The Springfield College baseball team played 25 innings on Saturday at MIT, and came out unsuccessful with a 6-5 loss.
In what was supposed to be a doubleheader, Game 1 lasted 17 innings whereas Game 2 had to be halted in the 8th inning due to darkness and will be resumed at a later date. Game 2 started an hour and a half late due to the prolonged time of Game 1 (over four hours).
Springfield fell in heartbreaking fashion after playing a grueling 17 innings in the first game of this doubleheader. After taking a 5-3 lead in the top of the 17th, MIT stormed back and plated three runs to walk off with a 6-5 victory, and hand the Pride its first conference loss of the year.
Brandon Russo led off the third inning with a single and swiped second. After a fly ball advanced the junior shortstop to third, Jack Cooney drove him in with a single to open the scoring. The Engineers answered in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI double off of Brian Johnson.
In the fifth inning, Cooney reached on an error and stole second. Teammate Mark Joao doubled down the left field line in the next at-bat to score Cooney and regain the lead. MIT responded in the same inning with a two-out single to even the score again.
No runs were scored until the 12th inning, but there were several opportunities for both teams. Second and third with no outs, then bases loaded with one out in the seventh saw no scoring for Springfield. Russo tripled in the ninth inning with one out and nothing became of that. First and second with one out in the tenth; still nothing.
Finally, in the 12th inning, Springfield broke through with an RBI single from Noah Bleakley to gain a 3-2 edge. A couple of errors in the bottom half led to MIT tying the game and almost winning it. However, Fletcher Comment worked out of a jam to continue the ballgame.
Again in the 13th inning, the Pride had first and second with no outs and could not capitalize. It was not until the 17th and final inning that Springfield tacked on two runs to take a 5-3 lead. Bleakley led off with a double, followed by a Jake Gleason walk. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runners over, Pete Marsicano singled up the middle to drive them both in.
Going into the bottom half, head coach Mark Simeone sent Jack Weinberger out for his fifth inning of work to try and end the game. However, the senior walked the first batter and surrendered a double to the next, sending the winning run to the plate with no outs.
Coach Sim decided after that to go with his freshman, Duncan Satterlee. The right hander surrendered the single that tied the game to the next batter, and allowed a deep double that scored the winning run from first to walk off.
The first three hitters combined for a 3-20 (.150) game, wheras the other six hitters went 11-35 (.314). Among those, Russo (4-8) and Mariscano (3-8) tallied seven of those hits. As for pitching, Johnson went seven innings and gave up one earned run while allowing six hits and striking out four. Cole Donovan followed that up with four very strong innings, allowing two hits and no earned runs. Weinberger went 4.1 innings, surrendering three hits and allowing the two tying runs in the 17th.
MIT committed five errors in the game, and Springfield was not able to take advantage of them.
Running on fumes for Game 2, the Pride trailed 6-4 when the game halted after eight full innings.
Joao opened the scoring in the first with a RBI double, scoring Chad Shade from third. MIT nodded up that game in the second with an RBI single, scoring a runner who reached on an error.
The Pride answered in the third with a three run barrage of hits. Shade singled, followed by a Cooney walk. Joao drove in Shade with a single in the next at-bat. Cooney came around to score on a wild pitch later in the inning. Jason Bean rounded out the inning with a RBI single, giving Springfield a 4-1 lead.
MIT cut the deficit in the fourth after scoring off an error from Russo at shortstop. Again in the seventh, the Engineers tied the game off an error from starter Shawn Babineau. With runners on second and third, Babineau fielded a bunt and misfired Brandon Drabinski at first, scoring both runners.
John Daley replaced Babineau in the eighth, and surrendered the go-ahead runs. After the third out, the game was called. Upon resuming, Springfield bat in the top of the ninth.
Babineau went seven strong innings, allowing zero earned runs. Although he was the one that made the error in the seventh, it was still a great outing from the leftie. He has now gone 23 consecutive innings without giving up an earned run.
More details will be given when the game resumes.