- Records: MIT (5-4-1); Pomona-Pitzer (14-6)
- Score: Pomona-Pitzer 17, MIT 6
- Location: Claremont, Calif. (Alumni Field)
- The Lead: On day two of the team's Spring Break trip, the MIT baseball team dropped a 17-6 final to Pomona-Pitzer as the Sagehens rallied from a 6-2 deficit to pick up the win. This marks the first meeting between the two teams since 2015.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Engineers got on the board first in the second inning as junior Matt Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) launched a leadoff homer to dead center field for his third home run in as many games. Seniors Alec Kushner (Cooper City, Fla.) and Jared Schwait (Boca Raton, Fla.) each added RBI hits in the frame, including a Kushner double down the left field line that scored sophomore Andrew Krause (St. Louis, Mo.).
- Pomona-Pitzer put up two runs in the bottom of the second with RBI hits coming from Jack Damelio and Brian Knapp. The Engineers countered with a three-run fourth as MIT stretched the advantage to 6-2 with RBI hits by junior Thomas Allison (Kingwood, Texas) and Johnston, along with an RBI groundout by sophomore Ethan Rolland (Burke, Va.).
- The Sagehens took the lead for the first time with a five-run fifth and extended that advantage up to 10-6 in the seventh with a two-hit inning as both went for extra bases. The hosts put the game out of a reach with seven runs in the bottom of the eighth that accounted for the 17-6 final margin.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Johnston and Krause both finished with three hits to lead the 12-hit Engineer attack. Schwait reached three times in the leadoff spot with two hits and a walk, while Allison and Kushner also had 2-for-4 days with one run and one RBI (two doubles for Kushner).
- Four Sagehens posted multiple hits, led by a 4-for-6 outing by left fielder Jake Patterson-Kohout. Knapp had four RBI in the leadoff spot as the top three hitters account for nine runs batted in.
- Junior Tony Rice (Colorado Springs, Colo.) took the loss on the mound for the Engineers with 2.2 innings of four-hit relief as he now sits at 0-1 on the season. Trevor Walker was the winner for Pomona-Pitzer, throwing 2.1 innings of scoreless ball as he scattered four hits with two strikeouts and a walk to even his record at 1-1.
- MIT is back in action on Tuesday, March 26th as the Engineers travel to No. 14 ranked Chapman University for a 7 p.m. Pacific time start.