Baseball Falls to NEC, Southern Maine at NCAA Regional on Saturday

Baseball Falls to NEC, Southern Maine at NCAA Regional on Saturday

THE BASICS:

- Records: MIT (23-19-1); New England College (27-15); No. 3 Southern Maine (36-8)

- Scores: New England College 6, MIT 5; No. 3 Southern Maine 14, MIT 5

- Location: Gorham, Maine (Ed Flaherty Field)

- The Lead: The 2019 MIT baseball season came to end on Saturday night as the Engineers dropped a 14-5 final to No. 3 ranked Southern Maine in an NCAA elimination game. Earlier in the day, MIT fell to New England College in a 6-5 contest as the Pilgrims rallied in the eighth inning.

HOW IT HAPPENED VS. NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE:

- The Engineers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as senior Jared Schwait (Boca Raton, Fla.) drew a leadoff walk, stole second and came around on a two-base throwing error. The Pilgrims answered in the bottom of the frame with a two-out run courtesy of an RBI double down the left field line by Xavier Nunez

- MIT took a 4-1 lead in the top of the fourth as the Engineers put up two hits and took advantage of an NEC error. Keying the three-run inning was a two-RBI double up the middle by junior Tony Rice (Colorado Springs, Colo.) that scored sophomores Ethan Rolland (Burke, Va.) and Zach Roberts (West Chester, Pa.).

- NEC's Jameson Care scored on a two-out balk in the fourth for the 4-2 margin before Rice scored on a two-out sacrifice fly in the sixth as MIT maintained the three-run lead.

- The game stayed that way until the bottom of the eighth when the Pilgrims struck for three runs to take the 6-5 lead. Nick Powers scored on an RBI single to center from Anderson Jimenez, followed by an unearned run from Joe Maestu to tie the game at 5-5. Senior Nick Charchut (Santa Monica, Calif.) came on for MIT in relief and hit Nunez with the bases loaded to scored Care with the game-winning run.

- In the top of the ninth, MIT got two runners on with one out before Manuel Alejandro retired the Engineers and preserved the 6-5 final.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Roberts finished 3-for-5 at the plate, with Rice posting two hits and two runs batted in. For the Pilgrims, four players registered two hits apiece as NEC held a slim 11-10 edge in total hits.

- Sophomore Tommy Hannan (San Marino, Calif.) took the loss for the Engineers, allowing two hits and three runs in 2.2 innings to fall to 3-5. Selah Dalomb picked up the win for the Huskies to improve to 1-0, while Alejandro earned his third save of the year.

- This was the first-ever meeting between the Engineers and the Pilgrims.

HOW IT HAPPENED VS. SOUTHERN MAINE: 

- After two scoreless innings to start the game, the Huskies struck for six runs in the top of the third behind a pair of two-RBI, extra-base hits and an RBI single by Jake Dexter. Charchut was pulled in the third for MIT and was charged with five runs and three hits in two innings.

- MIT got on the board with a deep two-run homer by junior Matt Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) in the bottom of the third, cutting the lead down to 6-2.

- After the teams traded runs in the fifth, the Huskies took control with a six-run seventh inning and led 13-3 heading into the final two innings. With USM leading 14-3, sophomore Andrew Krause (St. Louis, Mo.) and junior Thomas Allison (Kingwood, Texas) drew bases-loaded walks in the bottom of the ninth to account for the 14-5 final margin.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Johnston was 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Schwait scored a pair of runs and Allison drove in two. Four Huskies had multiple hits, led by a 3-for-4 outing with four RBI and two runs scored by Sam Troiano.

- Charchut took the loss for MIT to fall to 0-3 as he faced 13 batters before five Engineer relievers saw action. Gage Feeney moved to 7-2 in the victory, scattering five hits with three runs and four strikeouts.

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