Rookie Pitching Stifles Babson, 4-1

April 11, 2006

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BABSON PARK, Mass. - The MIT pitching staff allowed just one run on four hits in nine innings on Tuesday, as the Engineers claimed a 4-1 victory over host Babson College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game at Govoni Field. With the win, MIT (11-5, 4-2 NEWMAC) moves into sole possession of second place in the conference, while Babson (10-12, 3-3 NEWMAC) falls to third.

Sophomore Matt Delaney gave Babson a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, as he belted his first collegiate home run off first-year starter Matt Loper. However, that would be the only run allowed by MIT pitching all afternoon, as Loper settled down to shut the Beavers down over the next seven innings.

MIT put up two runs in the top of the second inning, as freshman Thomas Phillips doubled to left and later scored on a single to center by senior Kyle Zeller. On the play, Zeller took second on a throwing error, allowing him to score when senior Greg Williams followed with a single to left.

The Engineers scored another run in the fifth when Zeller led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on a double to right center by junior Jason Witzberger. MIT added its final marker in the top of the ninth, as Williams singled in sophomore Kevin Wheeler with two outs.

After pitching his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the second, Loper retired 16 of the next 17 batters before issuing a walk to Delaney with two outs in the eighth. After junior Mike Vasquez entered the game to face one batter, rookie Chris D'Annunzio came on to retire the final four batters of the contest, sealing the 4-1 victory.

Loper remained unbeaten with the win, improving his record to 4-0. The rookie right-hander gave up one run on three hits, walking three and striking out four in 7 2/3 innings. D'Annunzio was perfect in 1 1/3 innings of relief to earn his second save. Offensively, the Engineers were led by Zeller and Witzberger, who both went 3-for-4, and Williams, who went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Dziuba was the only player with multiple hits for Babson, as he finished 2-for-4. Sophomore Jon Igoe suffered the loss on the mound, giving up three runs on seven hits in seven innings to fall to 3-2.