Auburndale, FL --- The WPI baseball team amassed 25 hits on the opening day of the 2015 season to defeat Husson 11-4 and 9-6 on Sunday at the RussMatt Invitational.
The Engineers, who opened the season 2-0 for the first time since 2010, enjoyed a 14-6 margin in the hit column in game one and an 11-7 differential in game two.
WPI 11, Husson 4
The Crimson and Gray used a six run outburst in the bottom of the first which began with a 2-RBI double by DJ Ouellette (Watertown, CT). Sean Kelly (Shrewsbury, MA) added an RBI single while John Caliri (Hanson, MA) used a bases clearing double to make it a 6-0 ballgame.
WPI tacked on four more in the third. Nick Comei (Haverhill, MA) and Sean Greene (Hingham, MA) each used an outfield single to plate a run. Alex Venditti (Newton, MA) followed with a 2-RBI single to right.
Husson began to chip away with a run in the fourth, fifth and sixth. The Engineers grabbed a run back when Anthony Capuano (Stoneham, MA) scored on a Vinny D'Ambrosio (Mahopac, NY) single to center in the sixth. The Eagles responded in the top of the seventh for the 11-4 final.
Comei, Greene, Capuano, Kelly and Caliri all registered a pair of hits for the Engineers.
WPI 9, Husson 6
The Crimson and Gray once again took the lead in the first inning, this time with a three-run spurt. D'Ambrosio scampered home on a miscue and Ouellette delivered two more with a double to center. Husson responded with a run in the bottom half of the frame.
WPI plated two more in the third as Ouellette lifted a sacrifice fly to right and Capuano sent an RBI single to center. Greene's single to right in the fourth gave the Engineers the 6-1 lead.
The Eagles pulled within two courtesy of a three-run fifth. They dented the scoreboard again in the sixth to make it a one-run ballgame.
A pair of miscues yielded a pair of runs while D'Ambrosio logged an RBI single as the Engineers pulled away once more. Husson had the final say with a run in the seventh.
D'Ambrosio, Greene and Venditti each went 2-for-5 in the nightcap.
WPI returns to the diamond tomorrow for a 1:30pm twinbill with Roger Williams.
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