Springfield, Mass. - April 10, 2017 - The Springfield College baseball team fell to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)-foe MIT, 16-4, at Berry Allen Field on Monday afternoon.
With the loss, Springfield College is now 9-7 overall and 3-2 in league play, while MIT, which was receiving votes in the latest New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) regional rankings, improves to 11-5 on the year with a 6-2 mark against conference opponents.
Junior Kyle Naples (Berlin, Conn.) got the nod for the Pride, and pitched 5.2 innings, giving up 11 hits, before Jack Weinberger (Sunapee, N.H.) pitched 0.2 innings of relief while striking out a pair. Zach Kerr (Niskayuna, N.Y.) and Jordan Elkary (Easton, Mass.) finished off the game for Springfield College, as Kerr pitched 1.2 innings and Elkary 1.0.
For the Engineers, freshman Zachary Kopstein (Tiburon, Calif.) was strong through six, giving up just three hits while fanning seven Springfield College batters en route to his second win of the year.
MIT jumped out to an early 1-0 advantage in the top of the first inning when John Drago (Peoria, Ariz.) singled to left, scoring Jared Schwait (Boca Raton, Fla.) from second base to give the Engineers an early advantage. MIT picked up an insurance run in the top of the third on a solo shot from Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla.) to make it 2-0, Engineers, after two and a half frames.
MIT tacked on five runs in the top of the sixth inning when Drago reached first after getting hit by a pitch, before Matt Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) crushed a ball over the left-field fence for his second home run of the year, a two-run shot to give the Engineers a 4-0 lead.
MIT would add another on an RBI double off the bat of Alec Kushner (Cooper City, Fla.), scoring Max Lancaster (Attleboro, Mass.), before back-to-back RBI base knocks from Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz.) and Kyle Kocher (Mesa, Ariz.) pushed the Engineers lead to seven.
The Engineers racked up seven more runs in the top of the seventh, highlighted by a two-run double from Filiere and a two-run home run from Kocher to make it 14-0, MIT.
Springfield College got three back in the bottom half of the frame after loading the bases, allowing Matt Fraioli (Stamford, Conn.) to drive in one, followed by a two-run double off the bat of Peter Marsicano (Allentown, N.J.) to make it 14-3.
MIT countered with two in the top of the eight, as Filiere drove in his fourth and fifth runs of the day on a two-run home run over the left field fence to make it 16-3, Engineers. After Chad Shade (Pittsfield, Mass.) walked and stole second in the bottom half of the inning, Brandon Drabinski (Lisbon, Conn.) stepped up a drilled a ball up the middle, scoring the freshman to make it 16-4, MIT.
Up next, Springfield College will return to Berry Allen Field on Tuesday, April 11 when it hosts Emerson at 3:30 p.m.