April 4, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT (9-5) connected on a season-best 22 hits, including a 5-for-5 effort from senior Ricky Tydus, as the Engineers outslugged Wentworth 20-10 in non-conference action, Monday afternoon. Wayne Duggan recorded his second win as many tries, while MIT ensured its seventh victory in eight games.
The Engineers offense got cooking early, with the meat of the lineup supplying most of the day's damage. After a one out single by Jason Witzberger in the bottom of the first, Wayne Duggan followed with an RBI double. A single by Warren Bates sandwiched in between doubles by Kyle Zeller and Tydus pushed Tech's lead to three at the end of one and set the stage for another explosive offensive effort.
MIT upped its lead to 10 after the second, although the Engineers scored seven times on just four singles during the frame. Wentworth didn't help itself in the third, surrendering six runs, the first three of which developed through two walks and four wild pitches. With two on, and one out, Mike Batty homered over the left field wall, swelling the advantage to an insurmountable 16-0.
A two-run double off the bat of Garrett Fisher in the top half of the fourth produced the Leopards' first runs of the game and accounted for the only blemishes in Duggan's performance on the hill. Before leaving the game after the fifth, Duggan made the most of his final at-bat with a monster pop to left field that jumped out of the yard almost instantly.
The Leopards scored five times in the top of the seventh in their best attempt to claw back into the battle. Matt Moyen, who went 4-for-5, ignited WIT with an RBI double, while Jared Cianciolo followed with a two-run single. Wentworth scored two more unearned runs to cut the lead to 17-8, but that was as close as the Leopards would get.
Batty closed the day with a game-high four RBI, while he, Zeller and Blaine Ziegler crossed the plate three times each.