WORCESTER, Mass. – For a second straight day MIT swept a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader, taking 14-7 and 13-3 victories over Clark University this afternoon. With the wins the Engineers have now won five straight and have taken over first-place in the NEWMAC East Division standings. MIT has outscored its opponents by a combined 87-14 in the five-game streak.
MIT (9-8, 7-1 NEWMAC) continued hits hot hitting in the first game, banging out 16 hits. The Engineers jumped on top in the first inning on an RBI single by senior Nate Rodman (Corvallis, Ore.), but Clark (12-16, 2-7 NEWMAC) answered with three in the bottom half of the inning, with the big blow a two-run double off the bat of David Eschen.
MIT went on to score single runs in the second and third, tying the game on sophomore David Heller's (Fair Lawn, N.J) RBI single. The Engineers then took control of the contest in the fourth, taking advantage of a pair of hit batters and two Cougar errors to score four times on just one hit to take a 7-3 lead.
After scoring a single run in the sixth, MIT put the game away in the seventh with five more scores. The Engineers loaded the bases with no outs and sophomore Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz.) singled to bring home a pair. The next hitter, senior Alec Echevarria (Chula Vista, Calif.), then doubled home two more to make it 12-3.
Senior Nicholas Locascio (Naples, Fla.) gave up five runs and 11 hits, but with the offense scoring 14 runs it was enough to pick up the victory. Senior Eric Tu (San Ramon, Calif.) threw the final three innings and picked up the save after giving up just one earned run on one hit.
Filiere hit a two-run home run in the first inning and MIT never looked back in game two of the doubleheader. In the third both Filiere and junior John Drago (Peoria, Ariz.) hit two-run home runs as a part of a five-run uprising that put the Engineers in control of the contest.
Freshman Zeke Long (Albuquerque, N.M.) pitched a solid five innings for MIT, giving up a pair of runs on eight hits on his way to his second victory of the season. The only runs that Clark could come up with against him came in the fifth when the Cougars picked up back-to-back, two-out RBI singles from James Conway and Michael Eglow.
In the top of the fifth MIT put the game away with four more runs highlighted by an RBI double from Echevarria and a run-scoring triple off the bat of sophomore Max Lancaster (Attleboro, Mass.). The Engineers iced the game with two more runs in the eight courtesy of RBIs from sophomore Garrett Greenwood (Edmund, Okla.) and Filiere.
Senior Michael Wymer (Flower Mound, Texas) closed out the game on the mound for MIT with a pair of 1-2-3 innings, striking out three.
Filiere had an impressive afternoon for MIT, combining to go 6-for-9 with seven RBI and five runs scored. Included in his hits were two home runs and a double.
MIT will be back on the field on Tuesday when it plays a single game at WPI starting at 3:30 p.m.