NCAA's: Baseball Faces Oswego State on Friday in NCAA Opener

Photo by Brian Foley
Photo by Brian Foley

Cambridge, Mass. (May 16) -- The MIT baseball team opens NCAA Tournament play on Friday at 3:30 p.m. as the Engineers take on Oswego State in the first-ever meeting between the teams. The regional will take place at the University of Southern Maine, located in Gorham, Maine.

MIT is 7-10 all-time in NCAA Tournament play, including a 4-2 mark in 2015 as the Engineers eventually fell by Ramapo by a 6-5 final in 13 innings in the regional final. MIT enters this year's tournament following a thrilling run to the NEWMAC Championship as the Engineers defeated No. 6 ranked Babson 8-2 in the deciding game.

Senior Patrick Callahan (Vicksburg, Mich.) was named as the tournament's Most Outstanding Player after throwing a complete game to secure the victory. The complete game was his second of the tournament as he spun a shutout vs. WPI in the third game of the tournament to help MIT move on to the championship game. Junior Matt Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) hit .600 over the five-game stretch, while junior Thomas Allison (Kingwood, Texas) picked up 10 hits and 11 runs batted in. That trio, along with sophomore pitcher Casey Bussone (Danvers, Mass.), were all named to the NEWMAC All-Conference Second Team.

The Engineers are under the direction of head coach Andy Barlow, who is in his 16 year at MIT. Barlow enters the tournament with an overall record of 348-206-3 at MIT and has 11 20-win seasons to his credit.

Oswego State comes into the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 29-12 following an 11-7 win over Cortland in the SUNYAC Championship Game. That marked the third consecutive SUNYAC title for the Lakers, who are appearing in their fifth straight NCAA Tournament.

Ryan Enos leads the Lakers in nearly every offensive category as he has started all 41 games and owns a .359 batting average. The pitching staff is led by a pair of six-game winners in Nick DeMarco and Brian Nolan as Nolan earned the victory in the league championship matchup. Oswego is coached by Scott Landers, who is in his eighth season.

NCAA Regional Schedule (hosted by University of Southern Maine)
Friday, May 17th
Game One: Southern Maine (34-7) vs. New England College (25-15) - Noon
Game Two: Oswego State (29-12) vs. MIT (22-17-1) - 3:30 p.m. (Live Stats; Video)

Saturday, May 18th
Game Three: Loser of Game One vs. Loser of Game Two - Noon
Game Four: Winner of Game One vs. Winner of Game Two - 3:30 p.m.
Game Five: Winner of Game Three vs. Loser of Game Four - 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 19th
Game Six: Winner of Game Four vs. Winner of Game Five - Noon
Game Seven: Winner of Game Six vs. Loser of Game Six - (If Necessary)

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