- Records: MIT (18-12); Wesleyan University (20-12)
- Score: MIT 5, Wesleyan 2
- Location: Middletown, Conn. (Dresser Diamond at Andrus Field)
- The Lead: In the 2018 regular-season finale, the MIT baseball team took the lead from the outset and defeated Wesleyan University by a 5-2 final in non-conference play on Tuesday.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT scored single runs in each of the first four innings, including a Max Lancaster (Attleboro, Mass.) sacrifice fly in the first inning that scored senior Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla.). Senior Kyler Kocher (Mesa, Ariz.) scored in both the second and fourth innings on RBI hits from freshman Ethan Rolland (Burke, Va.) and sophomore Tony Rice (Colorado Springs, Colo.), along with a run from junior Jared Schwait (Boca Raton, Fla.) in the third.
- The Cardinals got on the scoreboard in the fourth with a two-out, bases-loaded hit by pitch that scored Danny Rose after Rose reached on a leadoff single. Wesleyan added another run on a bases-loaded walk in the seventh to score Jesse Levy-Rubin and the score remained at 4-2 until the top of the ninth.
- In the ninth, Kocher led off the MIT half of the inning with a double to right before Wesleyan got two quick outs. Kocher later scored on a two-error play by the Cardinal defense to wrap up the game's scoring as Rice threw a scoreless ninth for the Engineers to earn the save and secure the win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Greenwood was 2-for-4 to lead the offense, while Kocher scored three times with two walks. Rose was 2-for-5 for the Cardinals, along with a 2-for-3 game by Matt Jeye with a pair of walks.
- The Engineers used six different pitchers in the win, including two innings of one-hit relief from junior Zeke Long (Albuquerque, N.M.) as he picked up the victory to improve to 1-0.
- David Redfield took the loss to fall to 0-1 as he started and went 3.1 innings with four runs allowed and three walks. Pat Clare was solid in 5.2 innings of relief, scattering four hits with one unearned run and six strikeouts for Wesleyan.
- MIT is ranked No. 9 in the latest NCAA New England regional rankings.
- Next up, the Engineers will host the first round game for the NEWMAC Tournament on Thursday, May 3rd and will take on Springfield College in Cambridge beginning at 3:30 p.m.