Baseball Swept by Wheaton in NEWMAC Opener
NORTON, Mass. - The MIT baseball team
dropped a pair and Wheaton College extended its winning
streak to five games following Saturday's New England Women's and
Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader at Sidell
Stadium. The Lyons posted a 9-0 shutout in game one before
notching a 7-4 victory in the second contest.
Wheaton improved to 8-4 overall and 3-1 in league play while extending its series winning streak against MIT to 16. Opening their NEWMAC slate, the Engineers fell to 4-5 and 0-2.
In the first game, sophomore Nolan Corr fired a three-hit shutout with five strikeouts and two walks, facing just two batters over the minimum to improve to 3-0. Offensively, Wheaton smacked 12 hits while scoring three runs in the first and four in the fifth.
Sophomore Dan Haugh went 3-for-4 with three runs, while senior Jason Clucas, junior Tad Skelley and freshman Eric Jensen each had two hits. Clucas and Jensen also drove in two runs apiece. Junior Sean Munley plated two and scored twice, while classmate Hadi Raad added two RBI.
Three different Engineers had a hit, as sophomore Torre Swanson suffered his second loss of the spring, surrendering eight runs, seven earned, on 10 hits with three strikeouts and one base on balls in five frames.
During game two, Wheaton's offense accounted for 15 hits, while senior righty Nick Kostaras picked up his first win of the season. He yielded two runs, one earned, with three strikeouts and two walks on seven hits in six innings. Malaguti, sophomore Hal Landers and freshman Sean Ryan combined to go 9-for-14 with five runs and four RBI from the top three positions in the order.
For MIT, junior William Blackman, sophomore A.J. Hansborough and freshman James McKinney posted two hits apiece, while sophomore Chris Vaughan was saddled with the loss after giving up four earned runs on 10 hits in five innings.
Wheaton struck first before MIT battled back to even the game in the fifth. The Lyons scored five straight runs before MIT notched another two to close out the scoring 7-4.
The Lyons face off against UMass Boston on Sunday, March 28 at 1 p.m., and the Engineers return home for their next game against Brandeis University on Tuesday, March 30 at 3:30 p.m.