Baseball Celebrates Senior Day With Pair of Wins Over Springfield

Baseball Celebrates Senior Day With Pair of Wins Over Springfield

THE BASICS:

- Records: MIT (17-12, 11-6); Springfield College (23-13-2, 10-7 NEWMAC)

- Scores:
  
- Completed Game from 3/31: MIT 6, Springfield 4
   - 4/28 Game: MIT 10, Springfield 9 (10 Innings)

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

- The Lead: On Saturday, the MIT baseball team clinched the No. 4 seed in the upcoming NEWMAC Tournament as the Engineers defeated Springfield College by a 6-4 final in a game that was completed after being halted in March. In the scheduled non-conference game on Saturday, the Engineers defeated the Pride by a 10-9 final in 10 innings after the visitors forced the extra frame with a three-run ninth. Prior to the game, the Engineers honored this year's five seniors for their contributions to the program over their four-year careers in Cambridge.

Completion of Halted Game
HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Freshman Casey Bussone (Danvers, Mass.) threw the ninth inning for the Engineers to earn his first save of the year. Freshman Travis Hank (Chicago, Ill.), who had pitched the eighth inning for the Engineers, earns the win as MIT took the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning back in March.

- For Springfield, John Daley suffered the loss as he gave up three hits and two runs with two walks while not getting an out when he came on in the eighth in relief of starter Shawn Babineau. 

Non-Conference Game
HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The Pride jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, capitalizing on an MIT error to keep the inning going. Springfield stretched the lead to 3-0 in the second on an unearned run as Brandon Russo scored on an RBI single off the bat of Jack Cooney.

- MIT tied the game with a three-run second as freshman Ethan Rolland (Burke, Va.) drew a one-out walk to start things off. He eventually scored on an RBI groundout, along with RBI hits from seniors David Heller (Fair Lawn, N.J.) and Max Lancaster (Attleboro, Mass.). The Engineers took a 5-3 lead in the third as sophomore Thomas Allison (Kingwood, Texas) scored an unearned run on a single to right from sophomore Tony Rice (Colorado Springs, Colo.), along with freshman Andrew Krause (St. Louis, Mo.) coming in after the ball got away from the catcher on a strikeout. 

- Sophomore Matt Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) made his return to the lineup in a big way with the first of two long home runs to left in the fourth to push the advantage to 6-3. The lead slipped away in the top of the fifth though as the Pride scored three to tie the game at 6-6. Jake Gleason's two-RBI triple to right center pulled Springfield within one, followed by a double just inside the first base bag by Jason Bean that plated Noah Bleakley all the way from first.

- MIT regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI sacrifice fly from Heller that scored Krause, along with a two-out, two-run blast by Johnston in the eighth to give the Engineers a cushion at 9-6.

- In the ninth, Peter Mariscano's sacrifice fly to left scored Gleason, followed by a two-RBI single to left from Chad Shade to tie the game at 9-9. Gleason scored easily on the play, while Bleakley made a great slide around MIT's Allison at the plate to get the tying run.

- After the Engineers threatened in the bottom of the ninth, the hosts capped off the day with a walkoff hit in the 10th. Lancaster led off with a blooper that dropped into right field, followed by a single through the left side from Kushner. After a double play moved Lancaster over to third, Allison delivered with a single to right center for the 10-9 win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Rice was 3-for-5 to lead the MIT offense, while Heller, Lancaster and Johnston all had two hits apiece. Rolland drew four walks, while Johnston had three RBI and now has a team-high seven home runs for the season.

- Cooney led Springfield with a three-hit day as he also scored twice. Three different players had a pair of runs batted in, while Russo drew a pair of walks.

- Senior Zach Michaud (Moorestown, N.J.) got the win for the Engineers as he threw a perfect 10th inning with a pair of strikeouts to improve to 1-0 on the year. Cole Donovan took the loss for the Pride as he gave up three hits and the game-winning run and falls to 2-2 overall.

UP NEXT:

- MIT hits the road for the final three games of the regular season, including a non-conference doubleheader at the University of Southern Maine on Sunday beginning at Noon. The Engineers will host the play-in game for the NEWMAC Tournament on Thursday, May 3rd and will take on Springfield College in Cambridge.

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