- Records: No. 4 MIT (19-13); No. 1 Babson College (30-10)
- Score: No. 1 Babson 7, No. 4 MIT 3
- Location: Babson Park, Mass. (Govoni Field)
- The Lead: On Friday at the 2018 NEWMAC Baseball Tournament, the No. 4 seeded MIT baseball team dropped a 7-3 final to top-seeded Babson College at Govoni Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In the top of the first, the Engineers took a quick 1-0 edge as senior Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla.) scored on an RBI single through the left side from senior Max Lancaster (Attleboro, Mass.). Greenwood led the inning off with a double down the line in right field and came home on Lancaster's one-out hit. The Beavers tied the game up at 1-1 in the bottom of the second as Sean Harrington scored on a double to left center from Eric Jaun as Babson took advantage of two MIT errors.
- In the bottom of the fourth, Greenwood climbed the wall in center to pull back a Brian McHale home run to keep the game tied before the Beavers struck for four runs in the inning on four hits to seize the 5-1 advantage.
- The Engineers answered with two runs in the fifth on a two-out homer to right from Greenwood and another Lancaster RBI single that plated senior David Heller (Fair Lawn, N.J.) with an unearned run. McHale closed out the scoring for the Beavers in the bottom of the sixth as he launched a two-run homer to center that scored David Lennon for the 7-3 final.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Greenwood was 3-for-5 with two runs scored in the leadoff spot for MIT, while Lancaster was 2-for-4 with two RBI and junior Alec Kushner (Cooper City, Fla.) was also 2-for-4. Matthew Valente paced Babson's offense with a 3-for-4 outing, along with three RBI from McHale and a 2-for-5 game from Ryan Arena.
- Junior Patrick Callahan (Vicksburg, Mich.) took the loss for MIT to fall to 2-4 after 3.2 innings and five runs allowed, while Babson's Connor Gill went with the distance with six strikeouts and three runs allowed to move to 6-1.
- MIT is ranked No. 7 in the latest NCAA New England regional rankings, representing a rise of two spots from the last poll.
- The Engineers will take on Clark University in a 9:30 a.m. start at Babson College on Saturday in a NEWMAC Tournament elimination game.