Cambridge, Mass. - May 3, 2018 - Playing in its first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Tournament since the 2014 season, the Springfield College baseball team fell to MIT, 5-0, at Fran O'Brien Field on Thursday afternoon.
With the loss, Springfield College, which was the No. 5 seed in the tournament, falls to 23-14-2, while MIT, which was the No. 4 seed, improves to 19-12 overall.
Springfield College was only able to produce four hits in the setback, while MIT used a pair of runs in the bottom of the third and the bottom of the eighth to advance in the bracket. The Engineers will now take on top-seeded Babson on Friday, May 4 at 3:30 p.m.
Junior Brian Johnson (East Haddam, Conn.) got the nod for Springfield College, and pitched 7.1 innings, giving up six hits and four earned runs while also striking out five. Senior Jack Weinberger (Sunapee, N.H.) came on to pick up the final two outs, one of which was a strikeout.
Junior Cam Rivest (Agawam, Mass.) started the second inning reaching first with an infield single before stealing second to get into scoring position, but a great defensive play from MIT caught Rivest in between the bases, eliminating the lead runner.
MIT's Ethan Rolland (Burke, Va.) got the bottom of the third started with a single through the right side, before Jared Schwait (Boca Raton, Fla.) moved him to second with a sacrifice bunt. Next up, Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla.) singled to left field to put runners on first and third, before the senior and Rolland both advanced on a balk, resulting in a run for the Engineers. Later in the inning, Greenwood would steal home to give MIT a 2-0 cushion.
The Engineers would tack on another run in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI double from Kyler Kocher (Mesa, Ariz.), before Greenwood doubled in the bottom of the eighth, providing MIT with the necessary insurance to ensure the victory.