March 23, 2011

Baseball Sets MIT Record for Consecutive Wins on Spring Trip

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The MIT baseball team went 6-1 on its spring trip to Florida, started its conference schedule with a sweep and broke a record that has stood since 1996. The Engineers won nine consecutive games this spring, breaking the old mark of 7 wins in a row.

After picking up wins over Trinity, Eastern Nazarene and Wentworth, MIT left for Florida, where they started off their spring break trip with a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) three-game series against Wheaton. Not only did MIT collect its first win against NEWMAC powerhouse and last season's regular season and tournament champion Wheaton, but it swept the Lyons in three straight games. It is the first time that MIT has beaten Wheaton in a single game since 2004.

MIT got off on the right foot with a 1-0 shutout of the Lyons, pitched by sophomore Aric Dama. Dama pitched six innings of shutout ball, striking out four batters and allowing just five hits and earned NEWMAC pitcher of the week honors. Tech won the second half of the double header 5-3 before completing the sweep on Sunday with a 9-5 victory to put their conference record at 3-0 and push their winning streak to six.

The Engineer's spring trip was full of strong competition, as they would next face Bowdoin College, Hope College, and the University of Southern Maine. The Engineers brought their bats out and unleashed a six-run first inning against Bowdoin, beating the Polar Bears 9-7. They outlasted Hope College 12-10 in a wild 13 inning game 1, then pounded them 11-1 in the night cap. That victory included a second inning in which MIT crushed nine hits and scored eight of the nine batters in the lineup.

The MIT win streak reached nine games in a row, but it would go no farther as Tech lost a 7-4 decision to the University of Southern Maine on getaway day. They returned to Cambridge with an impressive 9-2 record in tow and will prepare for the bulk of their conference schedule. That will begin on Friday afternoon when they travel to Babson for a 3:30 game and will continue Saturday when they host the Beavers in a doubleheader beginning at 12:00 PM.