Baseball Opens Spring Trip With Wins Over La Verne and CMS on Sunday

MIT baseball in a pregame huddle in front of the dugout.

THE BASICS:

- Records: MIT (5-3-1); University of La Verne (14-8); Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (9-7-1)

- Scores: Game One: MIT 9, University of La Verne 3; Game Two: MIT 14, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 12

- Location: La Verne, Calif. (Ben Hines Field) and Claremont, Calif. (Bill Arce Field)

- The Lead: Led by a pair of home runs by junior Matt Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) and an offense that produced 23 hits on the day, the MIT baseball team opened its spring break trip with wins over the University of La Verne and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

GAME ONE AT LA VERNE
HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT got on the board first with a single run in the third as sophomore Ethan Rolland (Burke, Va.) drew a bases-loaded walk to score Zach Roberts (West Chester, Pa.). On the mound, senior pitcher Patrick Callahan (Vicksburg, Mich.) was excellent as he threw six scoreless innings with two strikeouts and only four hits allowed.

- The Engineers added to their lead in the fourth with RBI doubles by sophomore Andrew Krause (St. Louis, Mo.), senior Alec Kushner (Cooper City, Fla.) and first-year Cory O'Shea (Glen Allen, Va.) and then pushed the edge to 6-0 with two unearned runs in the sixth.

- The Leopards cut the lead in half with a three-run eighth that featured a two-RBI triple by Aaron Fong and a single to center from Chris Ligot that scored Fong. MIT added three insurance runs in the top of the ninth, including a two-run homer down the left field line from Johnston to account for the 9-3 final.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Johnston finished the game 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI and both Kushner and senior Jared Schwait (Boca Raton, Fla.) had two-hit outings. Callahan moved to 1-0 on the season with the win, while sophomore Casey Bussone (Danvers, Mass.) threw 1.1 innings of two-hit relief to earn his first save.

- AJ Jimenez took the loss for the Leopards to fall to 1-2 as he allowed two runs in three innings with four strikeouts.

GAME TWO AT CMS
HOW IT HAPPENED:

- At CMS, the Engineers fell behind initially by an 8-3 margin following five runs on six hits for the Stags in the bottom of the fifth. In the top of the sixth, MIT came roaring back with a six-hit, seven-run frame that put the Engineers in front at 10-8. O'Shea had a two-RBI single to center to spark the rally, along with a deep three-run shot to left by Johnston.

- The two teams went back and forth over the final two innings before the Engineers came away with the eventual 14-12 victory that capped a day of nearly seven hours of baseball.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Schwait was 3-for-5 with three runs scored in the leadoff spot, while junior Thomas Allison (Kingwood, Texas), Johnston and O'Shea each had two hits. Allison posted five runs batted in to go with four from Johnston and two from O'Shea.

- For the Stags, eight players had multiple hits as CMS was led by a 4-for-6 showing by Marco Castillo.

- First-year Ben Burke (Chelmsford, Mass.) picked up the win for MIT with three innings pitched to move to 1-0, while Nick DeGallier took the loss for the Stags to drop to 0-1 after 0.1 innings pitched. 

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action on Monday, March 25th as the Engineers head to Pomona-Pitzer for a game that begins at 3 p.m. Pacific time.

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