- Records: MIT (5-5); No. 23 Endicott (8-3)
- Scores: MIT 3, No. 23 Endicott 2
- Location: Beverly, Mass. (North Field)
- The Lead: In non-conference action on Thursday afternoon, the MIT baseball team rallied from an early 1-0 deficit to come away with a 3-2 road win over Endicott College. The Gulls are ranked No. 23 in the latest ABCA/Collegiate Baseball Poll.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Gulls got on the board in the bottom of the first as Michael DeDonato reached on a fielder's choice and eventually scored on an RBI groundout to first by Nickolas Perkins for the 1-0 edge.
- MIT tied things up in the top of the third as junior Jared Schwait (Boca Raton, Fla.) singled through the left side to reach base and later moved to third on a double steal by him and senior Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla.). Schwait came home on a sacrifice fly to center by senior David Heller (Fair Lawn, N.J.) to tie the game.
- The Engineers took the lead in the top of the fourth with a pair of two-out runs for the 3-1 advantage. Freshman Zach Roberts (West Chester, Pa.) doubled to right center to bring in senior Max Lancaster (Attleboro, Mass.) after Lancaster got on with a hit by pitch. Roberts then came around on a 2-1 pitch that freshman Ethan Rolland (Burke, Va.) took to left center for the RBI single.
- Endicott threatened with bases loaded situations in both the sixth and seventh innings that MIT worked its way out of. With two runners on and one out in the sixth, sophomore Jared Tramontano (Corona, Calif.) came in relief of starter Nick Charchut (Santa Monica, Calif.) and got out of the jam with a strikeout of DeDonato to end the frame. In the seventh, the Engineers got two relatively quick outs before the Gulls made things interesting and Tramontano gave way to freshman Adam Katz (Mt. Kisco, N.Y.) for MIT. After a walk loaded the bases for the hosts, Katz induced a groundout to second by Kyle Brennan to preserve the 3-1 advantage.
- In the ninth, freshman Tommy Hannan (San Marino, Calif.) came on for the save opportunity as the Gulls looked to get on the scoreboard. Michael Casciano walked to lead off the inning and stole second and eventually scored on an RBI groundout by Brendan McDonald to cut the lead to 3-2. Hannan clinched the win for the Engineers though as pinch hitter Jacob Thibault grounded out to third to end the game.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Charchut moves to 1-1 for MIT as he went 5.1 innings, allowing just three hits with one run and three strikeouts. Hannan earned his first career save as he threw a hitless ninth. Liam Burke fell to 1-1 on the season for Endicott as he went 3.2 innings with five hits allowed to go with three runs and two walks.
- Heller was 2-for-3 with an RBI as he posted his fourth multi-hit game of the season. Rolland was also excellent with a 3-for-4 outing to lead the MIT offense as the freshman has a hit in all but one game so far in 2018.
- For the Gulls, Brad Rebello was 2-for-3 as the Engineers outhit Endicott 7-4 overall for the game.
- MIT opens its home schedule on Friday, March 30th as the Engineers host Suffolk University for a 3:30 p.m. start at Fran O'Brien Field.