Engineers Drop 5-2 Road Final at No. 16/17 Wheaton College

The MIT baseball infielders and outfielders stand at attention for the National Anthem at a home game.
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THE BASICS:

- Records: MIT (15-13-1, 7-7 NEWMAC); No. 16/17 Wheaton College (25-6, 14-1 NEWMAC)

- Scores: No. 16/17 Wheaton College 5, MIT 2

- Location: Norton, Mass. (Sidell Stadium)

- The Lead: With the game tied at 2-2 heading into the eighth, No. 16/17 Wheaton College scored three runs in the bottom of the inning to rally past MIT baseball by a 5-2 final in the first game of a three-game divisional series.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT starting pitcher Casey Bussone (Danvers, Mass.) held the Lyons off the scoreboard and didn't allow a runner in scoring position over the first four innings before MIT struck for two runs in the top of the fifth. After first-year Cory O'Shea (Glen Allen, Va.) and senior Jared Schwait (Boca Raton, Fla.) led off with singles, the Engineers eventually loaded the bases with one out on an intentional walk by junior Matt Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.).

- Sophomore Andrew Krause (St. Louis, Mo.) drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in O'Shea, followed by a sacrifice fly by junior Thomas Allison (Kingwood, Texas) to plate Schwait for the 2-0 edge. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Wheaton cut the lead in half as Brody Ashley singled up the middle to score Willy Boyd after he reached on a double to left.

- The Lyons eventually tied the game on a solo home run by Jared Sharkey with one out in the sixth and the score remained that way until the eighth. MIT sophomore Tommy Hannan (San Marino, Calif.) came on to pitch in the eighth and had a runner on first with two outs. Following an MIT fielding error, the Lyons scored three unearned runs by Jacob Studley, Sharkey and Cody Cavanagh to seize the 5-2 lead.

- The Engineers threatened in the ninth as O'Shea and Schwait led off the inning with singles before a line out to right and a game-ending double play as the Lyons secured the 5-2 victory. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Bussone went seven innings with seven hits allowed and two runs to go along with one walk and a career-high 10 strikeouts. Hannan took the loss in 0.2 innings as he is now 2-4 on the season. Paul Prue was the Wheaton starter and went five innings while allowing two runs. Zach Clesas threw the last 1.1 innings and is now 3-0 overall.

- Schwait picked up two hits in the leadoff spot, along with two hits each from senior Alec Kushner (Cooper City, Fla.) and O'Shea. Overall, the Engineers also drew five walks and their pitchers walked just two Lyons. 

- Sharkey paced the Wheaton offense with a 2-for-3 effort with two runs scored, one RBI and one walk. Studley was 2-for-4 in the No. 2 spot, while George Mulcahey was 2-for-4 as well.

- Wheaton is currently ranked No. 16 in the ABCA/Collegiate Baseball Poll and No. 17 in the d3baseball.com poll. 

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action on Monday, April 22nd as the Engineers host WPI for a 3:30 p.m. start at Fran O'Brien Field. Tomorrow's home doubleheader with Wheaton will now take place in Cambridge on Saturday, April 27th beginning at Noon due to tomorrow's rain that will impact the region.

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