Baseball Downs Endicott 8-6 in 10-Inning Final

Baseball Downs Endicott 8-6 in 10-Inning Final

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 8, Endicott 6 (10 innings)

- Records: MIT (7-3); Endicott (7-6)

- Location: Beverly, Mass. (North Field)

- The Lead: A pair of bases-loaded walks in the top of the 10th inning proved to be the difference in the game as the MIT baseball team walked away with an 8-6 road win over Endicott College on Thursday afternoon. The victory runs the MIT winning streak to four straight overall as the Engineers defeat Endicott for just the third time in program history.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT jumped out to an early 4-0 lead with runs in the first, second and fourth innings. Junior Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla.) came home on a wild pitch in the first, while an RBI single to left center by sophomore Jared Schwait (Boca Raton, Fla.) scored junior Max Lancaster (Attleboro, Mass.) in the second for the 2-0 edge. Junior Kevin Cuneo (Beverly, Mass.) scored on a fielder's choice in the second and then came around again in the top of the fourth to extend the Engineers edge to 4-0.

- In the bottom of the fourth, the Gulls countered with a run as Michael DeDonato's RBI single through the right side brought Mike Kochiss around to make it 4-1. A two-run fifth by the Gulls, fueled by an RBI triple from Nick Berno, made it just a one-run margin at 4-3 heading into the sixth.

- The Engineers answered with two more in the top of the sixth as Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz.) drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in a run, followed by junior David Heller (Fair Lawn, N.J.) scoring on a wild pitch to make it 6-3.

- Endicott sent the game into extras though with a single run in the eighth, followed by two in the ninth to tie things up at 6-6. After a 4-6-3 double play with the bases loaded scored a run in the ninth, Kochiss dropped in an RBI hit with two outs to tie it as Cam Farnham came around for the run.

- MIT regained the lead in the top of the 10th though as the Engineers scored a pair of runs on bases-loaded walks by reliever Liam Burke to seize the 8-6 edge. Greenwood set down the Gulls in order in the bottom of the inning, including two strikeouts, to pick up his first win of the season and extend the MIT winning streak to four straight.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Cuneo was 3-for-4 with three runs scored, while Greenwood was 2-for-6 with two runs scored and Filiere drew an MIT single-game record five walks on the afternoon. For the Gulls, Kochiss was 2-for-3 with two walks, while DeDonato finished 3-for-5 with two RBI.

- Greenwood improves to 1-0 on the season in his second relief appearance for MIT, while Alexander Mandrus fell to 0-2 in the loss as Endicott used seven pitchers overall.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action on Friday, March 31st as the Engineers open the home schedule with an 11 a.m. start vs. No. 23 ranked University of Southern Maine at Fran O'Brien Field.

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