Worcester, Mass. – MIT blasted four home runs and banged out 15 hits and the visiting Engineers topped host Clark University, 11-5, in New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball action on Friday afternoon.
Bryan Macomber (Los Altos, Calif.) and Hayden Cornwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) delivered the biggest blows for MIT, crushing back-to-back homeruns to highlight a four-run top of the eighth that put the game out of reach.
A.J. Hansborough (Deltona, Fla.) connected for a solo shot off of Clark starter Brian Sullivan (Auburn, Mass.) to lead off the top of the third to open the scoring and then Cornwell made it 2-0 with his RBI double down the left field line in the fourth.
Sean Karson (Winter Park, Fla.) gave Tech a 3-0 lead on his RBI single in the fifth, but the Cougars answered back with Sullivan getting an RBI single and Jeremy Gerber (Amherst, Mass.) drawing a bases loaded walk to close the gap in the bottom of the frame, chasing MIT starter Aric Dama (Winfield, Ill).
The score remained 3-2 until the seventh when a two-out, two-run homer by Torre Swanson (Redding, Calif.) and an RBI double by Creed Mangrum (Sandy, Utah) made the score 6-2.
MIT then had its' back-to-back homers in the eighth along with two more runs in the frame and another in the ninth on a Hansborough RBI double to left center.
The Cougars threatened in the ninth, putting the first two runners on, but could only muster one run on an Austin Knief (Scarsdale, N.Y.) double.
Sullivan went seven innings for the Cougars, allowing nine hits and five earned runs, while K.J. Parent (Knoxville, Tenn.) tossed two innings of two-hit relief to earn the win.
Every MIT starter had at least one hit, led by Karson who went 3-for-5 and Mangrum who had two doubles and two RBI in his five plate appearances.
The Engineers (12-13, 4-9 NEWMAC) and the Cougars (7-20, 3-10 NEWMAC) will return to action on Saturday when they two teams play a doubleheader in Cambridge beginning at 12:00 p.m.