May 6, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Junior Warren Bates connected on two triples, including a two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth that enabled MIT (20-11) to secure a 7-6 win over UMass Boston (13-18), Thursday afternoon at Briggs Field. Fellow third-year Wayne Duggan drove home two of his own on three hits, while pitching six innings en route to the win.
Jason Witzberger single-handedly orchestrated Tech's first score, stealing second and third after reaching on an infield single. During Witzberger's attempt on third base, an errant throw by the Beacons' catcher allowed the speedy sophomore to cross the plate with ease. MIT sprinkled three more runs over the next two innings.
Senior Rick Tydus opened the second stanza with a homerun to left field, while Duggan crushed a pitch over the same spot in the next frame to give MIT a 4-1 lead. Bates accounted for the third run, hitting a triple before scoring on an error by the centerfielder just in front of Duggan's at bat.
A two-run double by UMass Boston freshman Derrick Plante reduced the MIT lead to one in the fourth, and sophomore David Waters powered a solo homerun in the top of the sixth to knot the score at four.
Witzberger's second infield hit of the day combined with another Beacon error set the stage for Bates' two-run triple in the bottom half of the sixth. Ensuring his fifth win in six decisions, Duggan followed with an RBI single that pushed Tech's advantage to 7-4.
Sophomore Evan Tardugno kept UMass Boston in the tilt with one swing as he crushed a two-run homer in the eighth that once again pulled the Beacons within striking distance. Earlier in the inning, MIT's infield turned a spectacular 5-4-3 double play, erasing what would have been the game-tying score.
With one-out in the ninth, Waters doubled to deep center to put the tying run in scoring position. During the next at bat, closer Cliff Roscow and shortstop Greg Williams combined for the play of the game as they picked off an unsuspecting Waters and negated the offensive threat. With two outs, Roscow slammed the door on his MIT-record sixth save of the season with a strikeout.