Cougars, MIT Split Hard-Hitting Twinbill

Cougars, MIT Split Hard-Hitting Twinbill

Worcester, Mass. – Both Clark University and MIT slugged their way to victories as the two New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) split a doubleheader on Monday afternoon.

The host Cougars snapped a 13-game losing streak to the Engineers in pounding out 20 hits on their way to a 21-5 win in the opener. MIT responded in the nightcap, collecting 20 hits of their own in their 11-1 triumph.

Doubleheader Information
Game 1 Score:
Clark University 21, MIT 5
Game 2 Score: MIT 11, Clark University 1
Records: Clark University (17-5, 2-3 NEWMAC); MIT (8-4, 3-1 NEWMAC)
Location: Granger Diamond, Worcester, Mass.

How It Happened In Game 1:
The Cougars wasted little time jumping on MIT starter David Hesslink (San Diego, Calif.), pushing four runs across in the top of the first highlighted by an Adam Chochrek (Foxboro, Mass.) two-run double.

Clark tacked on three more in the third as Zach Kelley (Hadley, Mass.) smacked a two-run double to left center and then Tyler Hutchinson (Greene, Maine) singled, chasing Kelley home.

MIT finally got on the board in the fourth when Kevin Cuneo (Beverly, Mass.) doubled to left putting runners on second and third. Max Lancaster (Attleboro, Mass.) then came home on a David Heller (Fair Lawn, N.J.) single up the middle, making the score 7-1.

The Cougars added a run in the fifth on a Kyle Shaw (Litchfield, N.H.) triple and a wild pitch but the Engineers got two runs in the bottom of the frame with one swing of the bat as Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz.) blasted a two-run homerun to left.

Clark was right back at it in the sixth when they got five more runs as Hutchinson delivered the biggest blow with a two-run double to left center.

Two more runs went up on the board in the seventh on back-to-back doubles by Nick Jordan (Seaford, N.Y.) and Kyle Bonicki (Waterbury, Conn.) and a bases loaded walk from Derek Lefebvre (Groton, Mass.).

The Scarlet and White had another five run inning in the eighth as Bonicki blasted a two-run homer, Hutchinson had a bases loaded walk, and then Lefebvre and Chris Dibble (Manchester, Conn.) each had RBI singles.

 MIT got a pair of runs in the eighth on consecutive doubles from Filiere and John Drago and then an unearned run with two outs.

Inside The Boxscore:
Cal Slepkow
(Rehoboth, Mass.) was stellar on the mound for Clark, going seven strong innings, scattering seven hits and three earned runs while striking out eight and walking just one.

Bonicki was 4-for-7 with four runs scored and three RBI, while Chochrek went 4-for-4 with four runs scored, two walks and two RBI.

Teddy Downing (Cambridge, Mass.) had three hits and four runs scored. Both Hutchinson and Kelley had four RBI and Lefebvre added three of his own.

Filiere went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI, including his seventh career homerun against the Cougars.

How It Happened In Game 2:
As the Cougars did in the first game, MIT jumped out to an early lead and never really looked back, scoring five runs in the second inning off of starter Mike Tice (Chelmsford, Mass.).

After retiring the first batter of the inning, Tice ran into trouble, giving up four straight singles – the last coming off of the bat of Alec Kushner (Cooper City, Fla.) that gave the Engineers their first run. A sacrifice fly from Heller doubled the lead and then Jared Schwait (North Broward, Fla.) delivered a two-run single and Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla.) doubled him home.

MIT added two more runs in the third on a sacrifice fly from Kushner and a Schwait single to center.

Clark's lone run came in the fourth when Bonicki led off the inning with a double and then scored on Kelley fielder's choice.

The Engineers added two more runs in the bottom of the inning, including one on a solo homerun from Matt Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.).

Schwait and Greenwood each added an RBI in the eighth to account for the final score.

Inside The Boxscore:
Tice (2-1) takes the loss in the nightcap – the first of his career – going 1.2 innings and allowing six hits and five earned runs.

Patrick Callahan (Vicksburg, Mich.) was excellent for the Engineers, going seven innings, allowing just four hits and striking out eight.

Schwait went 2-for-5 with four RBI from his leadoff spot for MIT, who got three hits and two RBI from Greenwood and four hits from Johnston.

Up Next:
Clark – at Wheaton College, Wednesday, April 5, 3:30 p.m.
MIT – vs. Springfield College, Tuesday, April 4, 3:30 p.m.

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