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Baseball Wins Game Two to Earn Split of Doubleheader at MIT

Baseball Wins Game Two to Earn Split of Doubleheader at MIT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Senior Jake Weiss (Irvine, Calif.) had a four-hit day and sophomore Michael Genaro (Greenwich, Conn.) tossed a complete-game in the nightcap as visiting Babson College and MIT split their New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball doubleheader on Saturday at Briggs Field. The Engineers rallied for a 7-5 win in the opener, while the Beavers picked up and 8-3 victory in game two.

Babson, which took two-out-of-three in the weekend series, improves to 12-11 overall and 6-4 in conference play, while MIT is now 13-8-1 overall and 7-5 in the NEWMAC.

Weiss was 2-for-2 with two runs scored, senior Jack Halpin (Glastonbury, Conn.) drove in a pair of runs and junior Ryan Arena (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) homered for the second consecutive day to lead the Green and White. Sophomore Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) also had two hits and classmate Eric Jaun (Loveland, Ohio) added a double in the loss.

Arena cut a 2-0 deficit in half with his leadoff homer in the second, and the Beavers scratched out a pair of runs on just one hit in the third to take a 3-2 lead. MIT tied the game in the fourth on an RBI double by sophomore Alec Kushner (Cooper City, Fla.), but Weiss scored after a leadoff single in the fifth and again after reaching with a two-out base hit in the sixth to give Babson a 5-3 edge.

The Engineers went in front for good in the bottom of the frame though, as they loaded the bases with one out and watched as junior Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz.) came through with a grand slam to left for a 7-5 lead. The Beavers got the potential go-ahead run to the plate in both the eighth and ninth innings, but were unable to rally.

Junior Teddy Carey (Upton, Mass.) took the loss to drop to 3-3 for Babson after giving up six earned runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings.

Sophomore Patrick Callahan (Vicksburg, Mich.) moved to 4-0 on the year for MIT after giving up three earned runs on seven hits in seven innings. Junior Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla.) worked around a two-out single to record his first save of the spring.

Starting on three days rest, Genaro (3-1) fanned three and gave up just three runs to record his second complete game of the season. Weiss went 2-for-5 with two runs scored,  and Arena smacked a pair of doubles and came around to score twice for Babson. Halpin and junior Mark Webber (Norwell, Mass.) also finished with two hits apiece and an RBI in the victory.  

Junior Kyle Kocher (Mesa, Ariz.) gave the Engineers a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth with a two-out, two-run single. The Beavers tied the game after loading the bases in the sixth, and then went ahead for good on Weiss' RBI single with two outs in the seventh.

Sophomore Connor Gill (Sterling, Mass.) made it a three-run game with his two-out single to plate Jaun in the eighth. Halpin scored on Arena's double in the ninth, and Webber added to the lead later in the inning with another two-out RBI single.

The run support was more than enough for Genaro, who retired the final 13 batters he faced.

MIT first-year Zachary Kopstein (Tiburon, Calif.) started and gave up three runs on six hits over 5.1 innings before being relieved by Jared Tramontano (), who dropped to 1-3 with the loss after allowing two runs in 1.2 innings of work.

Babson returns to action on Monday when it hosts WPI at 10 a.m., while MIT will visit the same Engineers on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

•    The Beavers have won five of their last seven games against the Engineers and are now 46-36-1 in the all-time series.
•    Weiss went 5-for-10 with five runs scored and two RBI, while Arena finished 6-for-14 with three doubles, two homers and five RBI in the three-game series against MIT.
•    Halpin, who leads the Beavers with 10 multi-hit games, has at least one hit in 20 of 23 games this season.