Baseball Earns NEWMAC Split With Clark on Monday

Baseball Earns NEWMAC Split With Clark on Monday


- Score: Game One: Clark 21, MIT 5; Game Two: MIT 11, Clark 1

- Records: MIT (8-4, 3-1 NEWMAC); Clark (17-5, 2-3 NEWMAC)

- Location: Worcester, Mass. (Granger Diamond)

- The Lead: On Monday afternoon, the MIT baseball team split a NEWMAC doubleheader at Clark University as the Cougars took game one 21-5, followed by an 11-1 MIT win in the second game.

Game One

- Clark took an early 7-0 lead in game one before the Engineers got on the board in the fourth as junior David Heller (Fair Lawn, N.J.) singled up the middle to score junior Max Lancaster (Attleboro, Mass.) for the first run of the game. MIT junior shortstop Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz.) homered for the second time this season in the fifth as his shot to left scored junior Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla.). The Engineers added two more runs in the eighth as well, including Filiere coming home on a double to left by senior John Drago (Peoria, Ariz.) for the RBI.


- Clark posted 20 hits in the win, including five batters with multiple hits as the Cougars scored 14 runs between the top four batters. Kyle Bonicki led the way with a 4-for-7 performance that included four runs scored and three RBI from his shortstop position.

- Senior David Hesslink (San Diego, Calif.) took the loss for MIT to drop to 3-1 on the season. He went 4.2 innings and allowed 10 hits and nine runs, with six of those earned. For Clark, Cal Slepkow improved to 3-1 overall as he went seven innings while scattering seven hits with eight strikeouts.

Game Two

- In the second game, it was MIT that took a quick 7-0 lead over the first three innings before the Cougars answered with a single run in the top of the fourth. A five-run second led the way for the Engineers as leadoff hitter Jared Schwait (Boca Raton, Fla.) singled up the middle to drive in a pair of runs. MIT added to the lead in the fourth and eighth innings, en route to the doubleheader split.

- The Engineers pounded out 20 hits in the win as MIT scored multiple runs in four innings.


- Freshman Matt Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) led seven MIT players with multiple hits as he was 4-for-5 with three runs scored and a home run. Junior Kyler Kocher (Mesa, Ariz.) and sophomore Alec Kushner (Cooper City, Fla.) were both 3-for-4 with three RBI each, while Lancaster was 2-for-5 in game two and Filiere picked up a pair of walks.

- Sophomore Patrick Callahan (Vicksburg, Mich.) earned the win to improve to 2-0 overall as he went seven innings with eight strikeouts. Freshman Zachary Kopstein (Tiburon, Calif.) was outstanding again in relief, throwing two perfect innings with three strikeouts. Clark starter Mike Tice took the loss to drop to 2-1 as he lasted just 1.2 innings with five runs allowed.


- MIT is scheduled to be back in action on Tuesday, April 4th as the Engineers host Springfield College for a 3:30 p.m. start at Fran O'Brien Field.


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