NORTON, Mass. - The MIT Engineers took two out of three games from the Wheaton College baseball team in route to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season title. After winning the opening game of the series on Friday, the Lyons fell 3-1 in game one of Saturday's double-header, before falling 7-4 in the final contest.
The loss drops Wheaton to 24-9 overall and 13-4 in the NEWMAC, while MIT improves to 18-10 and 14-3 in conference.
GAME ONE: MIT 3 - Wheaton 1
Nick Locascio earned the win for the Engineers after pitching eight complete innings that saw the ace give up just one run on seven hits, while striking out five. Michael Wymer entered the game in the top of the ninth to preserve the win for MIT.
Michael Bruemmel started the game for the Lyons, completing eight innings, surrendering three runs on six hits, while striking out seven.
The Engineers took the lead in the top of the third courtesy of a double to left center by Garrett Greenwood. The hit knocked in Kendall Helbert. MIT posted two more runs in the sixth inning on a two-RBI double to center by Max Lancaster.
Trailing 3-0, the Lyons earned a run back in the bottom half of the sixth with a two out, RBI single through the left side by Joey Santigate. That would be as close as Wheaton would get.
GAME TWO: MIT 7 - Wheaton 4
The game started off shaky for Wheaton with the first three Engineers finding their way on base. Fortunately for Wheaton starting pitcher Brady Furdon, he was able to work out of the jam, surrendering just one run.
Wheaton knotted the game at 1-1 in the second inning with Justin Silvestro scoring on an error.
MIT posted two more runs in the fourth, before tacking on another run in the seventh for a 4-1 advantage.
The Lyons once again found a way to tie the game, this time scoring three runs in the bottom half of the seventh. With one run already across and two retired, senior Mike Beneduce stepped up to the plate in place of Santigate and knocked in the final two runs of the inning with a two-RBI single to center.
The game was not tied for long with MIT responding with three runs on two hits in the top of the eighth. Eric Tu knocked in the first run, before Garrett Greenwood brought in the next with a single down the left field line. With the bases loaded Alec Echevarria stepped up and scored the final run for the Engineers.
David Hesslink collected his fifth win of the season, pitching eight complete for the Engineers, while Wymer earned his second save of the day.
Wheaton returns to action on Sunday, April 24 at 1 p.m. for a non-conference contest against Southern Maine at Sidell Stadium.