April 12, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Senior Jim Burke pitched his best game of the season, surrendering only one run and striking out nine MIT batters as Babson defeated the host-Engineers, 10-5, in a key NEWMAC battle. Breaking a tie for second place in the league, the win lifts Babson to 10-10 overall and 5-1 in the conference. With the loss, MIT falls to 13-7 and 4-2 in NEWMAC play.
The Beavers touched Tech's starting pitcher, Mike Batty, early; getting three RBI singles in the first to move ahead 3-0. Run-producing singles in the next two innings stretched Babson's lead to 5-0.
The pivotal moment in Tuesday's game came in the bottom of the third. Although the Engineers started the inning with three straight singles, including a run-scoring knock by Ricky Tydus, Burke settled down and quickly thwarted the attempted rally. After hitting Kyle Zeller to reload the bases, Babson's senior pitcher was in a tight spot with no outs on the board. Taking command of the frame, Burke struck out the next two batters, before getting his counterpart to ground to third base, leaving the bags full, and the score 5-1.
Freshman Robbie Leer homered to lead off the fifth for Babson, and an RBI triple by John Hudspeth pushed the Beavers even further in front at 8-1.
MIT scored four times in the ninth to close the gap, but the advantage proved to be too large to overcome. Babson had five players with at least two hits, including sophomore Ryan Campbell, who blasted a homerun deep over the left field fence.