BABSON PARK, Mass. – MIT came up with a run in the ninth inning that proved to be the game winner, enabling the Engineers to come away a 6-5 win and a split of a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader with Babson College. The Beavers won the first game in a pitchers dual, 2-0.
Babson (7-6, 3-3 NEWMAC) picked up both of the runs in the first game in the first inning. With one away the Beavers loaded the bases on a pair of singles and a walk before Billy Miller delivered the first run with a sac fly to center. Conor Kortmann followed with an RBI single to make it 2-0.
From there it was all pitching for both teams. MIT starter, junior Aric Dama (Winfield, Ill.), was nearly perfect the rest of the way. After surrendering a pair of singles to start the second, he sat down the next 14 Babson hitters in order to finish the game. He finished with six innings of six-hit ball, walking one and striking out three. Derek Richards was stellar as well for Babson, throwing a complete-game, one-hitter. Sophomore Creed Mangrum (Sandy, Utah) broke up the no-hit bid with a leadoff single in the seventh. Richards struck out six while walking three to pick up the victory.
In game two MIT (6-7, 1-5 NEWMAC) saw its bats wake up early, scoring four times in the first. After senior Zach Carr (Chatham, N.J.) and freshman K.J. Parent (Knoxville, Tenn.) started the game with back-to-back base hits and moved up to second and third on a wild pitch, Mangrum delivered the first run with a sac fly to center. Junior Ricardo Perez (Vienna, Va.) followed with a double and senior Bryan Macomber (Los Altos, Calif.) added a single to complete the scoring.
MIT added a run in the third to take a 5-0 lead before Babson started a comeback with three in the fourth. With runners on the corners and one down Miller put the Beavers on the board with a run-scoring single thru the right side. Babson then got two-out, run-scoring singles by Sean Cleary and John Botelho to cut the MIT lead to 5-3. The Beavers then added single runs in the fifth on an RBI single by Miller and in the sixth when Pat Matvichuk delivered an RBI single that tied the game.
Freshman Reid Bishop (Cypress, Texas) started the ninth off with an infield hit for MIT. Junior James McKinney (Wakefield, R.I.) moved him up with a sacrifice before Mangrum's infield hit put runners on the corners. Perez then hit a grounder to third on which the Beavers were only able to get the out at second, enabling Bishop to come home with the go-ahead run.
Senior Torre Swanson (Redding, Calif.), who came on in the fifth, then retired Babson in order in the bottom of the ninth to pick up the victory for the Engineers. He retired the final seven hitters he faced, going five innings and allowing two runs on three hits, striking out five.
Perez and sophomore Sean Karson (Winter Park, Fla.) each drove in a pair of runs in game two for MIT. Perez, Parent and seniors Bryan Macomber (Los Altos, Calif.) and A.J. Hansborough (Deltona, Fla.) all had a pair of hits for the Engineers.
MIT's next action will be on Tuesday, March 27 when the Engineers will host Salve Regina University in a single, non-conference game starting at 3:30. Babson will play at Johnson and Wales tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.