Northboro, MA --- Andrew Portera (Alpharetta, GA) allowed only one hit in the first seven innings and DJ Ouellette (Watertown, CT) led WPI at the plate with a 3-for-3 day, including four RBI and four runs scored as the Engineers snapped a five-game skid with a 12-0 victory in a NEWMAC baseball matchup on Tuesday at the New England Baseball Complex.
The Engineers scored almost all the runs they would need in the bottom of the second. Ouellette, who led off the frame with a single up the middle, scored from first on John Mulready(Rockland, MA) RBI double to center field. Later in the frame, Nick Comei (Haverhill, MA) sent a single through the left side to chase home Mulready for the 2-0 Engineer advantage.
WPI pushed three more across in the third, which included a run-producing double by Sean Greene (Hingham, MA). Ouellette smacked a three-run homerun to highlight the five-run fourth while Alex Venditti (Newton, MA) homered to right center and Steve Petry (Worcester, MA) drew a bases loaded walk in the fifth.
The Lions broke up the shutout in the ninth as Malcolm Kelner (Minnetonka, MN) singled, stole second and scored following a pair of wild pitches. Jim Cain (Wakefield, MA) doubled down the left field line to deliver a two-out RBI in the form of Connor Damiano (Randolph, NJ) for the 12-2 final.
Portera struck out two in the victory as Greene pitched a hitless eighth and Drew Gelinas(Saco, ME) was on the bump for the ninth.
Jack Capotorto (Brielle, NJ) yielded to Steven Cameron (Lansdale, PA) after three innings while Kyle Becker (Jericho, NY) pitched the final four innings for the Lions.
WPI (11-9, 2-4 NEWMAC) is scheduled to return to action on Friday with a 3:30pm NEWMAC West Division set with Clark at the New England Baseball Complex. Emerson (0-13, 0-2 NEWMAC) opens a NEWMAC East Division weekend series at MIT on Friday at 3pm.
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