- Records: MIT (8-6-1, 1-1 NEWMAC); Springfield (8-8, 3-2 NEWMAC)
- Scores: Game One: MIT 10, Springfield 2; Game Two: Springfield 4, MIT 3
- Location: Springfield, Mass. (Archie Allen Field)
- The Lead: In the NEWMAC-opening doubleheader on Saturday afternoon, the MIT baseball team played to a split with Springfield College at Archie Allen Field. MIT took game one by a 10-2 final and the Pride took the second game in a narrow 4-3 margin.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT struck for a pair in the first as junior Matt Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) continued his torrid hitting streak as his RBI infield single scored senior Jared Schwait (Boca Raton, Fla.) for the 1-0 edge. Johnston came around on an RBI single through the right side from sophomore Andrew Krause (St. Louis, Mo.).
- The game remained that way until the bottom of the fourth when the Pride struck for two to tie the game. Mark Joao homered to right to lead off the inning, followed by an RBI single to right by Ryan Smith to score Noah Bleakley.
- MIT put up a five-run sixth to seize control as Krause got things started with a run on a wild pitch from reigning National Pitcher of the Week Brian Johnson. Sophomore Zach Roberts (West Chester, Pa.) tripled to left center to score two, followed by RBI hits from junior Tony Rice (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Schwait to push the lead to 7-2 and chase Johnson from the game in the middle of the inning.
- The Engineers added to the lead with two outs in the eighth as Rice singled to right to drive in sophomore Ethan Rolland (Burke, Va.) for the 8-2 advantage.
- In the ninth, a leadoff triple by first-year Cory O'Shea (Glen Allen, Va.) chased Cody Donovan from the game as O'Shea then scored on a ground rule double by Johnston off of Springfield reliever Kenny Walton. Johnston scored with two outs on single by senior Alec Kushner (Cooper City, Fla.) for the 10-2 lead heading to the bottom of the inning.
- Senior Zeke Long (Albuquerque, N.M.) took the ball for the Engineers for the final two innings, allowing just one hit with 14 strikes on 18 pitches to preserve the win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Senior Patrick Callahan (Vicksburg, Mich.) was outstanding on the mound for the Engineers as he went seven innings with two runs allowed and six strikeouts to move to 2-0.
- The top six batters in the MIT lineup all recorded two hits each, with Rice driving in two and Johnston scoring twice while also contributing two RBI.
- For Springfield, Johnson took the loss in 5.2 innings of work with eight hits, seven runs and 10 strikeouts. Offensively, Joao, Sage Bray and Bleakley each had two hits in the setback.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT got on the board first for the second straight game with an O'Shea triple scoring Schwait in the top of the first for the 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the frame, Brandon Russo tripled to lead off for the Pride, but was thrown out at the plate to keep the edge at 1-0 for the Engineers.
- Jason Bean led off the third with a triple to center as the Pride then took a 2-1 lead on an Alex Denoyelle two-run homer to left center. MIT answered right back in the fourth as Johnston drew a leadoff walk, stole second and came around on an RBI double to left center by Kushner to even it up at 2-2.
- The Pride regained the lead in the fourth as Jake Gleason reached on a one-out single to center and scored on an RBI single to center from Bean. Springfield added to the advantage with an unearned run in the sixth with Bleakley coming in on the error for the 4-2 lead.
- In the top of the ninth, Krause drew a leadoff walk off of John Daley and moved to third on a two-base error from Daley. Krause scored on an RBI groundout by Kushner for the second out of the inning to account for the 4-3 final in the doubleheader split.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Sophomore Casey Bussone (Danvers, Mass.) took the loss for MIT in six innings of play to fall to 1-1 as he scattered nine hits with four runs and four strikeouts. For the Pride, Shawn Babineau went eight innings and Daley threw the ninth with one strikeout.
- Schwait was 2-for-4 in the game, while Kushner had a pair of RBI as six Engineers had hits in the setback. For Springfield, Gleason was 3-for-4 to go along with Jason Bean with two hits.
- MIT returns to action on Sunday, March 31st as the Engineers host WPI for a NEWMAC doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. The games were moved up from the original start time in an attempt to beat the incoming rain in the Boston area that is forecasted for Sunday.