CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Solid pitching performances by freshman K.J. Parent (Knoxville, Tenn.) and junior Aric Dama (Winfield, Ill.) carried MIT past UMass Boston, 3-1, in a non-conference baseball game at Briggs Field. The Engineers have now won nine of their last 10, improving to 20-14 with the victory. The Beacons fell to 17-14-1 with the loss.
UMass Boston sophomore Lucas Ilges (Gloucester, Mass.) retired the first two hitters in the bottom of the first before MIT came up with two runs. Sophomore Creed Mangrum (Sandy, Utah) extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a single to left to start the rally. The inning was then extended on an error on the Beacon third baseman and the Engineers took advantage, getting consecutive RBI singles off the bats of senior Bryan Macomber (Los Altos, Calif.) and freshman Hayden Cornwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) to take a 2-0 lead.
It turned out that would be all of the runs that MIT would need. Parent baffled the UMass Boston hitters in his five innings on the mound. He allowed just two hits, striking out three without issuing a walk as he picked up his fourth win of the season. Dama came out of the bullpen and tossed the final four innings and picked up the save. He surrendered three hits and struck out four while walking one.
UMass Boston picked up its only run of the game in the third without the benefit of a hit. Senior Mike Mattei (Spencer, Mass.) led off and reached first when his shallow pop fly to right was dropped. He was sacrificed over to second and then came around to score when freshman Jack DeBiase's (Prospect, Conn.) ground ball got past the MIT first baseman for another error.
MIT picked up an insurance run in the sixth, again with the aid of an error. With two away sophomore Sean Karson (Winter Park, Fla.) singled thru the right side and then proceeded to steal second. Mangrum reached on an error, sending Karson to third. The Engineers then executed a double steal, with Karson breaking for home and scoring on the throw down to second.
Ilges went six innings for UMass Boston, giving up all three runs on nine hits, walking three hitters. Sophomore Tyler Kane (Wilbraham, Mass.) and junior Jeff Thomas (Redwood City, Calif.) each threw a shutout inning in relief for the Beacons.
Macomber and Cornwell each had 2-for-4 days with an RBI to lead the 10-hit MIT attack. Jamill Moquette (Boston, Mass.) was 2-for-4 to lead UMass Boston.
MIT will be off until next Wednesday, May 2, when the Engineers will play their final home game of the season against Rhode Island College at 4:00 p.m. UMass Boston will return to Little East Conference action on Saturday when the Beacons travel to Plymouth State University for a doubleheader beginning at Noon.