- Records: No. 4 MIT (21-17-1); No. 3 Babson College (33-6)
- Scores: Babson College 9, MIT 6 (10 Innings)
- Location: Babson Park, Mass. (Govoni Field)
- The Lead: On Tuesday afternoon, the MIT baseball team led by a 6-3 margin in the 10th inning before No. 6 ranked and third-seeded Babson College rallied with six runs for a 9-6 win. The victory now forces a deciding game on Wednesday afternoon for the NEWMAC Championship.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The two teams traded runs over the first two innings, led off by Babson's Eric Jaun driving in Brian McHale with a sacrifice fly in the first. MIT senior Alec Kushner (Cooper City, Fla.) countered with a solo home run down the left field line to make it 1-1. The homer was his second of the season.
- The Beavers regained the lead in the fourth with a sacrifice fly before the game was tied again in the top of the sixth on an RBI single to center from junior Thomas Allison (Kingwood, Texas) that scored junior Tony Rice (Colorado Springs, Colo.).
- MIT starting pitcher Casey Bussone (Danvers, Mass.) was outstanding as he scattered seven hits with two runs and six strikeouts over 6.2 innings and 124 pitches. Sophomore Tommy Hannan (San Marino, Calif.) came on in the seventh and kept the Beavers hitless heading into the ninth with the 3-2 lead.
- That lead was made possible in the eighth as junior Matt Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) blasted his ninth home run of the season to left center for MIT's first lead of the contest. The Beavers had other ideas in the bottom of the ninth when Sean Harrington singled to center field off of Allison to plate Connor Gill and tie the game at 3-3.
- Heading into extras, MIT went up by a 6-3 margin on an RBI single down the left field line from Allison and a Kushner sacrifice fly. That set up the bottom of the 10th, where Babson pulled within 6-5 following a two-RBI double to center from McHale. With two outs and the Beavers down to their final strike with the bases loaded, Jake Oliger launched a deep grand slam off the trees in right to account for the 9-6 final.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Babson is ranked No. 6 in both the D3baseball.com and ABCA/Collegiate Baseball Division III National Polls.
- Johnston went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, while Allison was 3-for-5 with three runs batted in. Kushner also had a pair of hits with two RBI and one walk. For Babson, Gill and Oliger each had three hits while McHale had two hits, two runs and three runs batted in.
- Allison takes the loss to drop to 0-1 as he gave up six hits and seven runs in 1.2 innings. On the other side, Max Tannenbaum moves to 4-1 after giving up three runs and three hits in an inning of work.
- The Engineers and the Beavers will meet for the deciding game on Wednesday afternoon at Govoni Field as first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.