March 15, 2014

Baseball Splits Pair In Virginia

HAMPTON, Va. – Playing a pair of games on its second day of action in Virginia, the MIT baseball team split its two contests, falling in the first to Tufts University, 9-5, before coming back to down St. Vincent College by a 10-3 score. Senior Creed Mangrum (Sandy, Utah) was a combined 5-for-9 with four doubles for the Engineers, with junior Parker Tew (Chapel Hill, N.C.) banging out six hits.

Tufts (3-0) jumped out to an early 6-0 lead, scoring twice in the first and adding a four-spot in the second. In the bottom of the first the Jumbos took advantage of a pair of two-out walks, getting a single from Mike Barry that scored a pair with the aid of an MIT error. In the second Tufts scored its four runs on just a pair of hits, but one was a three-run home run by Wade Hauser that made it 6-0.

MIT got one back in the third on senior Jon Rea's (Palo Alto, Calif.) RBI single. The Engineers then came back with four in the sixth to make it a one-run game. Mangrum and freshman John Drago (Peoria, Ariz.) started the inning with back-to-back doubles to score the first run before Tew followed with a run-scoring triple to cut the Tufts lead to three. Juniors Hayden Cornwell (Newport Beach. Calif.) and Phil Reiser (Alpharetta, Ga.) later added RBI groundouts to make it a 6-5 game.

Tufts took advantage of a pair of MIT errors in the bottom half of the inning, scoring twice to push its lead back to three. The Jumbos then added another run in the seventh on an RBI single by Tom Petry. Willie Archibald tossed the final three innings for Tufts, striking out three without allowing a hit to record the save. Andrew David started and picked up the win for the Jumbos, tossing six innings and giving up nine hits and five runs while striking out four. Sophomore Nicholas Locascio (Naples, Fla.) started and took the loss for MIT, giving up eight runs, five earned, and six hints over 5.1 innings.

In the second game against St. Vincent, MIT (2-1) struck early and never trailed. The Engineers opened the game with a pair of base hits before sophomore Kendall Helbert (St. Louis, Mo.) plated the first run of the game with a fielder's choice. Drago and Reiser later added back-to-back RBI singles to put MIT up 3-0. The Bearcats struck for a run in the bottom of the inning on a Jon White double, but Cornwell countered with his first home run of the season in the second, a two-run shot that made it 5-1.

In his first collegiate start, freshman David Hesslink (San Diego, Calif.) was solid, picking up the win with five innings of work in which he allowed four hits and one earned run while striking out nine. Junior K.J. Parent (Knoxville, Tenn.) tossed three innings of one-hit ball for the Engineers, with sophomore Michael Wymer (Flower Mound, Texas) finishing things off with an inning that included a strikeout. 

Mangrum made it a 7-1 game in the top of the fifth with a two-run double, but the Bearcats countered in the bottom of the inning when they pushed two across with a hit batter and a walk after loading the bases with two away. The Engineers completed the scoring on a Cornwell sac fly in the seventh and a wild pitch in the ninth that allowed Mangrum to scamper home from third.

MIT will finish its visit to Virginia tomorrow with a rematch against Tufts at Noon.