WOCESTER, Mass. – MIT unleashed a 15-hit attack that included four home runs as the Engineers scored an 11-5 victory over Clark University in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference baseball game this afternoon. Four different players drove in a pair of runs each to lead the Engineers to the win.
Senior A.J. Hansborough (Deltona, Fla.) accounted for the first run of the game for MIT (12-13, 4-9 NEWMAC) when he led off the top of the third with his first home run of the season over the fence in left. A two-out double from freshman Hayden Cornwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) scored another run in the fourth before the Engineers extended their lead to 3-0 in the fifth on an RBI single by sophomore Sean Karson (Winter Park, Fla.)
Clark struck back in the bottom of the fifth when the Cougars loaded the bases with no outs on a double, single and a walk. Brian Sullivan plated the first run with a single through the left side before Jeremy Gerber drew a bases-loaded walk that chased MIT starter, junior Aric Dama (Winfield, Ill.).
MIT stretched its lead back to four in the seventh. Senior Torre Swanosn (Redding, Calif.) followed a two-out walk with a home run to left to make it 5-2. Karson then singled before sophomore Creed Mangrum (Sandy, Utah) brought him around with a double to left center.
Clark fought back with an RBI single from Matthew Bohl and a sac fly by Nicholas Kellogg in the bottom of the seventh only to see MIT respond with four more runs in the eighth that put the game out of reach. The Engineers started the inning with back-to-back home runs from senior Bryan Macomber (Los Altos, Calif.) and Cornwell that made it 8-4. Junior James McKinney (Wakefield, R.I.) then stroked a double to center, stole third and scored on a wild pitch. MIT then loaded the bases on a pair of walks and an infield single before Mangrum hit into a fielder's choice play to second to plate the final run of the inning.
Hansborough added an RBI double in the ninth for MIT, while Clark received an RBI double of its own in the ninth from Austin Kinief that closed out the scoring. Freshman K.J. Parent (Knoxville, Tenn.), who relieved Dama in the fifth, was the winner for the Engineers, allowing two runs, one earned, and two hits in his two innings of work. Junior Henry Zhu (Overland Park, Kan.) blanked the Cougars for 1.2 innings before Mangrum finished in the ninth. Sullivan started for Clark and was tagged for the loss, allowing six runs, five earned, and nine hits in seven innings.
MIT and Clark will finish their NEWMAC series tomorrow with a doubleheader in Cambridge that will start at 12:00 p.m.