MIT Rolls Past Springfield

Junior David Hesslink
Junior David Hesslink

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – MIT scored two runs in the first inning and never trailed as the Engineers went on to take a 17-3 win in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball play this afternoon. MIT had five players drive in at least two runs, with senior Alec Echevarria (Chula Vista, Calif.) leading the way with three.

Echevarria got it started for MIT with a two-out double to left that scored sophomore Garrett Greenwood (Edmund, Okla.) who had singled with one down. Senior Nate Rodman (Corvallis, Ore.) then singled home Echevarria to make it 2-0. 

MIT (14-9, 11-2 NEWMAC) tacked on four more in the third and again it was Echevarria that started the scoring with single with the bases loaded. Rodman also drove in another on a ground out to first, with the last pair of runs crossing the plate on a two-out error by Springfield.

Springfield (10-17, 3-10 NEWMAC) strung together three hits in the third to put its first runs on the board. A pair of singles put two on for Brandon Drabiinski who doubled to center to score both runners and make it 6-2. 

MIT starter, junior David Hesslink (San Diego, Calif.), held the Pride to just one more run after that, a single tally that came in the seventh on an RBI double by Matt Fraioli. Springfield collected 10 hits off of Hesslink during his seven innings on the mound, but the lefty stranded 11 Pride runners as he collected his fourth win of the season.

MIT built its lead to 9-3 heading into the ninth, scoring single runs in the sixth, seventh, and eighth. The Engineers blew it open in the ninth when then sent 12 men to the plate and scored eight runs on five hits. The big blows in the inning were a two-run double by sophomore Max Lancaster (Attleboro, Mass.) and a two-run single by Greenwood.

Echevarria and Greenwood each had three hits and scored three times for MIT. Rodman, Lancaster and junior John Drago (Peoria, Ariz.) all drove in a pair for the Engineers. On the mound freshman Jack Murphy (Pleasanton, Calif.) and senior Michael Wymer (Flower Mound, Texas) each pitched an inning of scoreless relief. 

For Springfield Colin King, Billy Peterson and Fraioli all had a pair of hits for the Pride.

MIT will play again on Tuesday when it hosts WPI in a NEWMAC game on Fran O'Brien Field starting at 3:30 p.m.