Baseball Earns Doubleheader Split With Babson on Saturday

Baseball Earns Doubleheader Split With Babson on Saturday

THE BASICS:

- Records: MIT (14-8, 9-3 NEWMAC); Babson (20-9, 10-3 NEWMAC)

- Scores: Game One: Babson 6, MIT 0; Game Two: MIT 8, Babson 1

- Location: Babson Park, Mass. (Govoni Field)

- The Lead: In a matchup of the top two teams in the NEWMAC East Division standings on Saturday afternoon, the MIT baseball team split a doubleheader with Babson College at Govoni Field. The Beavers took game one in a 6-0 shutout, while the Engineers were victorious in the second game by an 8-1 final.

Game One
HOW IT HAPPENED:

- In game one, Babson jumped on the board in the bottom of the fourth as Mark Webber scored on a bases-loaded walk for the 1-0 lead. Webber was hit by the pitch to lead off the inning before the fourth walk of the inning brought home the run.

- The score remained that way until the sixth when Matthew Valente scored on a single to center by Jake Oliger. Freshman Tommy Hannan (San Marino, Calif.) came on in relief of MIT starter Patrick Callahan (Vicksburg, Mich.) with two outs in the inning and got the Engineers out of the jam. In the seventh, the Beavers put together three hits and capitalized on two MIT errors to extend the lead out to the final 6-0 margin.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Callahan took the loss for MIT to fall to 2-2 on the season as he went 5.2 innings with four hits, two earned runs and three strikeouts. Babson's John Floegel threw a complete-game four-hit shutout for the Beavers as he walked just one and struck out 11.

- Offensively, senior David Heller (Fair Lawn, N.J.) was 2-for-4 at the plate at MIT, while Brian McHale and Eric Jaun each had two hits for the Beavers. Webber was 1-for-4 for the game with two runs scored.

Game Two
HOW IT HAPPENED:

- In the top of the first, senior Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla.) doubled to left to lead off the game and came home on an RBI fielder's choice by freshman Thomas Allison (Kingwood, Texas) for the 1-0 edge. Heller scored the team's second run on an RBI fielder's choice by freshman Ethan Rolland (Burke, Va.) as the Engineers took the 2-0 edge.

- Greenwood took a four-pitch walk to lead off the fifth and scored the team's third run as well for the 3-0 lead. In the inning, Greenwood stole his team-leading 17th base of the season before scoring for the second time.

- Babson put up a run to lead off the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to 3-1 as Ryan Arena homered down the left field line on a 2-2 pitch. The score stayed that way until the top of the seventh when MIT struck for three runs to push the advantage out to 6-1. Overall in the inning, the Engineers strung together five hits that were highlighted by a two-RBI single up the middle by senior Max Lancaster (Attleboro, Mass.).

- MIT added an insurance run in the ninth on a double steal as Greenwood stole home and Lancaster was thrown out at second on the play as the lead was pushed to 7-1. Lancaster then scored an unearned run on a two-out Babson error that accounted for the 8-1 final score.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:  

- Sophomore Zachary Kopstein (Tiburon, Calif.) was the winning pitcher in game two for the Engineers as he scattered four hits over six innings with one run, four walks and four strikeouts. Freshman Adam Katz (Mt. Kisco, N.Y.) allowed one hit in the seventh, while sophomore Jared Tramontano (Corona, Calif.) continued his dominant season with two innings of no-hit ball with four strikeouts to wrap up the win.

- Greenwood finished game two 2-for-4 with four runs scored, while Heller was 2-for-5 with two runs scored and Rolland had a pair of hits. For Babson, Webber ended the game with a 2-for-4 effort.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns home on Tuesday, April 17th as the Engineers host the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for a 3:30 p.m. start at Fran O'Brien Field.

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