Late Inning Surge Lifts MIT Over Eastern Nazarene, 7-3
April 13, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Senior Wayne Duggan pitched a complete game to lead MIT (12-6) to a 7-3 victory over Eastern Nazarene College (13-15) in a non-league tilt at Briggs Field. Duggan also connected on a two-run homer as part of a five-run seventh as the Engineers rallied for the win.
Thursday's battle began as a pitcher's duel with Duggan and ENC freshman Josh Daniels keeping both offenses off the bags the first time through the order. The Crusaders broke the scoreless tie in the fifth as senior pinch-hitter Tyler Abel knocked home Leif Jansson with an RBI single. Jansson led off the frame with a double to right center.
The Engineers answered in the sixth. After a lead-off single by Steven Nunez and a walk issued to Jason Witzberger, senior Warren Bates moved them over with a sacrifice bunt. In the ensuing at bat, Duggan helped his own cause by dropping a single into shallow center field. ENC senior Matt Watson made a great throw to the plate, but Witzberger's speed proved to have a slight edge as both base runners crossed the plate.
Craig Turner and Brad Mountain opened the top half of the seventh with back-to-back hits. Mountain doubled during his appearance. Abel did a job for the second straight at bat, picking up an RBI with a sacrifice fly to center. Jarred Weidenroth followed with a single as the Crusaders grabbed the lead, 3-2.
In the bottom of the seventh, Nunez provided another key hit for MIT's attack with an RBI single that tied the game. Freshman Chris D'Annunzio drew a one-out walk, which Greg Williams followed with an infield single. One out later, Bates connected on the game-winning hit with a two-run single. Duggan capped the scoring during the next plate appearance with a two-run blast to left field.
Duggan surrendered three runs and scattered eight hits over the nine innings. He had no walks and four strikeouts. At one point during the game, Duggan retired seven batters on seven pitches. He also came up big at the plate, finishing 2-for-4 with four runs batted in. Nunez was the only other MIT player to collect two hits as the Engineers managed only one hit through the first five innings.
Although the final stats may not prove to be a fair indicator, Daniels was fantastic on the mound for Eastern Nazarene. After allowing Witzberger to reach on an infield single to open the game, Daniels didn't give up another hit until Nunez's single up the middle in the sixth. He left after throwing six complete innings, allowing two earned runs and just three hits.