April 9, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT (11-6, 4-1) swept Saturday's scheduled twin bill against NEWMAC rival Coast Guard (11-8, 2-5) with come-from-behind victories of 2-1 and 4-3. Freshman Kevin Wheeler provided the heroics in the first game with a two-out RBI single in extra innings, while two runs in the bottom of the sixth in game two ensured Tech's fourth league win.
It was a tough afternoon for the Bears, who played well enough to win both games. Junior Mike Jarbeau pitched his best game of the season in the first tilt and was in line for the complete-game shutout when he took the hill in the bottom of the seventh.
Wheeler walked to open the frame, but Jarbeau stopped the next two batters. Trailing 1-0 and down to their final out of the game, Jason Witzberger roped a two-strike single up the middle to bring Wheeler home at knot the game at one.
Wayne Duggan singled to lead off the eighth, and moved in scoring position on a single by Warren Bates. With two outs, the MIT rookie that scored the tying run one inning before would deliver the game-winning hit. Wheeler knocked a two-strike pitch up the middle to bring home Duggan; completing the late inning comeback.
The Engineers went up early in game two, benefiting from Wayne Duggan's fourth homerun of the season. In the top of the fourth, the Bears posted a three-spot on the MIT defense to take over the lead. Coast Guard picked up two of the runs on wild pitches, and senior Dave Stutt singled home the go-ahead score.
MIT didn't answer until the sixth. Key singles by Kyle Zeller and Bates to start the frame gave the Engineers two baserunners with no outs. Zeller advanced to third on Bates' knock, while Bates proceeded to second as the Bears tried to make a play at third. Mike Batty followed with a sacrifice fly that leveled the score at three. With two outs and Bates at third, pinch hitter Matt Harrington lined a pitch at Coast Guard's third baseman. Unable to make a play at the hot corner, Bates scored unearned.
Cliff Roscow picked up his fourth save after pitching to four batters in the ninth. Although pinch-hitter Ken Franklin reached on an error to open the inning, a beautiful 5-4-3 double play in the ensuing at bat closed the door on the scoring threat. Chuck Arena doubled to deep center to offer some hope to the Coast Guard faithful, but Roscow got Christian George to fly to left, enabling MIT to complete the two-game sweep over the Academy for the second year in a row.