MIT Takes Series Opener Against Emerson

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT had both its hitting and pitching in top form this afternoon as the Engineers cranked out 22 hits while holding Emerson College to just five in a 20-0 win in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference baseball contest. Senior Creed Mangrum (Sandy, Utah) had three hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs while sophomore Nicholas Locascio (Naples, Fla.) allowed three hits over six innings to record the win for the Engineers.

MIT (8-6, 5-2 NEWMAC) wasted little time in getting the bats going, scoring twice in the first inning. Emerson (3-13, 1-4 NEWMAC) starter, Andy Brightman, retired the first two hitters he faced, but Mangrum doubled to start a two-out rally. Freshman John Drago (Peoria, Ariz.) followed with an RBI single and senior Patrick Dayton (Archer City, Texas) added an RBI double to make it 2-0.

In the second inning the Engineers blew the game open, scoring six times. Sophomore Nate Rodman (Corvallis, Ore.) started the surge with a one-out single. He then stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a single by junior Karl Sorensen (Blacksburg, Va.). Sorensen later scored on an error before Mangrum parked his second home run of the season over the fence in right for a 6-0 lead. MIT added two more runs on a wild pitch and a ground out to up its lead to 8-0.

That was more than enough cushion for Locascio, who struck out 10 of the 22 batters that he faced over his six innings. The MIT bullpen was solid as well, with freshman Jason Morrison (Frisco, Texas) throwing two innings of one-hit ball and freshman Lambert Chu (Old Westbury, N.Y.) allowing just one hit in his inning of work.

MIT went on to put the game out of reach with multiple runs in the fourth through the seventh innings. Seniors Sean Karson (Orland, Fla.) and Jon Rea (Palo Alto, Calif.) had RBI singles in the three-run fourth, while in the fifth junior Parker Tew (Chapel Hill, N.C.) swatted an RBI triple and Mangrum and RBI double.

Mangrum finished with a pair of doubles and the home run in six trips, driving in two and scoring three times. Drago was 3-for-3 with three runs scored while Rodman, who had a ninth inning home run, was 3-for-5 with two RBI and four runs. Clint Fontanella led Emerson with a 2-for-3 day.

MIT and Emerson will complete their three-game series tomorrow on Briggs Field with a doubleheader. The first pitch between the Engineers and the Lions is scheduled for Noon.