- Score: MIT 6, Oglethorpe 4
- Records: MIT (3-2); Oglethorpe (7-10)
- Location: Atlanta, Ga. (Anderson Field)
- The Lead: Led by an eight-inning, 11-strikeout performance by senior David Hesslink (San Diego, Calif.), the MIT baseball team defeated Oglethorpe University by a 6-4 final on Saturday afternoon in Atlanta. The Engineers pounded out 11 hits and had a number of outstanding defensive plays that helped MIT even the three-game series with the Stormy Petrels at 1-1.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT got off to an early lead for the third straight game as the Engineers plated a pair of unearned runs in the first inning. After sophomore Jared Schwait (Boca Raton, Fla.) and junior Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla.) reached to start the game, they both came home later in the frame for the 2-0 edge.
- Oglethorpe answered with a single run in the bottom of the second as Brandon Fish reached on a leadoff error and scored on a sacrifice fly to center. MIT came right back in the top of the third as Schwait reached on a double to right and scored on a double down the left field line by junior shortstop Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz.). Oglethorpe starter Matt Davis picked up two strikeouts to get out of the jam though as the Engineers stranded two base runners in the inning.
- Schwait fueled a three-run fourth with his two-RBI single to right that scored juniors Max Lancaster (Attleboro, Mass.) and David Heller (Fair Lawn, N.J.) as MIT extended the lead out to the 6-1 edge.
- The Stormy Petrels got one back in the fifth on an RBI single into shallow right by Britton Araujo, but MIT senior John Drago (Peoria, Ariz.) ended the inning with a diving catch to preserve the lead. OU's Andrew Mink doubled off the right field wall to score Fish from first in the sixth to make it a 6-3 margin, which remained that way until the ninth. The hosts pushed across a single run in the ninth before sophomore Jack Murphy (Pleasanton, Calif.) shut the door for his first save of the season.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Hesslink went eight innings for the win as he picked up 11 strikeouts with no walks to tie the MIT career record for victories with 21 overall. Davis took the loss to the Stormy Petrels as he went seven innings with 11 strikeouts of his own as he scattered 11 hits with six runs.
- From the leadoff spot, Schwait was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI, while Greenwood was 2-for-5 as all nine MIT starters reached base safely and eight different players posted hits. For Oglethorpe, Mink was 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored as the Stormy Petrels had three players with multiple hits.
- MIT wraps up a three-game series with Oglethorpe on Sunday, March 19th as the Engineers take on the Stormy Petrels for a Noon start at Anderson Field.
|Sophomore Jared Schwait and senior David Hesslink talk about Saturday's road win over Oglethorpe in Atlanta!|