- Records: MIT (9-7-1); Tufts University (13-3)
- Scores: Tufts University 10, MIT 2
- Location: Medford, Mass. (Huskins Field)
- The Lead: Despite a three-hit effort from junior Matt Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.), the MIT baseball team dropped a 10-2 final to Tufts University in non-conference action on Thursday afternoon at Huskins Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Engineers used singles from senior Jared Schwait (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Johnston to help load the bases in the top of the first, but Tufts starter Lucas Gustavson got the Jumbos out of the jam to keep the game scoreless. Tufts took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first with a trio of unearned runs and made it a 4-0 score in the second when Will Burgess came home on a double play ball.
- Sophomore Andrew Krause (St. Louis, Mo.) homered to left with one out in the third to cut the lead to 4-1 before the Jumbos answered with three in the bottom of the fourth. Gustavson went five innings in the start for Tufts before giving way to Manny Ray, who gave up an RBI double to left by Johnston that scored Ethan Rolland (Burke, Va.) to make it a 7-2 game.
- After a single run in the seventh for Tufts, the Jumbos added two more unearned runs in the eighth (for seven total) in the 10-2 final.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Senior Nick Charchut (Santa Monica, Calif.) took the loss for the Engineers as he went 3.2 innings and allowed five hits and seven runs (two earned) with four walks and four strikeouts. Gustavson was the winner for Tufts to go to 1-1 as he scattered seven hits and just one run in five innings, with Ray getting the save with a four-inning performance.
- Offensively, MIT outhit the Jumbos 12-9 behind three hits from Johnston and two-hit performances from both senior Alec Kushner (Cooper City, Fla.) and first-year Nick Aiello (Freehold, N.J.). For Tufts, Peter DeMaria and Kyle Cortese each had two hits and the Jumbos drew eight walks to fuel the offense.
- MIT resumes NEWMAC play at home on Friday, April 5th as the Engineers host Emerson College for a 3:30 p.m. start at Fran O'Brien Field. The teams will conclude the series on Saturday with a Noon doubleheader that will take place at St. John's Prep in Danvers Mass.