May 13, 2013

MIT Earns At-Large Bid to NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Fresh off of winning the 2013 ECAC Division III New England Baseball Championship yesterday, the MIT baseball team learned today that it has received an at-large bid to the 2013 NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament. It will be the second appearance in three years for the Engineers who were also selected in 2011. MIT, the No. 5 seed in its regional, will open NCAA play against Western New England, the No. 4 seed, on Wednesday, May 15. The regional will be played at Harwich, Massachusetts and is hosted by the ECAC.

MIT (27-11) broke the school record for wins this weekend in its sweep through the ECAC Championships, surpassing the old mark of 25 that was reached twice before with a 12-0 win over Elms College on Saturday. Head Coach Andy Barlow, the 2013 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, led MIT to a second-place finish in the regular season NEWMAC standings with a 13-5 record, with the Engineers the only team in the NEWMAC that won the regular season series with NEWMAC champion Wheaton College.

Offensively MIT is lead by a pair of all-conference outfielders. Sophomore Hayden Cornwell (Newport Beach, Calif.), a second team All-NEWMAC pick, leads the team in hitting (.357), doubles (15), home runs (3), RBI (36) and slugging (.552). First team selection, junior Creed Mangrum (Sandy, Utah) shares the team lead in home runs (3) with Cornwell and is second on the team in batting average (.331).

With a team ERA of 2.89, pitching is a strength of the MIT team, led by its starting staff of seniors Aric Dama (Winfield, Ill.) and Max Ockner (Chesterfield, Mo.) and freshman Nicholas Locascio (Naples, Fla.). Dama, a second team all-NEWMAC pick, posted a 7-2 record to lead the team in wins, as well as innings pitched (66.0) and strikeouts (53) while posting a 2.18 ERA. Ockner, also a second team all-NEWMAC selection, went 5-2 with a 2.28 ERA while Locascio, who was named the Most Outstanding Player at the ECAC Tournament after throwing a complete game, two-hit shutout against Coast Guard in the championship game, finished with a 5-1 record and a 1.41 ERA.

The remaining seeds at the Harwich regional are No. 1 seed Southern Maine, No. 2 Wheaton (Mass.), No. 3 Endicott, No. 6 St. Joseph's (Maine), No. 7 Salem State and No. 8 Daniel Webster.