For the first time since the 1974 season, the MIT baseball team has earned itself a berth in the NCAA National Division III baseball tournament. The NCAA revealed the field of 55 teams on Monday and the Engineers earned themselves an at-large berth in the New England Region. The New England tournament will be held at Whitehouse Field in Harwich, Mass., and will be hosted by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).
The Engineers have matched a program high with 25 wins this season in posting a 25-13 record. They were 10-4 at home and 7-1 in games played at neutral sites. MIT finished 12-6 in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) and were eliminated by Wheaton in the conference championship game.
Tech will now look to do what the 1974 team could not do — win an NCAA regional game. The '74 Engineers were bounced in two straight games, after a 6-1 loss to University of New Haven and a 5-4 defeat to Ithaca College.
Facing MIT — seeded fourth in the region — is an opening-day contest with Rhode Island College, the fifth seed. They will have to get up early for it, as the game, the first of four on Wednesday, is slated to start at 9:30 a.m.
The tournament site will be offering live stats and webcasting of every game from the tournament. For those links, make sure to check back to the baseball schedule page and to ecacsports.com.