- Records: MIT (5-5-1); No. 9 Chapman University (16-5)
- Score: No. 9 Chapman University 10, MIT 4
- Location: Orange, Calif. (W.O. Hart Park)
- The Lead: On Tuesday evening at W.O. Hart Park, the MIT baseball team dropped a 10-4 final to No. 9 ranked Chapman University. The Engineers led by a 4-0 margin midway through the game before the Panthers rallied for the win in the second all-time meeting between the two programs.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third as first-year Cory O'Shea (Glen Allen, Va.) doubled to right center to score sophomore Zach Roberts (West Chester, Pa.) and senior Jared Schwait (Boca Raton, Fla.). Schwait was running on the pitch and scored all the way from first after reaching on a fielder's choice.
- The Engineers added two more runs in the top of the fourth as Roberts drew a bases-loaded walk to score sophomore Andrew Krause (St. Louis, Mo.) and junior Tony Rice (Colorado Springs, Colo.) had a sacrifice fly to center that brought in senior Alec Kushner (Cooper City, Fla.).
- MIT starting pitcher Casey Bussone (Danvers, Mass.) kept the Panthers off the scoreboard until the top of the sixth as Aaron Wong reached on a leadoff double and later scored on a groundout to cut the lead to 4-1. Bussone went seven innings, scattering three hits with six strikeouts and one walk.
- The Engineers threatened in the seventh inning as they loaded the bases before Kyle Joye got Chapman out of the jam and kept the game at 4-1.
- The Panthers answered big in the bottom of the eighth with a seven-hit, nine-run inning to take a 10-4 lead. Mack Cheli had a two-RBI single to lead the inning for Chapman as the Panthers have now won four straight.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- O'Shea had the lone hit for the Engineers, while Schwait, Roberts and Rice all drew two walks each. For the Panthers, Alex Tsuruda and Jarod Penniman each finished with two hits.
- First-year Jonah Scott (Oak Park, Calif.) took the loss for the Engineers as he now sits at 1-1 on the season. Joye picked up the win for Chapman as he pitched two hitless innings with two walks and two strikeouts.
- Chapman is ranked No. 13 in this week's D3baseball.com Poll and No. 9 in the ABCA National Poll.
- MIT returns to action on Wednesday, March 27th as the Engineers take on the University of Redlands for 3 p.m. start Pacific time.