April 2, 2013

Pitching Carries MIT Past Babson, 7-1

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A fine pitching performance by freshman Nicholas Locascio (Naples, Fla.) and an offense that took advantage of three errors carried the MIT baseball team to a 7-1 victory over Babson College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference contest. Locascio improved to 3-0 after allowing just two hits and one unearned run for the Engineers.

MIT (11-2, 7-0 NEWMAC) struck first in the bottom of the first when sophomore Parker Tew (Chapel Hill, N.C.) led off with a single to left, moved to second on a walk and then to third on a fielder's choice. He then came home when senior Ricardo Perez (Vienna, Va.) lined a single to left.

Babson (7-8, 2-5 NEWMAC) got the run back in the top of the second. Senior Connor Kortman (Manalapan, N.J.) reached on an error, stole second, and then moved to third on a single from sophomore Sean MacPhee (Framingham, Mass.). Junior Sean Lanahan (Avon, Conn.) then lofted a sac fly to left to tie the game.

Neither Locascio nor Babson starter, junior Michael Bortolotti (Milton, Mass.) allowed a hit after the Beavers scored in the second until junior Jon Rea (Palo Alto, Calif.) legged out an infield hit in the fifth. With two down he advanced to third on a base hit from senior James McKinney (Wakefield, R.I.) and then scored what proved to be the winning run on an RBI single from junior Creed Mangrum (Sandy, Utah).

That would be all that Locascio would need. Including the sac fly in the second, he retired 19 straight before Lanahan singled with one out in the eighth. After MIT broke the tie in the fifth, the Engineers added two more in the sixth. With runners on second and third and one away, sophomore Karl Sorensen (Blacksburg, Va.) laid down a squeeze bunt that misplayed into a pair of errors that allowed two runs to score.

MIT added three insurance runs in the eighth. Junior Patrick Dayton (Archer City, Texas) led off with a single, eventually coming around to score when Rae's sacrifice was misplayed for another Beaver error. McKinney then added an RBI single and Mangrum picked up his second RBI of the day with a sac fly to make it 7-1.

Locascio struck out two and did not issue a walk in his eight innings. Bortolotti went 6.1 innings for Babson, allowing eight hits and four runs, two earned, while striking out six and walking four as he fell to 2-1 for the season.

McKinney and Perez each collected a pair of the 11 MIT hits, while MacPhee had a 2-for-4 day for Babson.

MIT and Babson will play the second game of their conference series tomorrow at Babson starting at 3:30 p.m.