April 12, 2014

MIT Sweeps Babson To Take NEWMAC Series

BABSON PARK, Mass. – After dropping the first of a three-game New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball series yesterday to Babson College, MIT came back and took the series today with a doubleheader sweep of the Beavers. The Engineers took game one, 5-3, and then banged out 14 hits in game two on their way to a 19-6 win. 

After giving up two runs in the first inning, sophomore Nicholas Locascio (Naples, Fla.) held Babson (12-12, 6-7 NEWMAC) in check until the ninth inning. From the second through the eighth he allowed just two hits, retiring nine straight at one point. Locascio finished with 8.2 innings of work, allowing three runs on six hits while fanning six to pick up the win.

Babson loaded the bases in the first on a hit and a pair of walks for George Crowley who drove in the two runs with a single to center. MIT (13-8, 10-3 NEWMAC) answered with four in the fifth. Sophomore Nate Rodman (Corvallis, Ore.) and senior Sean Karson (Orlando, Fla.) led off with singles for the Engineers. A sacrifice attempt by K.J. Parent (Knoxville, Tenn.) was then thrown away, allowing two runs to score and Parent to reach third. He then scored on a sac fly before freshman John Drago (Peoria, Ariz.) tripled and scored on a wild pitch.

That was it until the ninth inning when both teams plated one run. Junior Karl Sorensen (Blacksburg, Va.) was hit by a pitch with two away and then came around to score when Drago's base hit to left was misplayed. Babson also picked up its run with two down, getting a Sean McPhee single and an RBI double from Joe Barry. The Beavers managed to load the bases, getting a walk and a hit batter, but senior Rob Bertucci (Belleville, Ill.) struck out the final hitter to record the save.

Babson scored in the first inning of game two as well when Dillon Gonzalez reached on an error, moved to third on a single and then scored on a balk. An error led to a pair of runs for MIT in the third, with senior Creed Mangrum (Sandy, Utah) delivering a sac fly and Rodman an RBI single that put the Engineers on top. In the fourth MIT upped its advantage to 5-1. After loading the bases on a walk, a hit batter and an infield single, Mangrum walked to force in the first run. A passed ball brought in another before junior Hayden Cornwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) finished off the inning with an RBI infield single.

Babson got one run back in the fifth on a sac fly from Shea Rosadino, but MIT broke the game open with 13 runs in the sixth, tying the school record set in a game against Brandeis in 1966. The Engineers collected just four hits in the inning, but took advantage of three errors on their way to the record-tying inning. It started when senior Jon Rea (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Drago drew walks. Three more walks were issued by the Beavers, two with the bases loaded, as MIT sent 17 hitters to the plate. Rodman drove in a pair with a bases loaded single and Cornwell later added a two-run double in his second at-bat of the inning to highlight the scoring.

Babson would score four more times in the contest, including a pair in the ninth when the Beavers picked up back-to-back RBI hits from Brendan Collins and Kevin Murphy, while MIT added an RBI single from Parent in the ninth. Freshman David Hesslink (San Diego, Calif.) went six innings to pick up the victory, allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits.

Cornwell finished the second game with a 4-for-4 day, driving in three while Rodman was 3-for-5 with four RBI. Drago and Rea both scored four times for the Engineers. MIT will play again on Tuesday when it host WPI for a NEWMAC game starting at 3:30 p.m. Babson will play again on Monday, hosting UMass Dartmouth at 3:30 p.m.