BABSON PARK, Mass. – Four members of the MIT baseball team were named to all-conference honors today when the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference released its 2013 post season honors. Junior outfielder Creed Mangrum (Sandy, Utah) was named to the first team with senior pitchers Aric Dama (Winfield, Ill.) and Max Ockner (Chesterfield, Mo.) and sophomore outfielder Hayden Cornwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) all receiving second team honors. In addition, head coach Andy Barlow was named the NEWMAC Coach of the Year.
A second team All-NEWMAC pick last season, Mangrum is third on the team with his .338 batting average and leads the squad in home run with three. Second on the team in RBI with 28 and walks with 18, he is among the top-10 in every offensive category in the NEWMAC. A NEWMAC Player of the Week selection earlier this season, he set a school record with a 26-game hitting streak than encompassed the end of the 2012 season and the beginning of the 2013 season.
Also a Player of the Week pick this season, Cornwell has emerged as one of the top offense threats in the NEWMAC this season. Hitting a team-best .361, he also leads the team in hits (48), doubles (15) and RBI (32), ranking among the top-10 in the NEWMAC in each of those categories. The owner of a 10-game hitting streak earlier this season, he has gone hitless in back-to-back games just once all season.
Dama and Ockner were the anchors of a starting pitching staff that was one of the top units in the NEWMAC. Dama led the team with six wins and 59.0 innings pitched, posting an ERA of 2.44 while leading the team and ranking fourth in the NEWMAC with 49 strikeouts. It is his second all-conference recognition. Ockner, who tossed a one-hit shutout against Babson on Saturday at the NEWMAC Tournament, was second to Dama in wins with five, posting a 1.78 ERA to lead the starting staff. He walked just six hitters in 50.2 innings of work, striking out 35.
Barlow led the Engineers to a 20-win season for the third straight year in winning his third Coach of the Year award. MIT's 24 wins are the second most in program history and is just one shy of the school record of 25 set in 2011. Barlow and the Engineers will have a chance to break that record this week as they have been selected to participate in the ECAC Division III New England Baseball Championship.