April 1, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Freshman Jay Turner retired 23 of the 25 batters he faced, leading MIT (8-5) to a 6-2 victory over Fitchburg State (4-6) in a mid-afternoon tilt at Briggs Field. Once again, the middle part of the batting order provided the sparks for the Tech offense, securing eight of MIT's 10 hits.
Warren Bates gave MIT the early lead with a double to deep center field. Landing beyond the outstretched leap of Fitchburg centerfielder Dustin Fredieu, Wayne Duggan and Kyle Zeller crossed the plate with relative ease.
A day after the Engineers posted a season-high 21 runs, the Cardinal and Gray turned to its pitching to complete the win over the Falcons. Rookie Jay Turner improved to 2-0 on the season after six innings of nearly flawless baseball. Turner showed good command all afternoon, surrendering only one hit and two baserunners.
In the bottom of the third, Zeller provided the MIT nine with some added insurance after connecting on his second homerun in as many days. Tech's junior catcher has proved to be a tough out this season, and he raised his batting average to a team-high .444 after going 2-for-3 with two runs against the Falcon defense.
The Engineers nearly delivered a second homerun in the sixth after Wayne Duggan slammed a ball to the deepest part of center field. Initially ruled out of the yard, the call was overturned, and Duggan was left stranded at second base.
Inhan Kang relieved Turner in the seventh, and although the Falcons were able to load the bases several times, Kang worked himself out of the jams. Leaving five runners on base in two innings, Kang was able to keep Fitchburg State at bay, allowing only one run to score on a fielder's choice.
In the bottom of the eighth, MIT pushed its lead back to four on Ricky Tydus' second triple of the game. Early in Tydus' at-bat, Bates was successful on a delayed steal attempt, drawing a raucous reaction from the MIT bench in recording the first steal of his collegiate career.
Joe Yurko came in to pitch the ninth for the Engineers. Although he wasn't in line for the save opportunity, he allowed the defense to do the work, which closed the game with a 4-6-3 double play.