CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Dan Hyatt and Grant Iwamoto homered and Kiel Jindra pitched eight stellar innings to help MIT sweep a double header against Babson College on Saturday at Briggs Field. MIT won the first game 5-3 then shutout the Beavers 4-0. With the victories, the Engineers leap-frog Babson and regain control of first place in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
Jindra pitched eight innings of shutout baseball in game two, allowing just three hits and striking out six batters. After working out of a first inning jam, the freshman right hander could not be touched by the Babson hitters and picked up the win, evening his record at 1-1.
MIT scored a pair of unearned runs in the sixth inning, which saw Babson make two errors. Ricardo Perez knocked a bases loaded single to left field which plated James McKinney and Jonathan Rea. McKinney, who had two hits in the game, was on base again in the eighth inning when Iwamoto, the other Engineer with a multi-hit game, slammed a line-drive homerun over the fence in left field.
Torre Swanson came on and pitched a perfect ninth for MIT. Kyle Lyon pitched seven innings for Babson and takes the hard-luck loss, surrendering just the two unearned runs. Austin Dadio pitched the eighth and served up Iwamoto's shot.
MIT took advantage of a fortuitous opportunity to take the lead in game one. With two Engineers on in the third and MIT down 1-0, Babson third baseman Chris Kucher could not handle a fouled pop fly that would have ended the inning. Given a second life, MIT catcher Dan Hyatt took the next pitch and deposited it over the left field fence. Hyatt had three hits in the game, driving in four runs and scoring once.
The visitors tied the game in the top of the fifth, an inning that included a double by Chris Ahern and an RBI single by Billy Miller. Each of them had two hits in the game and Miller collected his second RBI. In the bottom of the frame, Hyatt delivered again, singling home Rea before scoring himself on a wild pitch and putting MIT up for good. Rea scored two runs and stole a base in the game one victory.
A two run lead was all that Engineer pitcher Henry Zhu would need. The sophomore pitched two and two-thirds innings of perfect ball, striking out three batters and earning his second victory in as many decisions this year. He came on in relief of MIT starter Aric Dama, who allowed just two earned runs in four and a third innings while fanning six batters. Ahern, who pitched and batted for Babson, took the loss after giving up five runs on seven hits in five innings of work.
MIT (11-3, 5-1 NEWMAC) will continue its conference play on Monday when it travels to Worcester for the first of three games against WPI. The Beavers (12-4, 5-2 NEWMAC) will play a non-conference game Sunday against Worcester State.