Baseball Rallies in Ninth for 7-6 Walkoff Win Over Coast Guard

Baseball Rallies in Ninth for 7-6 Walkoff Win Over Coast Guard

THE BASICS:

- Records: MIT (15-8, 10-3 NEWMAC); U.S. Coast Guard Academy (8-16, 2-11 NEWMAC)

- Scores: MIT 7, Coast Guard 6

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

- The Lead: Trailing by a 6-3 margin heading to the ninth inning, the MIT baseball team scored four runs to rally past the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for an improbable 7-6 walkoff win at Fran O'Brien Field. The Engineers had tied the game at 6-6 and capped the rally as senior Max Lancaster (Attleboro, Mass.) singled to right field to bring in senior Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla.) for the game-winning run. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Prior to the start of the game, MIT police officer Belinda Barrett threw out the ceremonial first pitch to MIT sophomore catcher Thomas Allison (Kingwood, Texas). The pitch commemorated the five-year anniversary of the passing of MIT police officer Sean Collier, who was killed in the tragic events after the 2013 Boston Marathon. The Engineers wear Collier's badge number, 179, on the side of their hats to honor his memory.

- The Bears got on the board first with two unearned runs in the top of the third as Kyle Moore scored on a wild pitch and Will Stephens came home on a single up the middle from Jeremy Lhotka. MIT answered right back though to tie the game in the bottom of the inning and begin the back-and-forth contest. After freshman Zach Roberts (West Chester, Pa.) drew a leadoff walk, junior Jared Schwait (Boca Raton, Fla.) laced a double down the left line on a perfect hit-and-run play that brought Roberts all the way around from first to make it 2-1. Schwait later came home on a sacrifice fly to right off the bat of senior David Heller (Fair Lawn, N.J.).

- In the fourth, Coast Guard took advantage of two MIT errors, four walks and a passed ball to take a 5-2 advantage. A bases-loaded walk that made it 3-2 was the end of the day for MIT starter Nick Charchut (Santa Monica, Calif.) as freshman Casey Bussone (Danvers, Mass.) came on in relief. Reed Jenkins scored on a throwing error, while Jon Pressley also came around on the play.

- The Engineers chipped away with one in the sixth as Allison drew a one-out walk, moved to second on a passed ball and stole third before scoring on a groundout to short by freshman Andrew Krause (St. Louis, Mo.).

- In the top of the ninth, MIT sophomore Jared Tramontano (Corona, Calif.) came into the game and allowed one run as Stephens scored with two outs on an infield single by Luke Thompson. That set the stage for the bottom of the inning as closer Lukas Caskey came on for the Bears to finish the game. The first five MIT batters of the inning reached though, including senior Kyler Kocher (Mesa, Ariz.) and Roberts as those two scored before the Bears were able to get an out. Schwait tied the game on a sacrifice fly to center by Heller, followed by Lancaster's second walkoff hit of the season to set off the wild celebration. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:  

- For MIT, the Engineers were led by a 3-for-5 performance from Lancaster, along with a 2-for-4 showing from Schwait as he scored twice and drove in a pair. Roberts also scored twice with two walks, while Heller had a pair of RBI and Allison added two walks. Offensively for the Bears, Stephens had two hits and scored two runs, while Lhotka and Moore reached twice each via walks.

- Tramantano was the winning pitcher for MIT as he threw the top of ninth and allowed two hits, one run and had one strikeout to improve to 1-0 overall. 

- For Coast Guard, starter Nate Ralph went six innings and scattered three hits with three runs, five walks and two strikeouts in the no-decision. Caskey took the loss to fall to 1-1 as he got just one out with five hits, four runs and one walk allowed. 

UP NEXT:

- MIT opens a three-game series with Wheaton College on Friday, April 20th. Game one will be at MIT at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, followed by a NEWMAC doubleheader at Wheaton on Saturday beginning at Noon.

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