Fast Start Carries MIT Past Wesleyan, 7-5

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – MIT scored three runs in each of the first two innings that propelled the Engineers to a 7-5 non-conference baseball victory over Wesleyan University this afternoon. Sophomore Hayden Cornwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) had a pair of hits and drove in three runs for MIT.

MIT (17-6) started quickly as freshman Jacob Rothman (Charlotte, N.C.) led off with a single and senior James McKinney (Wakefield, R.I.) walked to put the first two aboard. Junior Creed Mangrum (Sandy, Utah) singled to center to score Rothman, with McKinney following him home and Mangrum making it to third when the ball was misplayed by the center fielder. Cornwell then brought him home with a sac fly to center to make it 3-0.

After Wesleyan came up with an unearned run in the bottom of the first on a sac fly by Jonathan Dennett, another Cardinal error opened the gates for three more MIT runs in the second. With one out freshman Kendall Helbert (St. Louis, Mo.) singled and junior Jon Rea (Palo Alto, Calif.) walked to put two on. After a strikeout, a balk moved the runners up for McKinney who hit a grounder to third that could not be fielded cleanly, allowing one run to score. After a walk to Mangrum, Cornwell delivered a two-RBI single that made it 6-1 and knocked Wesleyan starter, Jimmy Hill, out of the game.

An MIT error in the bottom of the second led to two more runs for Wesleyan as the Cardinal loaded the bases on a hit, an error and a hit batter. With two away Donnie Cimino singled to bring home two runners and make it 6-3.

It stayed that way until the sixth when Wesleyan drew within a run with two more scores. After leading off with a single, Steve Moran made his way to third on a pair of ground outs. Matt Sorkin was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners, and the pair executed a double steal with Moran's run making it 6-4. Andrew Yin followed with an RBI single that made it 6-5.

MIT answered in its next at-bat, as Cornwell led off with a triple and scored on an RBI groundout by freshman Nate Rodman (Corvallis, Ore.). MIT's pitching did the rest as sophomore K.J. Parent (Knoxville, Tenn.), who came on in the fifth, allowed just a single in the seventh and senior Henry Zhu (Overland Park, Kan.) finished off the final two innings by allowing just a two-out single in the ninth to pick up his fifth save of the year.

Parent picked up the win, going three innings and allowing four hits and a pair of runs. Freshman Nicholas Locascio (Naples, Fla.) started for the Engineers and gave up five hits and three runs, none earned, in four innings of work. Hill, the Wesleyan starter, took the loss after giving up four hits and six runs, just two of which were earned, in 1.2 innings.

At the plate sophomore Parker Tew (Chapel Hill, N.C.) also had a pair of hits for MIT, while McKinney scored twice for the Engineers. Yin, Cimino and Moran all had a pair hits for Wesleyan.

MIT will play on the road again tomorrow when it plays at Worcester State at 3:30 p.m. Wesleyan will also play tomorrow, against another New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference foe as it travels to Coast Guard for a 4:00 p.m. game.