Engineers Smother Elms; Complete Weekend Sweep
April 10, 2005
HOLYOKE, Mass. - MIT upped its season ledger to 13-6 after sweeping two doubleheaders, including Sunday's two-game swing against Elms College at McKenzie Stadium. The Engineers offense put up big numbers against the Blazers, winning 8-4 in the first game before routing their NAC foe, 19-3, in the nightcap.
After igniting the MIT offense with a game-tying hit in Saturday's win over Coast Guard, Jason Witzberger paced the Tech attack with a commanding performance from the leadoff spot, Sunday afternoon. Witzberger reached base nine times in 10 plate appearances, collecting seven hits, seven runs, six stolen bases and three RBI.
MIT jumped on the Blazers early, scoring runs in each of the first four innings in yesterday's matinee. Kyle Zeller and Warren Bates had run-producing doubles during the tilt, while a four-spot in the bottom of the fifth offered Elms its only offensive surge on the day.
Aaron Kent got the nod to start for the Engineers in the opener, and was able to pitch well enough to secure his second win of the season.
The Cardinal and Gray busted out the bats in game two. Although the Engineers managed only one extra-base hit, MIT splintered the Blazers pitching with a season-high 23 hits. Eight different players enjoyed multiple-hit games, led by Witzberger and Bates, who each had five hits in six at bats. Bates drove home a game-best four runs, while five other players registered two RBI.
Mike Vasquez pitched well enough to win on any day, surrendering three runs in six innings, but the rookie cruised to his first collegiate win behind a potent offense that never left the end result in doubt.