- Records: MIT (1-0); No. 15 Trinity (6-1)
- Score: MIT 10, No. 15 Trinity 3
- Location: San Antonio, Texas (Trinity Baseball Field)
- The Lead: Led by a 3-for-4 performance with four RBI from freshman shortstop Ethan Rolland (Burke, Va.), the MIT baseball team opened the 2018 season with a 10-3 road win over No. 15 Trinity on Friday night in San Antonio.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Engineers came out swinging in the top of the second with a four-run frame as Rolland had a bases-loaded single that scored senior Kyler Kocher (Mesa, Ariz.) and sophomore Thomas Allison (Kingwood, Texas). Rolland and senior Max Lancaster (Attleboro, Mass.) later came around on one of four errors on the day by the Tigers for the 4-0 lead.
- MIT added three more runs in the third, including a Lancaster RBI single through the right side that plated Allison to make it 5-0. That run chased Trinity starter Ian Hussian in favor of reliever Matthew Thomas, who then gave up RBI singles to Rolland and senior David Heller (Fair Lawn, N.J.) to extend the lead to 7-0.
- MIT sophomore starter Zachary Kopstein (Tiburon, Calif.) kept the Tigers quiet for the most part as he earned the win, but the hosts did strike for two runs off of him the bottom of the fourth. Michael Davis homered to left for the first run of the game, followed by a two-out single to left by Joey Pecoraro that scored Parker Cormack to close to 7-2. Cormack had reached base on a double earlier in the frame.
- The two teams added single runs in the seventh to make it an 8-3 game before MIT capped the scoring with a pair in the eighth. Heller led off with a double down the left field line and later scored on an error, while Jared Schwait (Boca Raton, Fla.) had a two-out single to left center that brought sophomore Tony Rice (Colorado Springs, Colo.) around to score for an unearned run.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Kopstein went five innings while scattering eight hits and a pair of earned runs, striking out two and walking one. Freshman Adam Katz (Mt. Kisco, N.Y.) threw three innings of two-hit relief, followed by a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts from sophomore Jared Tramontano (Corona, Calif.).
- For the Tigers, Hussian took the loss to fall to 0-1 as he lasted just 2.1 innings and gave up seven runs (four earned) with two walks and three strikeouts.
- Rolland was 3-for-4 in his debut, along with two hits each from sophomore Matt Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) and Heller as the two each scored once. Allison, Kocher and Lancaster each scored twice in the game as well.
- MIT is back in action on Saturday, March 3 as the Engineers take on Trinity University in a doubleheader that begins at 2 p.m. Eastern time in San Antonio.