March 21, 2012

Engineer Offense Erupts at Eastern Nazarene

QUINCY, Mass. – MIT scored early and often this afternoon as the Engineers put up season-high totals of 16 runs and 20 hits, including tying the school record for home runs in a game with five, in defeating Eastern Nazarene College by a final of 16-0. Freshman Hayden Cornwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) banged out a pair of round trippers in his first two trips to the plate on his way to a 3-for-6 day, driving in three, to lead the MIT offense.

MIT (5-5) wasted little time getting on the board, scoring five times in the first inning when it plated all of its runs with two outs. Sophomore Creed Mangrum (Sandy, Utah) started the scoring with an RBI single that scored junior James McKinney (Wakefield, R.I.). Junior Ricardo Perez (Vienna, Va.) then started the MIT home run parade, swatting one out to right to make it 3-0. Cornwell followed with his first shot before freshman Phil Reiser (Alpharetta, Ga.) singled and then came around on a double from sophomore Sean Karson (Winter Park, Fla.).

Eastern Nazarene (1-11) threatened in its half of the first, getting back-to-back, one-out hits from seniors Steve Doyle (Weymouth, Mass.) and Danny Rodriquez (Bronx, N.Y.). MIT starter, senior Chris Hendrix (Richardson, Texas) came back to get the next two hitters on a ground out and a strike out to end the threat. Hendrix (2-0) went on to blank the Lions on four hits over five innings, striking out five to pick up the win.

MIT put the game away early, putting eight across in the top of the third. Cornwell started the fireworks with his second blast of the day, a two-run shot that made it 7-0. All but one of the runs in the third came via the long ball as Mangrum lofted a three-run blast and Mangrum a two-run shot for the Engineers. Freshman Pay Yee (Lynnfield, Mass.) came on for the Lions and put out the fire, getting the final two outs of the inning. He finished by going 3.2 scoreless innings, striking out three and working around a pair of hits and five walks.

Eastern Nazarene could not solve the MIT bullpen the rest of the way as freshman K.J. Parent (Knoxville, Tenn.), sophomore Tim Wilson (Nacogdoches, Texas) and sophomore Brandon Lowe (Brier, Wash.) shut down the Lions the remainder of the game. Eastern Nazarene put two on in the ninth twice in an attempt to mount a scoring threat, but the Engineers turned a double play before Lowe retired the final hitter on a pop-up to second.

MIT will return to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference action on Friday, hosting Babson College in the first of a three-game series at Briggs Filed starting at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Nazarene will play a doubleheader at Wentworth Institute of Technology on Friday, beginning at 2:00 p.m.