April 22, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Springfield College (15-15, 8-4) secured the No. 2 seed in next week's NEWMAC Baseball Tournament after sweeping two games from MIT (14-10, 6-6) at Briggs Field, Saturday afternoon. A three-run homerun by Adam Tarquini in the first inning paced the Pride's 4-3 victory in game one, while Springfield secured the second half of the double-header behind the arm of sophomore Joe Carlos, who scattered eight hits and one earned run in nine innings as the Engineers fell, 8-1.
The first half of the twin bill featured a tremendous pitching effort by MIT freshman Chris D'Annunzio. Although D'Annunzio (1-1) endured the loss after giving up the four runs in the opening frame, the rookie hurler surrendered only one hit in the complete-game effort. After yielding the bomb to Tarquini, D'Annunzio retired 18 of the last 19 batters, including 17 straight to close the game.
MIT answered with two runs in the bottom of the first, highlighted by Warren Bates' RBI double. Jason Witzberger picked up an RBI in the second off a groundout, and the Engineers jumped back into contention.
Ahead 4-3 heading to the third, Springfield starter Jimmy Lisowski (3-1) kept Tech's offense at bay the rest of the way. Senior Scott Samolewicz entered in the fifth and pitched two perfect innings with three strikeouts to record the save.
The Pride scored two unearned runs through the first three innings of game two, building a 2-0 lead for Carlos (2-3). The Engineers sliced the lead in half during the bottom of the fourth as Wayne Duggan plated Witzberger with a double. Despite the offensive spark, the Engineers were unable to sustain any momentum.
Jay Turner (3-2) was fantastic for MIT through seven innings, although the sophomore righty faced some trouble in the eighth. With one out, Tarquini was hit by a pitch. Rex Cone followed with a single, while Derek Yvon reached on an error which allowed Tarquini to cross the plate. In the ensuing at bat, senior James Miner blasted a three-run homerun to left center, stretching the Pride's lead to 6-1 and negating an otherwise great start. Tarquini and Cone picked up RBI's in the ninth off reliever Joe Yurko as Springfield finished the tilt with an 8-1 win.
The Pride totaled nine hits in the second game, including two hits for Cone and Chris Stack. Duggan and freshman Steven Nunez had three hits a piece during the two-game swing to pace the MIT offense.
With Saturday's sweep, Springfield extended its winning streak against MIT to 16 games. The Engineers last win against the Pride occurred during the 1999 campaign.