Fitchburg, Mass. -- April 1, 2007 --- WPI amassed 22 total hits in a NEWMAC baseball sweep of Springfield on Sunday. The contests, which had been rescheduled from last Saturday, were relocated to Fitchburg State due to wet field conditions at WPI.
Freshman designated hitter Mike Swanton (Foxboro, Mass.) launched the first homerun of his career to help WPI to an 8-2 win over the Pride in game one. The Engineers received an outstanding pitching performance from Brian Duncan (West Suffield, Conn.), who went the distance (seven innings), while allowing just two runs on five hits while fanning six to improve to 2-1.
Down 1-0 in the third inning, WPI put together a five-run rally highlighted by Swanton’s blast to right center to knock in two runs. Ryan Rainone (Oakville, Conn.) singled home the inning’s first run with a single up the middle that scored Matt Fiore (Wakefield, Mass.) who had gotten aboard after being hit by a pitch. The Engineers' fifth run came on a Cody McGregor (Westfield, Mass.) single to right field that plated Rainone.
WPI put three more runs on the board in the fourth inning to take an 8-1 advantage. The inning featured doubles from Fiore and Lyle Miller (Milford, Conn.) while Paul Galligan (Weymouth, Mass.) and Scott MacDonald (Gorham, Me.) each registered singles.
Springfield shortstop Tim Romeo (Whitesboro, N.Y.) was 2-for-2 with one RBI while teammates Jeff Hewes (Groton, Conn.), Ryan Tatreau (Greenfield, Mass.), and Drew Michael (Longmeadow, Mass.) all recorded hits for the Pride. Joe Carlos (Hampden, Mass.) took the loss on the hill for Springfield and fell to 0-3 on the season.
In game two of the twin-bill, the Engineers got on the board early in a 13-4 win. WPI went up 2-0 in the second on singles from Miller and MacDonald. Springfield retaliated with one run in the top of the third to cut the WPI advantage to 2-1 when Hewes doubled to bring home Chris Stack (Albany, N.Y.) who had singled earlier in the inning.
Scott McNee (Falmouth, Mass.) doubled the Engineers' score in the fourth when he nailed a home run to straight away center field to score McGregor who had reached on a throwing error to give WPI a 4-1 lead. Springfield came roaring back in the top of the fifth via a three-run shot from Romeo to knot the score at 4-4.
WPI took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth before adding four runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to secure the win. The eight-run spurt featured hits from Galligan, MacDonald, Miller, Rainone, and Fiore. Fiore led the WPI attack going 2-for-5 to knock in four runs and score two runs, while Rainone was 2-for-5 with one RBI and two runs scored. McNee added three RBI in the victory.
Springfield was led by Romeo who went 3-for-4 with three RBI while left fielder Stack poked three hits of his own. Derek Hodder (Hamden, Conn.) (1-2) took the loss for the Pride as he allowed nine runs on ten hits while striking out two in 5 2/3 innings of work.
Ryan Smalanskas (Shrewsbury, Mass.) earned the win on the hill for the Crimson and Gray, throwing 5 2/3 innings, and giving up four runs on nine hits while fanning six. Smalanskas is now 2-1 on the season. Freshman Nolan Murphy (Northboro, Mass.) and Thomas Whiting combined to register the final ten outs while not allowing a run.
With the sweep, WPI ups its record to 8-10 overall (3-1 NEWMAC) while Springfield falls to 2-13 overall (0-4 NEWMAC). Springfield next plays on Monday, April 2 at home at Berry-Allen Field versus Westfield State at 3:30 p.m.