Baseball Rallies Past WPI for 8-4 Win to Clinch NEWMAC Tournament Berth

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THE BASICS:

- Records: MIT (16-14-1, 8-7 NEWMAC); WPI (21-13, 7-8 NEWMAC)

- Score: MIT 8, WPI 4

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Fran O'Brien Field)

- The Lead: Rallying from an early 2-0 deficit, the MIT baseball team clinched a berth in the upcoming NEWMAC Tournament with an 8-4 home win over WPI on Wednesday afternoon to complete the series sweep of the Worcester Engineers.  

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- In the first with one on, WPI's Steven Gallagher launched a two-run homer to left field to give the visitors the quick 2-0 lead. MIT came right back and took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the frame as junior Thomas Allison (Kingwood, Texas) keyed the inning with a double to right to score junior Tony Rice (Colorado Springs, Colo.). Sophomore Andrew Krause (St. Louis, Mo.) and Allison then scored on wild pitches to put MIT ahead to stay.

- The two first-inning runs were the only WPI runs allowed from MIT senior starter Patrick Callahan (Vicksburg, Mich.) as he went five innings and allowed just one runner into scoring position over his last four frames.

- In the fifth, MIT made two quick outs before junior Matt Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) drew the walk to keep the inning along. After Krause singled, Allison doubled to left center to drive in two and senior Alec Kushner (Cooper City, Fla.) doubled down the left field line Allison for the 6-2 lead. In the sixth, both Krause and Kushner drew bases-loaded walks to close out the scoring for MIT as the Engineers led 8-2 heading to the final three innings.

- In the ninth, WPI scored a pair on an RBI sacrifice fly by Martin McCormack and an RBI single to center by Ryan Tropeano to score Michael Fraser. Allison, who pitched the last two innings in relief for MIT, got Jordan DeDonato on a strikeout swinging to close out the win. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Callahan improves to a team-best 4-1 record as he scattered five hits with four strikeouts and no walks. Sophomore Casey Bussone (Danvers, Mass.) threw two scoreless innings, followed by Allison who secured the final six outs with four strikeouts and no walks.

- WPI starter Alexander Mondro was the starter and one of six pitchers as he fell to 2-4 after giving up three runs on two walks and one hit in just one inning. 

- MIT drew 10 walks and the pitching staff walked just one WPI batter to help lead the offense. Krause and Allison each had two hits and two runs scored, while Allison drove in three runs and Kushner had a pair of runs batted in. For WPI, Gallagher was 2-for-4 with two RBI and Josh Herlands finished 2-for-3 with a run scored.

UP NEXT:

- MIT wraps up the NEWMAC schedule on Saturday, April 27th as the Engineers host No. 11 Wheaton College for a doubleheader beginning at Noon.

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