Baseball’s Rally Comes Up Short Against MIT, 7-4

Photo by Lianne Yun '18
Photo by Lianne Yun '18

THE BASICS: 

Score: MIT 7, Wesleyan 4
Records: Wesleyan (17-14), MIT (21-11-1)
Location: Cambridge, Mass.
Date: Tuesday, May 2
Time: 4 p.m.
The Lead: The Wesleyan University baseball team was unable to recover from an early deficit as it fell to MIT in non-conference action Tuesday night, 7-4.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Engineers jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one, and scored in each of the first four innings.
  • In the bottom of the first, MIT went on a run with two outs. Kyler Kocher hit a RBI double to bring home Garrett Greenwood, and later scored following a RBI single by John Drago. Max Lancaster capped off the inning with another RBI single to drive in Drago.
  • The following inning, Austin Filiere drove in David Heller to increase its lead to 4-0, and Heller hit a sacrifice fly to left field in the bottom of the third to give the home team a five-run advantage.
  • Wesleyan's bats came alive in the top of the fourth. After a single by Danny Rose '19 and a double by Matt Jeye '18, Alec Olmstead '20 reached on an error as Rose crossed home plate for the visitor's first run of the game. Two batters later, Ellis Schaefer '17 walked with the bases loaded as the Cardinals cut the deficit to three.
  • However, MIT responded with a two-run bottom of the fourth to go back up by five.
  • Wesleyan held the Engineers scoreless the rest of the way, while adding a run in the top of the seventh and the top of the eighth, but the rally fell short after a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • The Cardinals' bats were led by Rose, who finished 2-for-4, while Jonny Corning '20 and Schaefer registered the team's lone RBI's. Corning hit a solo home run in the top of the eighth in his only plate appearance. 
  • Wesleyan recorded six hits as a team, and the Engineers finished with 10.
  • Matt Johnson led MIT's offense with a 3-for-5 performance, including two RBI's and a run scored, while Drago went 3-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored.
  • Asher Young '17 and Pat Clare '19 each pitched 4.0 innings for the Cardinals. Young started and was credited with the loss. Clare pitched four innings of scoreless ball and surrendered only two hits.
  • Four different pitchers took the mound for the Engineers as Jared Tramontano picked up the win with 5.0 innings, allowing just one earned run on three hits and striking out five.

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan is back in action tomorrow, May 3 and will host Western Connecticut State at 4 p.m.

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