MIT Sweeps NEWMAC Doubleheader From Emerson

Senior Alec Echevarria
Senior Alec Echevarria

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT's offense cranked out a total of 44 runs and its pitching allowed just three as the Engineers swept a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball doubleheader from Emerson College to complete a three-game sweep of the series. In the first game MIT set a new school record for runs scored in a 31-2 win and then completed the sweep with a 13-1 decision in game two. Sophomore Max Lancaster (Attleboro, Mass.) hit three home runs and drove in a total of seven runs over the two games for the Engineers.

Game 1

MIT (7-8, 5-1 NEWMAC) decided things early in game one, scoring 11 runs in the first inning. All nine hitters in the Engineers' lineup reached safely in the first trip through the order, including senior Alec Echevarria (Chula Vista, Calif.) whose two-run single started the uprising. By the time the leadoff hitter, junior John Drago (Peoria, Ariz.) came up again; MIT had already established a 6-0 lead. Sophomore David Heller (Fair Lawn, N.J.) tripled and singled in the inning, with his base hit in his second at-bat delivering the 11th run of the frame.

After a solo home run from Lancaster in the second, Emerson (3-17, 0-6 NEWMAC) picked up its two runs in the third inning. A pair of singles and a stolen base put runners on the corners for sophomore Tim Quitadamo (Worcester, Mass.), who grounded out to plate the first run for the Lions. With two down senior Steven Cameron (Lansdale, Pa.) doubled to center to bring home the second.

That was all the damage that MIT starter, sophomore Will Loucks (Las Vegas, Nev.) would allow as he went on to pick up the victory with six innings of work in which he gave up the two runs on eight hits while striking out six.

MIT responded to Emerson's two runs with four more in the bottom of the third, with Lancaster swatting his second round-tripper, a two-run home shot that made it 16-2. The Engineers went on to score in every inning but the seventh as they broke the previous team mark of 30 runs set against Brandies University on April 26, 1966. Heller tied the school mark with five runs scored and sophomore Garrett Greenwood (Edmund, Okla.) matched another mark with four doubles.

Lancaster was 3-for-3 with a walk and six RBI, while Echevarria went 5-for-6 with five RBI and Heller finishing 4-for-6 with five runs and five RBI. Cameron and sophomore Joey Jacobs (Concord, Mass.) both had a pair of hits to lead Emerson.

Game 2

After a pair of scoreless innings in game two, MIT put four on the board in the third to take control of the contest. As he did in game one, Echevarria brought home the first run with a base hit and Heller finished it with an RBI triple.

After a wild pitch gave the Engineers another run in the fourth, Emerson got it back in the fifth when freshman C.J. Rogers (Guilford, Conn.) smacked a run scoring triple to right. In the bottom half the inning Lancaster belted his third home run of the day to make it 6-1.

MIT put it away in the seventh with six runs on six hits, with sophomore Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz.) driving in a pair with a two-out single to left.

Senior Alan Wang (Paoli, Pa.) started and went the first two innings before freshman Jack Murphy (Pleasanton, Calif.) came on to earn the win for the Engineers with five innings of work, allowing the one run on five hits. 

Greenwood led MIT with four hits in five trips, scoring twice. Filiere and Echevarria each drove in two runs on three hits for the Engineers. Quitadamo led Emerson with a pair of hits and a sacrifice.

MIT will be back in action tomorrow when it travels to Clark University for a NEWMAC doubleheader beginning at Noon. Emerson will play again at Springfield College next Tuesday in a single-game starting at 4:30 p.m.