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Behind the strength of a six-run second inning and a four-run burst in the eighth, the MIT Baseball team defeated Wentworth Institute of Technology, 13-4, on Wednesday afternoon. With the win, the Engineers improved to 4-2 on the year while the Leopards’ ledger lowered to 7-6.

Junior James R. McKinney went 1-for-2 on the day with a two-run homerun, and added four runs and three walks for MIT. Bryan A. Macomber ’12 generated a 2-for-4 performance, tacking on two RBI and a walk as Jonathan E. Rea ’14 had a 1-for-2 outing to go along with three runs and two RBI.

On the mound, senior Torre M. Swanson started for the Engineers, striking out four batters in two innings. Brandon M. Lowe ’14 had a flawless 1-2-3 outing en route to the win while fellow classmate Timothy M. Wilson ’14 continued the shutout in the fourth inning.

Freshman Jake Mailman went 2-for-4 including a double, two RBI, and one run for Wentworth. Scott Ouellette ’15 posted a triple in his three at bats which resulted in two RBI. Ben Lewis ’14 pitched five innings, striking out four and surrendering seven hits and three walks in the loss.

With two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the second, Rea singled to centerfield, plating Zachary J. Carr ’12 and Hayden K. Cornwell ’15. After a walk to Parker A. Tew ’15, an error brought Rea and Reid Bishop ’15 home. A single by Macomber to left field scored McKinney and Tew, resulting in a 6-0 advantage. The Engineers then extended their lead in the fourth inning courtesy of McKinney’s two-run homerun to right field.

The Leopards ended the shutout in the fifth frame, generating their own two-out rally. With Mailman and senior Joe Meucci on first and second courtesy of a pair singles, Ouellette blasted triple down the right field line to clear the bases. The next inning, Wentworth tacked on two more runs to narrow its deficit to 8-4. Wentworth players Jon Spitz ’14 and Conner Flisnik ’12 reached on walks and advanced on wild pitches. Mailman followed with a double to centerfield which resulted in the Leopards’ final runs of the day.

In the bottom half of the sixth, McKinney drew a walk and then stole second base. A single by Macomber through the left side increased the Cardinal and Gray’s margin to 9-4. MIT capped the scoring in the eighth by capitalizing on pitching control issues that produced four runs.

MIT kicks off NEWMAC play on Friday, March 16 in a home game versus Wheaton College.