Both MIT and Texas Lutheran are receiving votes in the most recent D3baseball.com Top 25 National Poll.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
Game One

- Senior lefty David Hesslink (San Diego, Calif.) threw a complete game with five strikeouts in game one as MIT rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat Texas Lutheran in game one of a Sunday doubleheader.

- The Bulldogs scored a pair in the bottom of the first as Thomas Varner and Sami Resendez drove in runs for the hosts. Riley Schaefer came home on Varner's single to the pitcher, while Varner later scored on an RBI groundout for the early lead.

- The score remained at 2-0 in favor of the Bulldogs until the top of the fifth as a David Heller (Fair Lawn, N.J.) sacrifice fly brought home junior Max Lancaster (Attleboro, Mass.) to cut the lead in half. Lancaster reached on a single back to the pitcher earlier in the inning before coming home on Heller's sacrifice fly, which was the second out of the frame.

- In the top of the sixth, leadoff hitter Jared Schwait (Boca Raton, Fla.) homered to center to lead off the inning and pull the Engineers even at 2-2. Junior shortstop Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz.) put the Engineers out in front for good with a solo shot to left center as the Engineers took game one 3-2.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Hesslink went the distance, scattering five hits over seven innings with five strikeouts and one walk to improve to 1-0 on the season. With the win, Hesslink is now one win shy of tying the MIT career record for wins as he has 20 victories for Engineers over his career.

- MIT outhit the Bulldogs by a 6-5 margin, while Filiere's home run was the 27th of his career. For Schwait, his home run was the first of his career after appearing in 27 games as a freshman.

- For Texas Lutheran, Colby Schrade led the offense with a 2-for-3 showing, while Nathan Malinovsky took the loss on the mound to fall to 1-3 on the season. Over seven innings, he scattered six hits with nine strikeouts and no walks.

Game Two
HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The Bulldogs earned the doubleheader split as the hosts rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to take the 8-4 final from MIT. The Engineers got on the board right away as freshman Matt Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) doubled to left center to score both Filiere and Garrett Greenwood for the 2-0 lead. Filiere reached earlier in the inning on a walk, while Greenwood doubled down the left field line for the first of his two hits on the afternoon.

- Keaton Boysen tripled to right center in the bottom of the frame to score Colby Schrade, followed by a two-RBI single by Boysen in the third to put the Bulldogs in front for good. Matthew Lemon added a sacrifice fly in the frame for the 4-2 advantage after three. Another two-RBI hit by Boysen highlighted a three-run fourth for Texas Lutheran before MIT answered with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth to make it a 7-4 margin.

- The Bulldogs added a single run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly to score Varner and account for the 8-4 final.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: 

- Junior William Loucks (Las Vegas, Nev.) took the loss for MIT as he gave up seven hits and seven earned runs with three strikeouts in 3.1 innings pitched. Dylan Drgac picked up the win to move to 2-0 overall as he went three innings of relief allowing just two hits with no walks and five strikeouts. Greenwood was 2-for-3 in the game while Johnston was 2-for-3 with three runs batted in.

- Overall, the Bulldogs outhit the Engineers by a 9-7 margin in game two.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action on Tuesday, March 7th as the Engineers travel to UMass Boston for a single game beginning at 3 p.m.

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