Northboro, MA --- Junior Steven D'Agostino (Worcester, MA) struck out eight in a solid seven-inning start and sophomore battery mate Austin Lindner (W. Windsor, NJ) batted 4-for-5 with a pair of RBI and a run scored to lead WPI past MIT 12-4 Tuesday afternoon in the NEWMAC divisional crossover game at the New England Baseball Complex.
The host Engineers (22-8, 11-3) complete the season sweep of their industry rivals and remain atop the overall NEWMAC standings with one more weekend divisional series to play. MIT, meanwhile, slips to 13-9-1 overall and 7-6 in league play.
D'Agostino and the Crimson and Gray defense enjoyed a trio of 1-2-3 frames to begin the game while the offense posted four runs in the bottom of the second. The runs were a result of four consecutive hits beginning with a leadoff double by junior Matt Howard (Worcester, MA). Graduate student Anthony Capuano (Stoneham, MA) reached on a single before a double by junior Evan Lacroix (Methuen, MA) cleared both off the base paths for the 2-0 lead. Freshman David Larson (Port Tobacco, MD) followed with a two-run shot to left.
The Boynton Hillers added two more in the fourth when senior Nick Comei (Haverhill, MA) found a hole in the left side to plate sophomore Ryan Tropeano (Pembroke, MA) and then scores thanks to a pair of miscues on the play. Lindner drove in a run in the fifth and Tropeano scampered home on a wild pitch in the sixth. Three more scored in the seventh courtesy of an RBI single by Lindner, a fielder's choice by senior Connor Kurtz (Lunenburg, MA) and a ground out by Comei.
MIT got on the board thanks to a miscue in the top of the eighth. Howard then sent the first pitch in the bottom of the inning over the fence in center. Cambridge's Engineers had the final say with a three-run jack by freshman Matt Johnston (Portola Valley, CA) with two outs in the top of the ninth.
Defensively, Capuano took away junior Austin Filiere's (Chandler, AZ), one of the NEWMAC Co-Athletes of the Week, grand slam to end the top of the fifth.
Howard batted 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, a walk, an RBI and three runs scored. Tropeano (2-for-3, 2 walks, 2 stolen bases, 2 runs), Comei (2-for-5, RBI, run), Capuano (2-for-4, walk, run) and Larson (2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 runs) also had multiple hits for the hosts. Lacroix chipped in with a double while Gallagher added a stolen base. D'Agostino yielded five hits and three walks in a scoreless outing. Freshman Nick Tagaris (New City, NY) took the eighth and sophomore Sam Bacchiocchi (Freetown, MA) finished the game for WPI.
Johnston paced the guests with a 3-for-5 day including a home run, three RBI and two runs scored while leadoff hitter sophomore Jared Schwait (Boca Raton, FL) went 2-for-4. MIT turned two double plays with junior Kyler Kocher (Mesa, AZ) taking part in both as Filiere, senior John Drago (Peoria, AZ) and senior David Hesslink (San Diego, CA) were involved in one. Hesslink went four innings on the mound, followed by junior Zach Michaud (Moorestown, NJ) and rookie Trey Roberts (Cedar Park, TX) with two innings apiece.
Both teams host 3:30pm non-conference contests tomorrow as WPI welcomes Becker and MIT entertains Roger Williams.
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