April 25, 2005
Springfield, Mass. - MIT (18-10, 7-5) lost its final two games of the NEWMAC regular season, dropping to the No. 4-seed for the league's postseason tournament. The Engineers were in position to wrap up the No. 2 spot in the conference, but a doubleheader sweep by Springfield College (15-13, 7-5) at Berry-Allen Field pushed Tech two spots down the standings.
Despite a great pitching effort from senior Mike Batty, the Engineers dropped the opener, 2-0. MIT managed a season-low three hits in the game, as the Tech bats were kept at bay by Kevin Davidson. The Springfield senior pitched six innings of two-hit ball before turning the game over to Derek Hodder for the save.
For his part, Batty allowed only two hits against the Pride attack, but an RBI single and a sacrifice fly gave Springfield all it would need in the fifth.
In the second game, the Engineers lost their chance at the No. 3 seed after blowing a three-run lead. Falling to the Pride, 8-5, MIT took a 5-2 advantage into the bottom of the seventh before enduring only its second late collapse of the season. Wayne Duggan and Batty each plated three hits for the MIT offense, but the Engineers couldn't overcome a poor effort from its usually-reliable bullpen.
Despite the tough finish, MIT secured its first winning season in NEWMAC history and will play No. 5 Coast Guard on Thursday at 3:30. The Cardinal and Gray swept the Bears in two close battles earlier in April. Should the Engineers advance past the U.S. Service Academy, MIT will face top-seeded Wheaton College at 11 a.m., on Saturday in Norton.