CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT completed a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference baseball series sweep this afternoon by taking both ends of a doubleheader from Emerson College. The Engineers took the first game, 17-0, and came back to take the nightcap, 15-2.
MIT (10-6, 7-2 NEWMAC) decided the first game early. Freshman David Hesslink (San Diego, Calif.) set down Emerson (3-15, 1-6 NEWMAC) in order in the first before the MIT bats took over in the bottom half of the inning. With one down junior Parker Tew (Chapel Hill, N.C.) doubled and freshman John Drago (Peoria, Ariz.) brought him home with a single. MIT went on to bat around in the frame, sending 17 batters to the plate in what turned into a 10-run inning that saw the Engineers come up with nine hits while taking advantage of one error. Junior Hayden Cornwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) had a pair of RBI singles while sophomore Nate Rodman (Corvallis, Ore.) added a two-run single in the uprising.
Hesslink went on to pick up the victory, improving to 3-0 on the season after allowing just three hits over seven innings while striking out six and walking one. Sophomore Eric Tu (San Roman, Calif.) finished up by allowing a pair of hits over the final two innings while striking out four.
MIT scored in each of the first five innings of the contest, including a three-run home run by Drago in the fourth. Freshman Connor Damiano (Randolph, N.J.) had a pair of hits in three trips to lead Emerson while also pitching a scoreless inning in the sixth, striking out a pair.
After a pair of scoreless innings to start things off in game two, Emerson took a 1-0 lead in the third when sophomore Jim Cain (Wakefield, Mass.) led off with a walk, moved to third on a wild pitch and a groundout, and came around to score on a base hit by freshman Mitch Moormann (Hollywood, Fla.).
MIT answered in the bottom half of the inning, loading the bases on three hit batters. Cornwell then put the Engineers on top with a two-run single. In the fifth Cornwell upped the lead to 4-1 with a two-run home run to left, with senior Patrick Dayton (Archer City, Texas) later scoring on a wild pitch after reaching on a single.
Drago iced the win in the seventh when he capped off a six-run uprising with a two-run home run. Senior Rob Bertucci (Bellville, Ill.) picked up the win on the mound, coming in for the third inning and tossing three innings, giving up one run on two hits while striking out two.
Cornwell went 2-for-4 with four RBI in game two for MIT, with Dayton and junior Reid Bishop (Cypress, Texas) both collecting three hits each for the Engineers. Sophomore Steven Cameron (Lansdale, Pa.) led Emerson with a 2-for-4 day, driving in one run.
MIT will take on another NEWMAC foe Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. when the Engineers will take on WPI in a game that will be played at Assumption College. Emerson will play a doubleheader at WPI tomorrow starting at 3:00 p.m.