Rookie Power Propels MIT Past UMass Boston, 7-1
May 4, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Freshmen Thomas Phillips and David Nole accounted for five runs on two homeruns as MIT topped UMass Boston, 7-1, in the Engineers first game since the NEWMAC Championship. Fellow rookie Matt Loper (6-1) earned the win after surrendering just one run in six innings pitched.
Three-time All-Conference selection, Wayne Duggan, opened the scoring for the Tech nine with a run-scoring double in the first that scored Jason Witzberger. Duggan brought Witzberger home again in the third on a single as MIT grabbed a 2-0 lead. Witzberger swiped a base in each of his first two plate appearances, the second of which became theft No. 50 en route to a new Institute record. Before the third inning closed, Duggan crossed the plate as well, as Phillips powered an opposite field homerun over the right field fence.
Ryan Oshima grabbed one back for the Beacons in the top of the seventh as his run-scoring single chased Loper from the game. Pinch hitter Adrian Pina, who went 2-for-2, scored the Beacons' lone run.
In the bottom of the eighth, MIT (19-12) solidified the non-conference victory as Nole crushed a three-run homerun deep to right center. Junior Rich Kosoglow was brilliant in relief of Loper, allowing only one hit three strong innings to pick up his first save of the campaign.
Bryan Curran (1-4) endured the loss after giving up four runs in five innings. With the loss, UMass Boston drops to 16-15 overall.
The MIT diamond program reaches for a historical milestone on Friday as the 2006 edition of the Engineers attempt to become the first team to produce back-to-back 20-win seasons. The Engineers host Suffolk University with the first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m.