WPI Rallies to Sweep Bears; Lhotka Homers Twice

Jeremy Lhotka
Jeremy Lhotka

NORTHBORO, Mass. --  WPI overcame deficits in both games and swept a key New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader from Coast Guard winning the opener 9-3 and the nightcap 5-1 at the New England Baseball Complex to complete the sweep of the three-game weekend series.

Jeremy Lhotka homered for Coast Guard in each game to bring his team leading total to five. Only five players in program history have hit more than five homers in a single season, the last being Timbo Duncan, who hit a single-season school record nine homers in 2017.

WPI now stands at 20-10 overall and 6-5 in the NEWMAC while Coast Guard drops to 14-13 overall and 4-9 in league play.
 
The Bears are back in action on Tuesday when they host MIT in a NEWMAC game at 3:30.

GAME ONE – WPI 9, COAST GUARD 3

Coast Guard built and early 3-0 lead as  Lhotka hit a two-run homer in the top of the first and Luke Thompson scored on a wild pitch in the third.

WPI would take the lead 5-3 with four runs in the fifth, with the key hit being a three-run double by Matt Howard turning a 3-2 deficit into the 5-3 edge.

The Engineers added one in the sixth and two more in the seventh on RBI doubles by Howard and David Larson for an 8-3 lead.

PJ Gravalec (0-3) took the loss for the Bears, who were held to just four hits in the game one loss.

GAME TWO – WPI 5, COAST GUARD 1

Dustin Reeder shutdown WPI allowing just three hits over the first seven innings and Lhotka's solo homer in the fourth gave Coast Guard a 1-0 lead.

WPI would however score five runs in the eighth as the Engineers took the lead on a two-run homer by  Larson and had six hits in the inning handing Connor Glynn (5-1) his first loss of the season.

Will Stephens had a pair of hits in the loss for the Bears.




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