- Records: No. 4 MIT (20-16-1); No. 1 Wheaton College (27-9)
- Scores: MIT 10, Wheaton College 8
- Location: Norton, Mass. (Sidell Stadium)
- The Lead: Trailing by an early 3-0 margin, the No. 4 seeded MIT baseball team advanced into the winner's bracket of the NEWMAC Tournament with a 10-8 road win over top-seeded Wheaton College on Friday afternoon. A four-run seventh inning keyed the offensive attack for MIT as the Engineers had four players with multiple hits in the game. Wheaton is currently ranked No. 15 in the D3baseball.com and ABCA/Collegiate Baseball National Polls.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In the first, the Lyons struck for three runs on RBI hits by Jacob Studley and Jared Sharkey, along with an unearned run scored by Nick Raposo. The Engineers countered with a three-run top of the second on five hits to tie the game. All of those runs came with two outs on RBI singles by first-year Cory O'Shea (Glen Allen, Va.), senior Jared Schwait (Boca Raton, Fla.) and junior Tony Rice (Colorado Springs, Colo.).
- A double down the left field line from junior Matt Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) scored Rice in the fourth for the 4-3 lead before the Lyons tied the game again in the fifth with an unearned run by Sharkey.
- The teams traded runs in the sixth with MIT holding the 6-5 advantage and made it a 10-5 score in the seventh with four runs on four hits as the two-RBI single to right by sophomore Andrew Krause (St. Louis, Mo.) led the charge.
- Wheaton made a game of it in the seventh inning with three runs, keyed by a two-RBI single up the middle by Brody Ashley. Ashley also scored on an error with two outs for an unearned run before the Engineers held Wheaton off for the 10-8 lead.
- The Lyons had one runner in scoring position in each of the last two innings, but junior reliever Thomas Allison (Kingwood, Texas) kept Wheaton at bay to pick up the save in the 10-8 final.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Johnston led the Engineers with a 3-for-4 game with two runs scored, while Rice was 2-for-4 with three runs scored. O'Shea and Krause each had two hits, with two runs scored by O'Shea.
- Four Lyons had multiple hits, led by three each by Ashley and Bryant Salkind.
- MIT junior Zack Kopstein (Tiburon, Calif.) is now 4-2 for the season as he went 5.1 innings for the win with five runs (three earned), zero walks and five strikeouts. Joshua Roberge was the losing pitcher for the Lyons in relief, falling to 1-1 with two runs allowed in just 0.1 innings of play.
- The Engineers now advance in the winner's bracket and will take on No. 2 seeded WPI on Saturday afternoon in a game that is slated for a 3 p.m. start at Wheaton. The winner of that game will advance directly to Sunday's NEWMAC Championship Game.