MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Junior pitcher Pat Clare did not allow any earned runs in 5 2/3 innings of relief for the Wesleyan University baseball team on Tuesday, but MIT scored in five different innings during a 5-2 non-conference win at Dresser Diamond in Middletown, Conn.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Engineers (18-12, 11-6 NEWMAC) tallied a run in each of the first four innings, setting the tone for the game, as senior Garrett Greenwood led off the top of the first with a single to right for MIT, and then advanced to second on a throwing error by Cardinals freshman pitcher David Redfield. Greenwood remained active on the base path, stealing third, and then crossed home on a sacrifice fly to left by senior Max Lancaster.
- The visitors extended their advantage to 2-0 in the second on a one-out, RBI double to right-center by freshman Ethan Rolland, as senior Kyler Kocher touched home with MIT's second run. With no outs in the third, Greenwood tallied an RBI ground out to second, which scored junior Jared Schwait from third, and gave the Engineers a three-run lead.
- In the fourth, sophomore Tony Rice recorded a clutch two-out RBI single up the middle, as the Engineers went in front by four.
- In the bottom of the fourth, the Cardinals (20-12, 8-4 NESCAC West Division) loaded the bases with no outs, as a result of a single by junior Danny Rose, and walks by seniors Matt Jeye and AJ Ferrara. Engineers junior relief pitcher Nick Charchut answered the bell with back-to-back strikeouts, but was unable to get out of the jam uschathed, as sophomore Kevin Walek earned an RBI when he was hit by a pitch, scoring Rose from 90 feet away.
- The Cardinals made things interesting in the bottom of the seventh, as the squad loaded the bases with two down on an infield single to third by Rose. Jeye then drew a walk, which cut the deficit to 4-2, while putting the tying run on second and the go-ahead tally on first. MIT decided to send freshman relief pitcher Adam Katz to the hill with the game on the line, and he rose to the occasion, forcing junior Ryan Earle to line out to second.
- MIT ended the scoring in the top half of the ninth, as Kocher led of the inning with a double to right, and then scored with two down on a pair of errors by the Cardinals' defense.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Clare pitched exceptionally well in relief for Wesleyan, recording 1-2-3 efforts during the fifth and eighth innings. The Whitehouse Station, N.J. native additionally finished with six strikeouts and allowed four hits, while his pitch control was great – only walking one batter.
- Junior relief pitcher Zeke Long (1-0) was credited with the win for the Engineers, as he threw a pair of shutout innings in relief during the fifth and sixth, while striking out two batters, and giving up one hit and no walks. Redfield (0-1) was tagged with the loss for the hosts, surrendering three earned runs on three hits and a trio of walks in 3 1/3 innings.
- Jeye reached base four times for the Cardinals, going 2-for-3 with two singles, two walks and an RBI, while Rose recorded a 2-for-5 performance, to go along with a run. Greenwood led the charge in the leadoff role for MIT, going 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
- Wesleyan held an 8-7 advantage in hits, and the hosts made a trio of errors, while the Engineers were charged with one miscue.
- The Engineers are now 25-12 all time against Wesleyan, as the group is riding an eight-game winning streak in the rivalry dating back to the 2008 season.
- The Cardinals will travel to Danbury, Conn., for a 4 p.m. game against Western Connecticut State on Wednesday.