April 1, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT (9-2) baseball continued the best start in the history of its program on Saturday, returning from a successful spring trip to sweep non-conference rival Elms College. The Engineers hammered out 13 hits en route to a 9-7 win in game one, while senior Wayne Duggan allowed only one earned run while hurling a complete game in Tech's 6-2 victory in game two.
After two quick innings, the Blazers (3-11) struck first in the opening tilt as senior Kevin Furey cleared the bases with a three-run double. Despite falling behind, the Engineers answered back in the next frame to knot the score at three. Freshman Thomas Phillips lined an RBI single to the left side for one of the markers, while Tech picked up two more unearned runs to erase the deficit.
MIT's bats continued to heat up in the next inning as the Cardinal and Gray attempted to pull away with four runs on five hits. Warren Bates sparked the attack with a run-producing single before Kyle Zeller brought home Bates with an RBI double. Phillips followed Zeller's knock with a two-run double of his own as the Engineers' stretched their lead to 7-3.
Trailing 8-3 in the sixth, sophomore Nathan Hawes connected on a two-run bomb to slash into the advantage, while Joe Sawa capped a four-run frame with a single up the middle. David Nole added an insurance run for MIT in the seventh with an RBI single while sophomore Joe Yurko faced six batters in recording his first save of the season. Freshman Matt Loper (3-0) earned the win for the Engineers and Ted Roback (1-2) shouldered the loss.
Jason Witzberger walked to lead-off the bottom of the first in game two. After stealing second, Witzberger put MIT on the board by scoring on Bates' run-producing single. Zeller added two more for MIT with a two-run homerun in the third as the Engineers' built up a 3-0 lead.
Duggan enjoyed great command on the hill, surrendering his first hit of the game with one out in the fifth. The Blazers scored a run during the stanza, although the run was unearned.
The Engineers posted two more runs in the sixth with a two-out rally that was ignited by Witzberger's second walk of the game and fueled by Bates' two-run double. Although Witzberger reached base and scored twice in the second game, his 10-game hitting streak to open the campaign came to an end.
Duggan picked up his second win in as many decisions, while RJ Vassallie (1-2) endured the loss for Elms. Zeller enjoyed a monster day at the plate, going 5-for-6 with four runs and three runs batted in. Phillips finished 4-for-6 with four RBI, while Bates also picked up four RBI on three hits.