March 31, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT (7-5) scored 10 runs in one inning for the second time this season en route to a 21-2 victory over Suffolk University (5-6) at Briggs Field, Thursday afternoon. Aaron Kent sparked the rout with a base-clearing triple in the second, while Kyle Zeller capped the offensive assault with a grand slam in the sixth.
Suffolk senior Mike Maguire sent the third pitch of the game deep over the fence, looking to ignite the Rams to their sixth win in seven games against the Engineers. After yielding the early homerun, MIT senior Mike Batty settled in and proceeded to throw six shutout innings, surrendering only four more hits in that span.
While Batty was impressive on the mound, his play was overshadowed by Tech's amazing play at the plate. Kent's three-run swing was the first triple of the season for MIT and sparked a 25-minute bottom of the second. Two critical errors at second base enabled the Engineers to sustain the attack, while a three-run double by Kevin Wheeler capitalized on the Rams missed opportunity to close the door. MIT scored four unearned runs during the frame, totaling 10 runs on just five hits.
Warren Bates delivered the key hit in a five-run third with a two-out, two-run single that stretched the Engineers' lead to 15. Keeping the Engineers at bay for the next two innings, MIT added six more runs in the sixth. With the bases already loaded, Greg Williams was hit by a pitch, while Wayne Duggan singled home one more. In the ensuing at bat, Kyle Zeller crushed a 2-2 pitch over the left field wall.
Turning back to the hill, the Engineers closed the game with three solid innings by Jay Turner, Joseph Yurko and Cliff Roscow. Turner fanned the side in the seventh, while Roscow ended the game with three strikeouts in the ninth.
Mike Batty had a fantastic day for the Cardinal and Gray. Besides his impressive pitching line, the senior from Golden Valley, Minn., was 2-for-3 at the plate with three runs and three RBI. Making up for his homerun offering to Maguire in the opening inning, Batty drilled a homer of his own as part of the wild second. Zeller and Bates also enjoyed great production, combining for seven runs, six hits and six RBI in 10 at-bats.
The 21 runs scored was the most for the Engineers in one game since posting a 23-13 victory over the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1997.
MIT returns to the diamond on Friday against Fitchburg State. The game is slated to start at 3 p.m.