HARWICH, Mass. – For a second straight season the MIT baseball team has advanced to Saturday play at the NCAA Division III New England Baseball Regional. The Engineers picked up a pair of victories today to moved on in the tournament, opening with a 3-0 win over Curry College before ending the day with a 4-1 win over Wesleyan University. MIT will now face off against the team that it lost to in the first game of the regional, Salem State, in a contest that will start at Whitehouse Field starting at 12:00 p.m.
MIT 3, Curry 0
Senior Parker Tew (Chapel Hill, N.C.) went 2-for-4 with a home run and all three RBI and junior Alan Wang (Paoli, Pa.) twirled a six-hit shutout to lead fifth-seeded MIT to a 3-0 triumph over seventh-seeded Curry.
After freshman Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz.) reached on a one-out single, Tew followed with an RBI double to center, which gave MIT the early 1-0 edge in the bottom of the first.
With sophomore John Drago (Peoria, Ariz.) standing on first two innings later after singling, Tew stroked the first pitch he saw into left field for a two-run blast to give the Cardinal and Gray the 3-0 margin.
Facing the early three-run deficit, Curry senior Thomas Fitzpatrick (South Boston, Mass.) kept his squad in the game as he held MIT scoreless in his final five innings of work. Fitzpatrick (6-3) surrendered three earned runs over his eight innings, ringing up seven on strikes while not issuing a free pass.
Curry had a hard time figuring out Wang, who was solid on the mound for the Engineers, as he did not allow a batter to get past third base for the duration of the contest. The Colonels' best chance was in the top of the first when freshman Evan Morris (Pembroke, Mass.) singled with two outs and Wang hit junior Philip Perez (West Covina, Calif.). Wang, got out of the jam however, ending the threat with a groundout.
Wang (7-1), who hurled his first complete game of the campaign, fanned five and walked one batter. His only other career shutout was a seven-inning, one-hit victory, last year on April 14 against Curry in a 14-0 regular-season win.
Senior Phil Reiser (Alpharetta, Ga.) was also 2-for-4 with a double to start off the seventh while Perez and sophomore Nick Crivello (Millville, Mass.) each notched two singles apiece to lead the Colonels.
MIT 4, Wesleyan 1
MIT (28-13) took advantage of three errors in the eighth inning to pull out a 4-1 win over Wesleyan (30-11) in the final game of the NCAA Division III New England Baseball Regional on Friday. Senior K.J. Parent (Knoxville, Tenn.) hurled the second complete game of the day for the Engineers, while Filiere had three hits and scored a run.
Parent and Wesleyan's Asher Young both did a fine job in their starting roles as the pair dueled over the first seven innings. Parent improved to 5-0 for the season, allowing just five hits and one run over his nine innings, striking out nine against a pair of walks. Young made it through seven innings for the Cardinal, allowing eight hits and two runs, one earned, while striking out seven.
Wesleyan got on the board first when Sam Goodwin-Boyd drove a Parent pitch over the fence in left for a solo home run. MIT answered in the sixth when Filiere led off with a single, moved to third on a pair of groundouts and then scored on a two-out single by junior Nate Rodman (Corvallis, Ore.).
In the deciding eighth inning senior Hayden Cornwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) led off with a single to chase Young. Consecutive errors committed by Wesleyan then allowed Cornwell to come around to score. With runners on first and third Reiser added another run with a sac fly to make it 3-1. The Engineers then came up with back-to-back base hits by senior Karl Sorensen (Blacksburg, Va.) and freshman Garrett Greenwood (Edmund, Okla.), with Greenwood's driving in the third run of the inning.
That was all that Parent needed as did not allow a hit over the final two innings, pitching around a hit batter in the eighth and an error in the ninth to pick up the win.
The ECAC contributed to this release