BABSON PARK, Mass. – Both MIT and Babson College has strong pitching performances that led to wins as the two teams split a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball doubleheader this afternoon. MIT took game one, 9-0, behind the pitching of senior Nicholas Locascio (Naples, Fla.) and a pair of home runs from sophomore Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz.). Babson came back to take the nightcap, 6-2, after holding MIT to just four hits. MIT now stands at 13-9 overall, 10-2 in the NEWMAC while Babson saw its record move to 15-11-1 and 6-6.
Junior John Drago (Peoria, Ariz.) led off the game with a double and with one-out Filiere smacked his first home run of the day to give MIT the quick 2-0 lead.
Locascio took the lead handed to him and never looked back. He had streaks of eight and then nine straight hitters retired during his 7.2 innings on the mound, surrendering just three hits while striking out five as he picked up his third win of the year. Senior Eric Tu (San Ramon, Calif.) finished up on the hill and retired all four hitters he faced.
After scoring an unearned run in the fourth, MIT gave Locascio more room to work with three more in the sixth. The Engineers took advantage of an error and a balk and picked up back-to-back RBI singles from Drago and sophomore Garrett Greenwood (Edmund, Okla.) as they took a 6-0 lead.
The Engineers went on to score two more in the seventh and another in the eighth when Filiere led off with his second round tripper of the day.
Filiere finished 3-for-6 with three RBI and three runs scored, with Drago also collecting three hits in six trips, driving in one and scoring three times. Junior Kevin Murphy (Pembroke, Mass.) picked up two of Babson's three hits in the contest.
Game two saw the starters, freshman Zeke Long (Albuquerque N.M.) for MIT and freshman Daniel Cooney (Verona, N.J.) for Babson, hook up in a pitching dual over the first three innings, with Long giving up four hits and no runs and Cooney setting down the first eight Engineers in order.
In the fourth MIT grabbed the lead when senior Alec Echevarria (Chula Vista, Calif.) walked, stole second and came in to score on a two-out single by sophomore David Heller (Fair Lawn, N.J.). Babson came back with a two-out rally in the bottom of the fifth. Freshman Connor Gill (Sterling, Mass.) singled, stole second and came around on an RBI hit from sophomore Mark Webber (Norwell, Mass.). Webber then stole second and came in to score on an error to put the Beavers up, 2-1.
MIT tied it up in the top of the six when Filiere led off with a walk and eventually scored on a fielder's choice off Heller's bat.
It stayed tied until Babson put together its game-winning rally in the eighth. A lead off walk and a sacrifice led to an RBI single to center by junior Jack Halpin (Glastonbury, Conn.) that proved to be the game winner. Freshman Eric Juan (Loveland, Ohio) followed with a double to plate Halpin and later came in to score on a two-out error. Sophomore Adam Ayala (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) then capped off the rally with an RBI single.
After MIT scored in the sixth the Babson bullpen held the Engineers the rest of the way. Junior Graham Stack (Arlington, Mass.) picked up the victory, going 2.2 hitless innings before sophomore Matt Cuneo (Ashland, Mass.) came on in the ninth, allowing just a single as he picked up his sixth save of the season. For MIT Long went 4.2 innings and allowed just one earned run on seven hits over 4.2 innings, striking out five. Sophomore Zach Michaud (Moorestown, N.J.) took the loss for the Engineers after giving up four runs, two earned, on four hits in 3.1 innings of work.
Heller was the only MIT hitter with multiple hits in the contest, going 2-for-4. Ayala led Babson with a 3-for-4 game, driving in the one run.
MIT will be back at it tomorrow with another NEWMAC road game, playing at Springfield College starting at 1:00 p.m.