EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. – MIT banged out 12 hits and took advantage of four Johnson & Wales errors to score a 12-5 non-conference baseball victory over the Wildcats this afternoon at Pierce Field. Sophomore Hayden Cornwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) went 3-for-5 and scored twice, with junior Creed Mangrum (Sandy, Utah) and senior Ricardo Perez (Vienna, Va.) each driving in a pair of runs to lead the Engineers.
MIT (10-2) struck early for three runs in the first after freshman Jacob Rothman (Charlotte, N.C.) started things by reaching on an error and then moving to second on a wild pitch. With one down Mangrum doubled to the gap in right center to plate the first run of the game. Cornwell followed with a triple to make it 2-0 before coming home on a ground out off the bat of Perez.
The Engineers added to the lead in the second, loading the bases with one down for senior James McKinney (Wakefield, R.I.) who singled to right to score one run. Mangrum then added his second RBI of the day on a sac fly to bump the Engineers lead to 5-0.
Sophomore K.J. Parent (Knoxville, Tenn.) started for MIT and scattered a pair of hits over the first two innings before running into some trouble in the third. Johnson & Wales (12-5) got singles from Tyler Newell and Kory Ferullo around a fly out, with both runners advancing a base on Ferullo's hit when it was misplayed in right. Alex Pezzuto then delivered both runs with a single to left to make it 5-2.
Two more in the fifth for the Wildcats made it a one-run game. With two away Ferullo singled ahead of Zack Boyes, who also singled. His ball was misplayed in the outfield, however, allowing both runners to score. MIT got one back in the sixth when sophomore Parker Tew (Chapel Hill, N.C.) and junior Jon Rea (Palo Alto, Calif.) picked up back-to-back singles, with Tew advancing to third. The pair then pulled off a double steal, with Tew's run making it 6-4 in favor of MIT.
MIT then took advantage of a Johnson & Wales error in the seventh, scoring three times on just one hit. The Engineers loaded the bases when the first three hitters reached on a hit batter, a walk and a single. Perez then hit a ball to third that was misplayed into an error, allowing two runs to score. Tew then drew a walk to load the bases again before Rea lofted a sac fly to center to bring in the third run.
Johnson & Wales got one of the runs back in the bottom half of the inning, loading the bases on pair of hits and a hit batter. With one down Pezzuto grounded out to short for an RBI, making it a 9-5 game.
MIT iced it in the top of the ninth scoring three more on three hits and an error, with Tew getting an RBI groundout and freshman Kendall Helbert (St. Louis, Mo.) and RBI double.
Helbert finished with a pair of hits for MIT, going 2-for-5 while scoring once and driving in one. Ferullo led the attack for the Wildcats, going 4-for-5 and scoring twice, with Pezzuto finishing 2-for-4 and driving in three. Freshman Nicholas Locascio (Naples, Fla.) picked up his first career win for MIT, going 1.1 innings in relief without giving up a hit while striking out one. Johnson & Wales starter Jake Marchesseault took the loss, falling to 2-2 after going six innings and giving up seven hits, six runs, only two of which were earned, and striking out six.
MIT will return to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference play in its next outing when it hosts Babson College on Tuesday, April 2 at 3:30 p.m. Johnson & Wales will play next on Tuesday as well, playing a Great Northeast Athletic Conference doubleheader at Albertus Magnus.