- Records: MIT (19-12); Springfield College (23-14-2)
- Score: No. 4 MIT 5, No. 5 Springfield College 0
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Fran O'Brien Field)
- The Lead: Led by seven shutout innings from MIT starting pitcher Zachary Kopstein (Tiburon, Calif.), the No. 4 seeded Engineers defeated fifth-seeded Springfield College by a 5-0 final in the play-in game of the NEWMAC Tournament.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In the bottom of the third, freshman Ethan Rolland (Burke, Va.) singled to right and eventually scored on a balk after moving to third on a single by senior Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla.). Greenwood scored the second run of the inning for MIT as he stole third and stole home for his 23rd and 24th stolen bases of the season.
- MIT added a run in the fourth after sophomore Thomas Allison (Kingwood, Texas) drew a one-out walk and came home on an RBI double from senior Kyler Kocher (Mesa, Ariz.) for the 3-0 edge. The score remained that way until the bottom of the eighth when the Engineers scored a pair to account for the 5-0 final. Greenwood doubled to deep right center to score Rolland, moved to third on the throw and then scored when the throw to the plate got away from the catcher for the unearned run.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Greenwood was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI in the leadoff spot, while Rolland was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs.
- Kopstein improved to 4-2 with a four-hit performance over seven innings with five strikeouts and a walk. Freshman Casey Bussone (Danvers, Mass.) struck out two in a perfect eighth inning, followed by two strikeouts in the ninth from sophomore Jared Tramontano (Corona, Calif.) to close out the game.
- Springfield starter Brian Johnson went 7.1 innings for the Pride, scattering six hits with five strikeouts as he drops to 3-2 with the loss.
- MIT is ranked No. 7 in the latest NCAA New England regional rankings, representing a rise of two spots from the last poll.
- The Engineers now advance to the double-elimination NEWMAC Championship Weekend at Babson College and will take on the top-seeded Beavers for a 3:30 p.m. start on Friday, May 4th.