Baseball Drops NEWMAC Twinbill To Wheaton on Saturday

Baseball Drops NEWMAC Twinbill To Wheaton on Saturday


- Records: MIT (15-11, 10-6 NEWMAC); Wheaton College (19-12, 13-4 NEWMAC)

- Scores: Game One: Wheaton 5, MIT 4; Game Two: Wheaton 20, MIT 6

- Location: Norton, Mass. (Sidell Stadium)

- The Lead: In the team's final NEWMAC doubleheader of the regular season, the MIT baseball dropped a pair of games to Wheaton College as the Lyons swept the Engineers in the three-game series. The Lyons took game one in a tight 5-4 final before claiming game two by a 20-6 score.

Game One

- In the first, the Engineers took a 1-0 lead as junior Jared Schwait (Boca Raton, Fla.) drew a one-out walk and eventually scored on a throwing error by the Wheaton catcher as he was stealing third base. The Lyons countered with three runs in the bottom of the third to move in front by a 3-1 margin. Willy Boyd scored on a sacrifice fly by Chris Ruocco, followed by a Nick Raposo triple that plated Jimmy Gianquitti. Raposo came home on the play as well on an MIT error.

- MIT senior Max Lancaster (Attleboro, Mass.) singled to drive in senior Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla.) with two outs in the fifth to cut the lead to 3-2 before a Jared Sharkey two-RBI double down the right field line extended the cushion back to 5-2 for Wheaton. 

- The Engineers posted single runs in the eighth and ninth and loaded the bases in the ninth to try to squeeze out the win. Schwait scored in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Thomas Allison (Kingwood, Texas) and sophomore Trey Roberts (Cedar Park, Texas) came home in the ninth before a fly out ended the game for the Engineers.


- Sophomore Zachary Kopstein (Tiburon, Calif.) took the loss on the mound for MIT as he falls to 3-2 after going six innings with seven hits, five fives and two strikeouts. For the Lyons, Gavin Reilly moves to 4-0 as he went seven innings with four hits, three runs and nine strikeouts.

- Offensively, Trey Roberts was 2-for-4 and Schwait scored twice, while Gianquitti led the Wheaton offense with a three-hit game.

Game Two

- The Lyons took a 2-0 lead in the first on RBI hits from Raposo and Bryant Salkind before MIT answered with three runs in the top of the second for the 3-2 edge as Greenwood cleared the bases with a three-RBI triple. The Engineers scored a single run in the third to make it a 4-2 game, followed by a Wheaton run in the fourth to head to the fifth inning with a one-run game.

- In the fifth, the Lyons struck for six runs and over the rest of the game, the hosts added 11 more to account for the 20-6 final. MIT scored two in the sixth as senior Kyler Kocher (Mesa, Ariz.) scored on a groundout and sophomore Tony Rice (Colorado Springs, Colo.) came home on a sacrifice fly from senior David Heller (Fair Lawn, N.J.).


- Sophomore Jared Tramontano (Corona, Calif.) took the loss for MIT to drop to 1-1, while Tommy Larason earned the win to move to 3-1.

- Greenwood finished the game 3-for-4 with three RBI, while Lancaster, Allison and Trey Roberts each had two hits. Salkind was the leader for Wheaton as he was 4-for-6 with three RBI and two runs scored. Conor Gammond also scored five times with two hits and two RBI.


- MIT returns to action on Tuesday, April 24th as the Engineers host Endicott College for a non-conference matchup starting at 3:30 p.m.


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