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MIT Baseball Falls to NEC, Southern Maine at NCAA Regional on Saturday

MIT Baseball Falls to NEC, Southern Maine at NCAA Regional on Saturday

This release is courtesy of MIT Sports Information. 


- Records: MIT (23-19-1); New England College (27-15); No. 3 Southern Maine (36-8)

- Scores: New England College 6, MIT 5; No. 3 Southern Maine 14, MIT 5

- Location: Gorham, Maine (Ed Flaherty Field)

- The Lead: The 2019 MIT baseball season came to end on Saturday night as the Engineers dropped a 14-5 final to No. 3 ranked Southern Maine in an NCAA elimination game. Earlier in the day, MIT fell to New England College in a 6-5 contest as the Pilgrims rallied in the eighth inning.


- The Engineers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as senior Jared Schwait (Boca Raton, Fla.) drew a leadoff walk, stole second and came around on a two-base throwing error. The Pilgrims answered in the bottom of the frame with a two-out run courtesy of an RBI double down the left field line by Xavier Nunez. 

- MIT took a 4-1 lead in the top of the fourth as the Engineers put up two hits and took advantage of an NEC error. Keying the three-run inning was a two-RBI double up the middle by junior Tony Rice (Colorado Springs, Colo.) that scored sophomores Ethan Rolland (Burke, Va.) and Zach Roberts (West Chester, Pa.).

- NEC's Jameson Care scored on a two-out balk in the fourth for the 4-2 margin before Rice scored on a two-out sacrifice fly in the sixth as MIT maintained the three-run lead.

- The game stayed that way until the bottom of the eighth when the Pilgrims struck for three runs to take the 6-5 lead. Nick Powers scored on an RBI single to center from Anderson Jimenez, followed by an unearned run from Joe Maestu to tie the game at 5-5. Senior Nick Charchut (Santa Monica, Calif.) came on for MIT in relief and hit Nunez with the bases loaded to scored Care with the game-winning run.

- In the top of the ninth, MIT got two runners on with one out before Manuel Alejandro retired the Engineers and preserved the 6-5 final.


- Roberts finished 3-for-5 at the plate, with Rice posting two hits and two runs batted in. For the Pilgrims, four players registered two hits apiece as NEC held a slim 11-10 edge in total hits.

- Sophomore Tommy Hannan (San Marino, Calif.) took the loss for the Engineers, allowing two hits and three runs in 2.2 innings to fall to 3-5. Selah Dalomb picked up the win for the Huskies to improve to 1-0, while Alejandro earned his third save of the year.

- This was the first-ever meeting between the Engineers and the Pilgrims.


- After two scoreless innings to start the game, the Huskies struck for six runs in the top of the third behind a pair of two-RBI, extra-base hits and an RBI single by Jake Dexter. Charchut was pulled in the third for MIT and was charged with five runs and three hits in two innings.

- MIT got on the board with a deep two-run homer by junior Matt Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) in the bottom of the third, cutting the lead down to 6-2.

- After the teams traded runs in the fifth, the Huskies took control with a six-run seventh inning and led 13-3 heading into the final two innings. With USM leading 14-3, sophomore Andrew Krause (St. Louis, Mo.) and junior Thomas Allison (Kingwood, Texas) drew bases-loaded walks in the bottom of the ninth to account for the 14-5 final margin.


- Johnston was 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Schwait scored a pair of runs and Allison drove in two. Four Huskies had multiple hits, led by a 3-for-4 outing with four RBI and two runs scored by Sam Troiano.

- Charchut took the loss for MIT to fall to 0-3 as he faced 13 batters before five Engineer relievers saw action. Gage Feeney moved to 7-2 in the victory, scattering five hits with three runs and four strikeouts.