Leesburg ,FL --- Infielders Vinny D'Ambrosio (Mahopac, NY) and Zach Blanchard (Warwick, RI) combined for four hits, five runs scored and three runs batted in as the WPI baseball team took game one of a doubleheader versus Westfield State, 8-4, as Craig Teed (Stratham, NH) won his first start of 2014 on Monday at Pat Thomas Stadium in Leesburg, FL.
The Engineers rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the nightcap to tie the game at 3-3 in the fifth, but the Owls earned the split by pushing across three more runs in the bottom of the sixth to win, 6-3.
Teed allowed two runs on two hits in the first inning but he settled down there after, giving up just one run and scattering three hits over his final five innings of work.
D'Ambrosio led off the bottom of the first with a single and later scored on a DJ Ouellette (Watertown, CT) sacrifice fly. D'Ambrosio played a role in three different run-scoring innings for WPI, driving in runs in both the second and third innings.
Blanchard highlighted a three-run second for the Engineers as he singled and scored, helping WPI to jump ahead to a 4-2 advantage.
The Owls got a run back in the third inning, but WPI regained control in the bottom of the fourth, tacking on another three runs to make the score 7-3.
Blanchard scored the first run of the inning off a single to right by John Caliri (Hanson, MA). D'Ambrosio brought around Caliri, later stole second and then came home off of an error.
D'Ambrosio drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth inning to plate Blanchard for the final run.
Sean Greene (Hingham, MA) tossed the top of the seventh for WPI.
Blanchard and Nick Comei (Haverhill, MA) both had two hits in the second game of the day as the Engineers to by a 6-3 score to set their record at 2-2 on the season.
Sean Kelly (Shrewsbury, MA) whacked a two-run double in the third as the Engineers pulled level at 3-3. Comei and John McGonagle (Medford, MA) both scored. Kelly later came around off an error to complete the WPI scoring.
Mike Vaitkunas (Auburn, MA) went 5 1/3 innings on the mound, taking the loss.
Westfield State was led in the second game by Dan McCormack (Shelton, CT) and Danny DiMatteo (Dennis, MA), who both had two hits. McCormack drove in four runs.
The Owls' Justin Thomson (Yarmouth Port, MA) tossed two scoreless innings to close out the game and pick up the win.
After a day off on Tuesday, WPI (2-2) is back at it again Wednesday, clashing with Curry in a 2pm doubleheader in Auburndale, FL.
Release by Carl Setterlund - WPI Athletics Intern - Emerson '14