MIT Halts Ephs Winning Streak, 8-7
May 6, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Every single starter registered a hit as MIT (21-13) capped the 2006 regular season with an 8-7 victory over Williams College (28-8). The Ephs salvaged a split with the Engineers after riding a dynamite pitching performance for a 7-1 victory in game one, although the game-two loss snapped a 13-game winning streak for Tech's NESCAC foe.
On the back of freshman ace, Dan Benz, Williams dominated the first tilt of the afternoon. The Ephs rookie righthander hurled a complete game, allowing only one run while scattering four hits in seven innings of work. The Engineers managed just one runner in scoring position after the first as Benz raised his collegiate ledger to 6-0. Sophomore Jay Turner (5-3) endured the loss for MIT after yielding six runs over 4.2 innings.
Junior Chris Kenney solidified his position as one of the best hitters in the NCAA, going 4-for-4 with two RBI in the first game, while senior Mike Overand finished 2-for-2 with two runs scored and a run batted in.
Williams went to work right away in game two, touching up MIT starter Chris D'Annunzio for three runs in the first frame. The Engineers responded in the bottom of the stanza with six runs on six singles. Senior Greg Williams, who finished with three RBI, keyed the first inning rally with a two-run knock.
MIT added two more runs in the third in chasing Matt Gustafson from the game before turning to its bullpen to close out the win. The Engineers went deep into their bench using five different arms in the second game. Junior Rich Kosoglow (1-0), who worked the fourth and fifth innings, got credited with the win, while Wayne Duggan recorded the final two outs of the afternoon to notch his fifth save of the year.
Williams scored a run in the top of the eighth and another in the ninth to tighten the gap, but Kenney popped up to short with one out and a runner on second to stifle the Ephs' comeback bid.
Saturday's win snapped an eight-game losing streak for MIT against Williams, while the victory ensured MIT's highest single-season win total since the club totaled a club-record 22 wins during the 1993 campaign.