Offense, Pitching Shine in Baseball Doubleheader Sweep of Coast Guard

Offense, Pitching Shine in Baseball Doubleheader Sweep of Coast Guard

THE BASICS:

- Score: Game One - MIT 10, Coast Guard 2; Game Two - MIT 16, Coast Guard 2

- Records: MIT (5-3, 2-0 NEWMAC); Coast Guard (6-10, 0-2 NEWMAC) 

- Location: New London, Conn. (Nitchman Field)

- The Lead: In the NEWMAC opener, the MIT baseball team pounded out 27 hits and 26 runs on Saturday as the Engineers swept the U.S. Coast Guard Academy at Nitchman Field. MIT took game one by a 10-2 margin, followed by a 16-2 victory in the second game. The Engineers finished the day with seven home runs on offense and 25 total strikeouts from their pitchers as MIT opened conference action with the pair of road victories.

Game One
HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The first game started as a pitcher's duel as the teams were scoreless until the fourth inning. In the top of the frame, the Engineers took a 1-0 lead as freshman Matt Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) doubled to right center to score junior Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz.). The Bears answered with a single run in the bottom of the fourth though and the score remained tied until the top of the eighth.

- In the eighth, MIT put up three runs as junior Kyler Kocher (Mesa, Ariz.) led the offense in the inning with a two-RBI double to right. The Engineers continued the offensive attack in the ninth as senior John Drago (Peoria, Ariz.) drove in a pair with a double to left center, along with a three-run homer to left by junior Max Lancaster (Attleboro, Mass.)

- Senior David Hesslink (San Diego, Calif.) became the winningest pitcher in MIT history as he improved to 3-0 on the season with his 22nd career win for the Engineers. Going eight innings, he scattered nine hits with five strikeouts and no earned runs. Freshman reliever Zachary Kopstein (Tiburon, Calif.) came on for the ninth and struck out the side to close out the game.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Johnston was 4-for-5 in the game with three doubles to go along with two runs to lead the offense. Junior David Heller (Fair Lawn, N.J.) was 2-for-4 with one RBI and one walk, while junior Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla.) went 2-for-5 and Filiere had one hit and drew two walks.

- For the Bears, Dustin Reeder took the loss to fall to 1-2 on the mound as he gave up four runs with three walks in three innings pitched. Will Stephens was the top hitter for Coast Guard as he finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles.

Game Two
HOW IT HAPPENED:

- In game two, the Engineers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first and posted four innings with three or more runs as MIT cruised to the 16-2 win over Coast Guard. MIT scored in all but two innings, while Coast Guard pushed across a pair of runs in the sixth.

- Lancaster led a three-run first with a two-out, two-RBI single through the left side, while Kocher blasted a three-run homer in the third. Sophomore Alec Kushner (Cooper City, Fla.), who started the game at catcher, launched a three-run homer of his own in the fifth that scored Kocher and Johnston as MIT led 10-0 through five.

- In a four-run sixth, Drago and Lancaster each posted solo home runs, followed by another Drago homer in the seventh and a Kocher solo shot in the eighth to wrap up the scoring for MIT.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Johnston finished game two 3-for-5 with three runs scored as he had seven hits, five runs scored and four doubles in the doubleheader. Drago was 2-for-4 with four runs scored, two RBI and two walks in game two, while Kocher was 2-for-4 with four RBI and three runs.

- Freshman Jared Tramontano (Corona, Calif.) earned his first career win with a five-inning, one-hit showing as he had seven strikeouts and just one walk. The MIT relief corps pitched the final four innings, giving up just one hit with no earned runs and 10 strikeouts. Eric Vrissis took the lost for Coast Guard as he gave up 10 runs on seven hits with five walks to drop to 2-1 on the season.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action on Monday, March 27th as the Engineers take on Western New England University for a 4 p.m. start in a matchup that will take place at Trinity College.

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