- Records: MIT (10-5, 5-1 NEWMAC); Emerson (6-13, 1-6 NEWMAC)
- Scores: Game One: MIT 11, Emerson 1; Game Two: MIT 4, Emerson 1
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Fran O'Brien Field)
- The Lead: Led by a career day from senior Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla.), the MIT baseball team ran its winning streak to six straight with a doubleheader sweep of visiting Emerson College on Saturday afternoon. Greenwood pitched seven innings with 11 strikeouts in game one, then became the MIT all-time career leader for hits with a single early in the second game.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Engineers got on the board in the first as Greenwood led off with a single to left and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly to right by sophomore Matt Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.). MIT added two more runs in the fourth from freshman Zach Roberts (West Chester, Pa.) and junior Jared Schwait (Boca Raton, Fla.) to increase the lead to a 3-0 margin.
- For Emerson, Jake Mitchell came on in relief of Sam Knox as the starter went six innings and allowed four hits, three runs and had four walks and five strikeouts. MIT got to Mitchell quickly though on back-to-back home runs from Johnston and senior Max Lancaster (Attleboro, Mass.) to make it a 6-0 game. Johnston's hit was a two-run blast deep over the fence, while Lancaster took the next pitch over the left field wall.
- The Lions took advantage of an error in the eighth to score a run as CJ Rogers came across on a throwing error. MIT closed out the scoring the bottom of the frame with five runs, including a two-RBI double to left from Johnston.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Engineers outhit the Lions 9-2 in the game, while the Lions committed five errors that led to a pair of unearned runs. Offensively, Johnston and Lancaster each had two hits and the top four hitters in the MIT order combined for eight runs scored. Johnston ended the game with five runs batted in, while Lancaster added a pair and freshman Ethan Rolland (Burke, Va.) had two walks.
- Greenwood is now 2-0 on the season after today's masterful performance, while sophomore Jared Tramontano (Corona, Calif.) threw two innings of one-hit relief with three strikeouts. Knox dropped to 1-3 overall on the day as the Lions had seven strikeouts as a team.
- MIT is receiving votes in this week's ABCA/Collegiate Baseball Division III National Poll.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT jumped on top again in game two as sophomore catcher Thomas Allison (Kingwood, Texas) launched a leadoff home run deep over the left field wall in the fourth for the 1-0 edge. Lancaster added to the lead in the bottom of the sixth with a leadoff homer of his own to left as he ended the day with a pair of home runs.
- The story of the game came in the third though as Greenwood singled up the middle to pick up his second hit of the day and the 197th of his career. He takes the top spot from 2014 graduate Creed Mangrum as he now approaches the 200-hit mark and sits at 198 overall.
- The Engineers loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh with no outs and scored a pair on a two-RBI single to right center from Lancaster that made it 4-0. Emerson scored one in the top of the ninth before freshman Tommy Hannan (San Marino, Calif.) completed his second inning of relief to finish off the Engineer win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- With his single in the third inning, Greenwood became the all-time hit leader in MIT history with his 197th career hit. Greenwood takes the top spot from 2014 graduate Creed Mangrum.
- Sophomore Zachary Kopstein (Tiburon, Calif.) picked up the win for MIT to move to 2-1 overall as he scattered three hits over six innings with eight strikeouts and just one walk. Junior Jack Murphy (Pleasanton, Calif.) threw a scoreless seventh inning, followed by two innings from Hannan to secure the win. For the Lions, Jack Fox fell to 1-4 with the loss as he gave up 11 and four runs with eight strikeouts over eight innings.
- Offensively, MIT had four players with multiple hits in the game, including three hits from Allison and three RBI on two hits from Lancaster.
- MIT wraps up the three-game series with the Lions on Sunday, April 8th as the Engineers take on Emerson at Fran O'Brien Field beginning at Noon. The game will be an Emerson home game, but will be played at MIT with Emerson as the designated home team.