CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After an outstanding season that saw him earn Pitcher of the Year honors from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), freshman David Hesslink (San Diego, Calif.) was named as the Rookie of the Year for the New England region by d3baseball.com. Senior Creed Mangrum (Sandy, Utah) and freshman John Drago (Peoria, Ariz.) were also honored, as they joined Hesslink as all-region selections.
Hesslink, who was also a second team all-region pick, turned in one of the top performances by a starting pitcher in the NEWMAC this season; earning first team All-NEWMAC honors in addition to his Pitcher of the Year accolades. He led MIT and the NEWMAC with a 7-0 record and did not allow an earned run in four of his outings this season. Hesslink posted an ERA of 2.18, second on the team and sixth in the conference, striking out 40 over 62 innings of work while only allowing 19 walks.
A three-time All-NEWMAC pick during his MIT career, Mangrum earned a spot on the third team of the all-region selections, leading the Engineers with his .345 batting average while also pacing the team in runs (35), home runs (6), doubles (15) and slugging (.545). He finished among the top-10 in the NEWMAC in average, runs, hits, doubles, home runs, RBI and walks. In MIT's game at Curry this season he tied the MIT record with three round trippers, driving in seven runs.
Just as impressive in his first season at MIT was Drago, also a third team pick. By the time the season was over he had secured the leadoff spot in the Engineers' order, finishing with a .324 batting average while also ranking among the team and conference leaders in triples (3), home runs (5), RBI (21), walks (23), slugging (.532) and on-base percentage (.448). Drago had a number of key hits for the Engineers this season, including a game-clinching home run at Springfield in the NEWMAC Tournament.