WORCESTER, Mass. (WPRI) – The baseball team dropped a 17-7 decision against WPI in a non-conference contest at the New England Baseball Complex on Tuesday afternoon.
Junior Tom Elkow (Morganville, N.J.) went 1-for-3 with an RBI in the loss for Johnson & Wales while sophomore Lou Umberto (Cranston, R.I.) notched a pair of hits in the loss for the Wildcats. Senior Shawn Haugh (Tampa, Fla.) took the loss on the mound for JWU, allowing seven unearned runs on six hits with four strikeouts in two innings of work.
WPI was led by junior Vinny D’Ambrosio (Mahopac, N.Y.) who went 3-for-6 with three runs and an RBI while junior Sean Greene (Hingham, Mass.) was 3-for-5 with two runs. Senior Zach Blanchard (Warwick, R.I.) was 3-for-4 with two runs and four RBI in the victory for the Engineers. Sophomore CJ Doskocil (Sterling, Mass.) picked up the win in relief for WPI, giving up two runs on one hit with five strikeouts in two and two third innings of work.
Johnson & Wales scored a pair of runs in the top of the first for the early lead. Freshman Rob Ballinger (South Kingstown, R.I.) scored on an infield miscue and junior Jordan Pilarski (Garnet Valley, Pa.) delivered an RBI double down the left field line for the 2-0 advantage.
WPI responded with a six-run surge in the home half of the frame, including a grand slam from Blanchard for the 6-2 lead. The Engineers tacked another run on in the bottom of the second before JWU junior Ty Karalis (Seekonk, Mass.) pushed sophomore Carlos Sanabria (Pawtucket, R.I.) home with a bases-loaded RBI ground out in the top of the third.
Following a weather-related delay in the action, Alex Venditti (Newton, Mass.) utilized an RBI single in the bottom of the third and Sean Kelly (Shrewsbury, Mass.) added a run-producing triple in the fourth to make it a 10-3 advantage for WPI. The Wildcats scratched two more across in the fifth to cut the deficit in half as Karalis scored on a miscue following a double steal and Elkow drew a bases-loaded walk to make the score 10-5. That would be as close as JWU would get, however as WPI added five in the sixth and one in the seventh en route to the 17-7 victory.
With the loss Johnson & Wales is now 3-5 on the year while WPI improves to 8-4 for the season. The Wildcats will return to action, weather and field conditions permitting, on Friday, March 20th when they host Fitchburg State in a non-conference contest starting at 3:00 p.m.