May 19, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Engineers' diamond club earned a No. 3 seed and prepared to host its first ECAC Tournament game in 13 years after advancing to the NEWMAC Championship. Heavy rains have altered MIT's hosting plans for Friday's quarterfinal as MIT will face No. 6 Castleton State College at Friedman Diamond on the campus of Northeastern University. The first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.
MIT (21-13) stands on the cusp of history after another terrific regular season. For the first time in program lore, the Engineers won 20 games in back-to-back seasons. MIT capped its regular season slate with a solid run through the NEWMAC Tournament, which ended as Wheaton College topped MIT in the final en route to its 24th straight win. MIT's nine is also one win away from tying the program record for wins, which was set after MIT captured its lone ECAC Championship crown in 1993.
Friday's game marks the first meeting ever between MIT and Castleton State College. The Spartans enter the tilt with an overall record of 22-19. Castleton State's last game was against Husson College in the semifinals of the North Atlantic Tournament in which the Spartans lost, 7-4.
After compiling a 31-14 overall record and a tie for first place in the regular season Little East Conference, Keene State has been selected as the No. 1 seed in the 2006 ECAC Division III New England Baseball Championship. The tournament is a six-team field with the No. 1 and No. 2 teams receiving a bye. On Saturday at Keene State, No. 1 Keene State will play the winner of UMass Boston and Rhode Island College at 3 p.m., while No. 2 Brandeis will play the winner of MIT and Castleton State.
2006 ECAC Division III New England Baseball Championship
1.) Keene State (31-14)
2.) Brandeis (22-12)
3.) MIT (21-13)
4.) Rhode Island College (20-19)
5.) UMass-Boston (19-17)
6.) Castleton State (22-17)