Auburndale, FL --- Juniors Austin Lindner (W. Windsor, NJ) and Ryan Tropeano (Pembroke, MA) each went 3-for-4 and combined for five runs scored as WPI won the second game of a baseball doubleheader with Anna Maria Friday at the RussMatt Invitational. The AMCATS (3-5) won the opener 4-3 while the Engineers (4-4) took the nightcap 13-3.
WPI capitalized on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by sophomore David Larson (Port Tobacco, MD) to claim a 2-0 lead after one in the second game. The Engineers added three more in the second behind a bases-loaded walk by junior Steven Gallagher (Coventry, RI) and a 2-RBI single by senior Matt Howard (Worcester, MA).
Anna Maria then began a string of three consecutive one-run frames while the Engineers also plated one in the third with a hit up the middle by junior Josh Herlands (Glastonbury, CT). WPI went on to score the final seven of the game. Larson scampered home on a wild pitch and Lindner drove an RBI single to right center in the fifth as Gallagher doubled and sophomore Tyrone Patterson (Upper Marlboro, MD) to bring in a pair in the sixth.
Lindner made it 11-3 with a home run to left. Senior Evan Lacroix (Methuen, MA) and Howard finished off the scoring with RBI singles.
Lacroix, Howard and Patterson each posted a pair of hits as Tropeano and Lacroix each stole two bases.
After Anna Maria built a 4-0 lead in the first game, WPI began to whittle down the margin as Lindner cleared the left field fence in the third and followed with a productive ground out in the fourth. With two outs in the seventh, Lacroix made it a one-run game with a hit down the left field line.
The Engineers close out their trip with a 9am set versus St. Joseph's (ME).