Record Six Engineers Named to All-NEWMAC Baseball Team
BOSTON, Mass. – After winning the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship for the first time in school history, the MIT baseball team reached another milestone when six Engineers were selected to the All-NEWMAC baseball teams. Senior outfielder Creed Mangrum (Sandy, Utah) and freshmen infielder John Drago (Peoria, Ariz.) and pitcher David Hesslink (San Diego, Calif.) all were named to the first team, with Hesslink adding Pitcher of the Year honors and Drago also named the league's Rookie of the Year. Senior pitcher Max Ockner (Chesterfield, Mo.), junior outfielder Hayden Cornwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) and sophomore pitcher Nicholas Locascio (Naples, Fla.) all earned second team honors for the Engineers.
A two-time second team All-NEWMAC pick prior to this season, Mangrum leads MIT and the NEWMAC in home runs with six and is second on the squad with his .354 batting average. He also leads the squad in doubles (14), runs scored (33) and stolen bases (8) and is second in RBI (28) and has reached base in every game but three this season.
Hesslink had an immediate impact with the Engineers this season as a freshman, leading the team with a 6-0 record. In four of his nine outings this season he did not allow an earned run, posting an ERA of 1.93, second on the team and fourth in the conference. In 56 innings on the mound this season he has struck out 36 while walking just 16.
Just as impressive in his first season at MIT has been Drago. He leads the team and is fifth in the NEWMAC in on-base percentage (.440) and is third on the squad in hitting (.314). Drago also shares the team lead in triples (3) and is second in home runs (4), including a game-clinching two-run shot against Springfield in the NEWMAC semifinals.
One of the top run producers in the NEWMAC, Cornwell is a repeat selection on the second team from a year ago. The team leader in RBI (29), he is second in the league in that category. He also ranks among the team and league leaders in doubles (11), home runs (4) and slugging (.450).
Ockner, who was the NEWMAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player after picking up wins against Springfield and Wheaton, tops both MIT and the NEWMAC with his 1.43 ERA. He has tossed two complete games this season and has struck out 39 in 56.2 innings of work, including 13 in his NEWMAC semifinal win at Springfield.
Earning his first All-NEWMAC selection, Locascio joined Hesslink and Ockner as the top three starters for MIT this season. Topping the team with 45 strikeouts in 51.1 innings on the mound, he ranks third in the NEWMAC in punch-outs. Locascio has won four of his six decisions, ranking second on the team and sixth in the conference in victories.