-Score: MIT 7, Clark University 2
-Records: Clark (8-12, NEWMAC 0-5), MIT (9-6-1, NEWMAC 2-1)
-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Granger Field)
-The Lead: The Clark University baseball team fell to the Engineers of MIT in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) nine-inning contest on Tuesday afternoon. This was the first time the two teams met this season and they will see each other again on April 10th in Cambridge, Mass.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-Clark got on the board first in the bottom of the first inning when junior Andrew Thibault (Nashua, N.H.) homered over the left centerfield fence on the first pitch of the game (1-0).
-MIT put up three runs in the top of the third inning. Senior Jared Schwait (Boca Raton, Fla.) led off with a single to left field and moved into scoring position on a Clark fielding error. First year Cory O'Shea (Glen Allen, Va.) singled to centerfield to move Schwait to third and a sacrifice fly from junior Matt Johnston (Portola valley, Calif.) scored him (1-1). Sophomore Andrew Krause (St. Louis, Mo.) doubled to right field to score O'Shea and he crossed home on a Cougar error to claim the 3-1 lead.
-The Engineers added another run in the top of the fourth when sophomore Zach Roberts (West Chester, Penn.) singled to center and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by his classmate Tommy Hannan (San Marino, Calif.) and eventually came home on a throwing error by Clark (4-1).
-Johnston led off with a double to centerfield in the top of the fifth before a single from Krause put him on third and a sacrifice fly from junior Thomas Allison (Kingwood, Texas) sent him home (5-1). Senior Alec Kushner (Cooper City, Fla.) homered for two RBIs to lift MIT to a 7-1 lead after five and a half innings.
-Clark got a run back in the bottom of the fifth when junior Nick Jordan (Seaford, N.Y.) singled to left field and came home when a long fly ball from Thibault was misplayed by the Engineers in center field (7-2). The remaining four innings were scoreless as MIT held on for the final 7-2 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Krause led the Engineers at the plate going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
-Thibault finished 1-for-3 with two RBIs for the Cougars while Jordan went 2-for-4 with one run scored.
-Senior Dan Shaw (Arlington, Mass.) falls to 0-4 on the season as he pitched 4.1 innings for the Cougars, allowed nine hits, seven runs (five earned), and struck out four batters.
-Junior Zack Kopstein (Tiburon, Calif.) earned the win on the mound for MIT and improves to 2-0 on the season. He pitched six innings, allowed five hits, two runs scored (one earned), and struck out four batters.
-Clark travels to Eastern Connecticut State University on Thursday, April 4th, for an out of conference contest at 4:00 p.m.
-MIT travels to Tufts University on the same day. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.