BEVERLY, Mass. – Endicott College scored a pair of runs in the second and third innings and received a strong start from pitcher JJ Branch as the Gulls scored a 6-2 victory over MIT in non-conference baseball action. MIT was held to five hits in the contest, with sophomore John Drago (Peoria, Ariz.) picking up the only extra-base hit for the Engineers with a run-scoring double.
Endicott got on the board first in the second inning when the Gulls put two on via a walk and a base hit. With two down Cody Hall found the gap in right center for a two-run triple. Endicott picked up another pair of runs in the third, with Harry Oringer starting things with a leadoff home run to left center. The Gulls went on to load the bases, setting up Michael Cahill who produced a run scoring single through the left side to make it 4-0.
Another solo home run, this one from Matthew Paola, put the Gulls up 5-0 in the fifth. That was all the run support that Branch would need as went 6.2 innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits while striking out eight and walking three to pick up the win.
MIT (24-12) broke through with a run in the sixth when freshman Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz.) led off and reached on an error. He moved to second on a base hit by senior Parker Tew (Chapel Hill, N.C.) and then to third on a wild pitch before coming in to score on a sac fly by senior Hayden Cornwell (Newport Beach, Calif.). The Engineers added their second run in the seventh when, with two away, junior Alec Echevarria (Chula Vista, Calif.) walked, stole second and then scored on Drago's double.
That would be it, however, for MIT as Nick Quattro came out of the Endicott bullpen and closed it out, picking up a save after holding the Engineers to just a hit over his 2.1 innings. Sophomore Jason Morrison (Frisco, Texas) and freshman Kyler Kocher (Mesa, Ariz.) did a solid job out of the MIT bullpen, combining to allow one run over 4.2 innings after Endicott had jumped out to the 4-0 lead.
Tew was the only Engineer to record more than one hit, picking up a pair of singles in four trips. Cahill and Anthony Serina each had three hits and an RBI to lead Endicott.
MIT will play its final regular season game on Thursday when it travels to St. Joseph's College for a 4:30 p.m. contest.