WPI 9, Johnson & Wales 1
East Providence, RI --- Seniors Joe Walsh (Weymouth, MA), Paul Galligan (Weymouth, MA) and Jameson Kokolis (Manchester, NH) all belted two-run homers and freshman Alex Julian (Sterling, MA) tossed seven strong innings on the mound to spark undefeated WPI to a 9-1 road win over Johnson & Wales in a non-conference baseball matchup on Thursday afternoon. The victory secured a mid-week sweep for the Engineers as the Crimson and Gray won the first contest 8-4 on Tuesday.
Playing as the home team at Pierce Stadium in East Providence RI, WPI jumped out to a 2-0 advantage in the bottom of the first on RBI singles by Mike Swanton (Foxboro, MA) and Kokolis. Johnson and Wales got a run back in the top of second on a leadoff homer by Teddy Katz (Pittsburgh, PA) before the Engineers started to play long ball themselves. Walsh’s fourth career dinger in the second gave the Boynton Hillers a 4-1 advantage. WPI struck for three unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth on Galligan’s eighth career bomb and run-producing double from Swanton. Kokolis closed out the scoring in the seventh with his sixth career home run.
Julian was stellar while moving to 2-0 on the season. The right-hander scattered six hits and walked just one while fanning two. The homer allowed to Katz was the only extra base hit for the Wildcats. Jason Forte (Carlisle, MA) and Chris Walker (Brookline, NH) both pitched a scoreless inning of relief with a strikeout each.
Swanton ended the day with three hits while Cody McGregor (Westfield, MA) and Kokolis both chipped in with a pair of base hits.
Nick Marine (Bristol, RI) struck out seven while shouldering the loss for Johnson & Wales (0-10), who received two hits from catcher Joe Coppola (Ridgewood, NJ).
WPI, who is receiving votes in the latest D3baseball.com Top 25, improves to 8-0 on the season. The Engineers turn their attention to conference play as they travel to Clark for a NEWMAC doubleheader on Saturday. First pitch is slated for noon. Johnson & Wales is also back in action on Saturday, hosting Husson for a twinbill at noon.