MIT Eliminated from NCAA Tournament by Daniel Webster

HARWICH, Mass. – MIT saw an early three-run lead erased by a four-run fifth inning and a five-run seventh as No. 8 seeded Daniel Webster College came from behind to defeat No. 5 MIT by a final of 10-4 at the NCAA Division III Regional Baseball Tournament this morning. Sophomore Parker Tew (Chapel Hill, N.C.) went 3-for-5, including a home run, for the Engineers who were eliminated from the tournament with the loss.

After holding Daniel Webster (29-11) scoreless in the first, MIT (27-13) put three runs on the board in its half of the inning to take an early lead. Junior Creed Mangrum (Sandy, Utah) started things off with an infield single, advancing to second on a sacrifice by senior James McKinney (Wakefield, R.I.). After moving to third on a wild pitch, Mangrum came in to score on a single by sophomore Hayden Cornwell (Newport Beach, Calif.). With one down, Tew hit his second home run of the season, smacking it down the left field line, giving the Engineers a 3-0 lead.

In the top of the second Daniel Webster got one of the runs back. A throwing error allowed Elliot Kilgore to reach safely ahead of a triple by Tyler Bonin. The Engineers escaped further damage when Bonin was caught in a run down by freshman catcher Kendall Helbert (St. Louis, Mo.) on a come-backer to the mound.

MIT moved its lead back to three runs in the bottom of the inning. Sophomore K.J. Parent (Knoxville, Tenn.) led off the frame with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice. Mangrum and McKinney then followed with singles, with McKinney's hit to right bringing in Parent to make it 4-1. McKinney's single knocked out Daniel Webster starter, Ariel Ramos, who allowed six hits and four runs in 1.1 innings.

MIT starter, senior Aric Dama (Winfield, Ill.) allowed just two hits over the first four innings, but ran into trouble in the fifth. Lizotte led off with a single, eventually scoring off a single through the left side by Devin DeCarteret. That was the first of four consecutive hits by the Eagles, with Josh Chasse knocking an RBI double down the line in left and Darrik Marstaller driving in the tying and go-ahead runs with a single through the right side.

Zach Hurley, who relieved Ramos in the second, held MIT in check for nearly six innings and would wind up with the win after going 5.2 innings and allowing five hits, striking out three while issuing four walks. MIT twice loaded the bases with one out against Hurley, once in the fifth and again in the sixth, but could not come up with the big hit it needed as he recovered to record the final two outs each time, three on pop-ups and one on a strikeout, to end the threats.

Daniel Webster broke it open in the seventh with a five-run inning, with Lizotte capping off the rally with a solo home run to left. Mike Patane came on to throw the final two innings, surrendering a pair of hits. Both  of those came in the ninth when Cornwell doubled and Tew singled to start the inning, only to be stranded as Patane came back to retire the next three hitters to end it.

Tew, who went 5-for-9 with a double, home run, two RBI and two runs scored in MIT's two games in the tournament, was named to the all-tournament team for his play.

Mangrum also finished with three hits for MIT, scoring once, with McKinney, Cornwell and Parent all collecting a pair of hits. Lizotte led Daniel Webster with three hits, while Bonin drove in three for the Eagles.