Baseball Defeats Emerson 5-2 to Sweep Season Series

Baseball Defeats Emerson 5-2 to Sweep Season Series

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 5, Emerson 2

- Records: MIT (15-9-1, 8-6 NEWMAC); Emerson (8-18, 1-13 NEWMAC)

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

- The Lead: On Thursday afternoon at Fran O'Brien Field, the MIT baseball team closed out a three-game regular-season series sweep of Emerson College as the Engineers defeated the Lions by a 5-2 final. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- In the top of the third, Joe Paladino reached on a single to center and eventually moved to third on a wild pitch and a fly ball. Bringing up Tim Quitidamo squirted a ball down the third-base line that eventually rolled and hit the bag, bringing Paladino home for the 1-0 Lions edge. In the bottom of the inning, MIT's Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz.) launched his eighth home run of the season to right to tie the game at 1-1.

- In the fourth, Emerson had runners on the corners with no outs, before a three-pitch sequence by freshman Jared Tramontano (Corona, Calif.) got MIT out of the jam. The first play was a caught stealing on a nice throw from junior catcher David Heller (Fair Lawn, N.J.), followed by a strikeout swinging by Tramantano and a groundout to Filiere to end the threat.

- Connor Damiano scored on an RBI groundout in the fifth to give the Lions their final lead at 2-1 before MIT countered with a three-run bottom of the inning. Sophomore Jared Schwait (Boca Raton, Fla.) scored on a one-out wild pitch to tie the game, followed an RBI single to left by sophomore Alec Kushner (Cooper City, Fla.) and an RBI double off the left field wall from senior John Drago (Peoria, Ariz.) to make it a 4-2 margin.

- Ethan Young came on in relief for Emerson in the sixth after starter Jake Mitchell went five innings and allowed four runs on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts. MIT completed the scoring an inning later as junior Kyler Kocher (Mesa, Ariz.) doubled off the wall to score junior Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla.) for the game's final run.

- Tramantano exited after 6.2 innings of work and 92 pitches, scattering seven hits with two runs and four strikeouts as he moved to 2-3 on the season.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Mitchell fell to 0-1 for Emerson, while MIT sophomore pitcher Jack Murphy (Pleasanton, Calif.) threw 2.1 innings of perfect relief to pick up his third save of the season and lower his ERA to 2.00 in his team-leading 13th appearance.

- Offensively, Filiere extending his streak of successfully reaching base to 54 straight games as he was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, one RBI and a walk as overall all nine starters reached for the Engineers in the balanced effort.

- Quitidamo and Danny Johnson each finished with 2-for-4 efforts on the day as MIT outhit Emerson by a 9-7 margin.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action on Friday, April 21st as the Engineers travel to Wheaton College for a 3:30 p.m. start to open the weekend three-game series with the Lyons.

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Jared Tramontano, Austin Filiere Discuss the Win Over Emerson!