Big Innings Propels Undefeated Baseball by Johnson & Wales

Mike Swanton

WPI 8, Johnson & Wales 4

Box Score

East Providence, RI --- WPI scored eight straight runs to erase an early deficit en route to a 8-4 victory over host Johnson & Wales in a non-conference baseball contest played on Tuesday afternoon.  The Engineers, who are receiving votes in the latest Top 25, improve to 7-0 on the spring while the Wildcats slip to 0-9.

JWU scored first when they strung three two-out singles together in the bottom of the first inning with Teddy Katz’s (Pittsburgh, MA) base hit platting Nick Alosco (Mahopac, NY).     

The Crimson and Gray took a lead it would not relinquish in the second when Jameson Kokolis (Manchester, NH) poked a two-run single through the left side.  WPI increased the advantage to 5-1 an inning later on RBI singles by Paul Galligan (Weymouth, MA) and Mike Swanton (Foxboro, MA) and a sacrifice fly from Nick Bean (Middleboro, MA).  After a scoreless fourth frame, Matt Moreau (Manchester, MA) deposited a two-run homer to left center and Mitch McClune (Pembroke, MA) added a run-producing double.  

Johnson & Wales would not go away quietly.   The hosts got a run back in the bottom of sixth on a Nick Simon (Rumford, RI) solo homer and two more in the seventh on an Alosco RBI single and a wild pitch.

Ryan Marques (Gloucester, MA) improved to 2-0 on the season, working the first six innings.  The senior right-hander allowed just two runs while scattering eight hits and fanning four. Freshman Shane Sampson (Worcester, MA) and reigning NEWMAC Pitcher of the Week Thomas Whiting (Farmington Hills, MI) tossed perfect 1-2-3 frames in the eighth and ninth innings respectively.    

Jeff Jordan (Woodbridge, NJ) (0-3) was saddled with the loss for the Wildcats while Marc Sommerhalter (Emerson, NJ) tossed three scoreless innings of relief.

The game well played as each team turned two double plays and combined to commit only one error on the day.  Moreau and Alosco both tallied three hits while Mark Dignum (Albany, NY) chipped in with two doubles for the Engineers and Waldis Garcia (Lowell, MA) notched a pair of singles for the hosts.      

The game was moved to Pierce Field in East Providence, RI due to wet field conditions in Worcester.  The two teams will conclude their midweek series on Thursday when then tangle against at Pierce.  In the meantime the Wildcats head to New London, CT for a Wednesday match-up with Coast Guard.