NORTON, Mass. - Sophomore Andrew Krause singled through the right side in the top of the sixth inning, putting No. 4 MIT in front of No. 1 Wheaton for good in game two of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament at Sidell Stadium Friday afternoon.
With the win, the Engineers improve to 20-16-1 on the season, while the Lyons fall to 27-9. MIT will now take on No. 2 WPI in game five of the NEWMAC Tournament (Saturday, May 4 - 3 p.m.) with the winning team moving directly to the championship game. Wheaton will battle Babson College at 12 p.m. with the winner staying alive in the tournament, while the loser is out. Both the No. 2 WPI/No. 4 MIT and No. 1 Wheaton/No. 3 Babson games will be played at Sidell Stadium on the Wheaton College campus.
Wheaton struck first, taking a 3-0 lead in the home half of the first inning. The inning began with a single to left from sophomore Brody Ashley (3-for-5) who then stole second before coming around on a double to right center from Jacob Studley (2-for-5). The first year came home moments later on a single up the middle from senior captain Jared Sharkey (1-for-6). A two-out Engineer error allowed the final Lyon run to score with junior Nick Raposo (0-for-4) coming home.
MIT countered in the top of the second with a three-run two-out rally. With runners at second and third, Cory O'Shea (2-for-5) found a gap in left field which allowed Alec Kushner (1-for-4) to score easily. Jared Schwait (1-for-4) followed with an RBI single of his own, before Tony Rice (2-for-4) drilled a ball through the left side, sending O'Shea home.
After a scoreless third inning, MIT took its first lead of the game in the fourth courtesy of a two-out double down the left field line from Matt Johnston that plated Rice. Wheaton responded in the bottom of the fifth with a two-out RBI single to left center from first-year Zach Demattio that plated Sharkey.
Krause handed the lead back to the Engineers in the sixth with a single through the right side that scored Rice, who reached on a fielder's choice. Thomas Allison added an insurance run moments later with a sacrifice fly to center that scored Johnston. Wheaton earned a run back in the bottom half of the inning with Stephen Quigley scoring on a bases-loaded walk to Raposo.
A huge seventh inning handed MIT a 10-5 lead with Zach Roberts, Rice, O'Shea, and Johnston all coming around to score. Wheaton managed to earn three runs back in its half of the inning with Bryant Salkind, Willy Boyd, and Ashley all being sent home.
Allison and Zach Clesas would shut both offenses down in the final two innings, giving up just three hits combined. Zack Kopstein got the start for the Engineers, giving up five runs on nine hits while striking out five. John Mikosz got the start for the Lyons, giving up three runs on six hits in just 2.1 innings of work, while Joshua Roberge was credited with the loss after surrendering two runs on two hits.
Wheaton will take on Babson at 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 4 at Sidell Stadium, while the Engineers will face WPI at 3 p.m.