May 1, 2007
Courtesy Worcester State Sports Information
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Worcester State College baseball team belted six homeruns in two games, including two each from junior Nate Nelson and freshman Ryan LaPrade as the Lancers swept the visiting Engineers of MIT, Tuesday afternoon, at Tivnan Field. Worcester State, which won by scores of 19-7 and 9-2, improved to 16-19 on the season with the win. The Engineers fall to 13-15.
In game one, the Lancers jumped out to an 8-1 lead after three innings before a pair of MIT runs in the top of the fourth inning and a four spot in the top of the sixth cut the lead to, 8-7. Senior Jason Witzberger was the major offensive catalyst for MIT in the opener as he reached base in all four plate appearances. With the bases loaded in the sixth, Witzberger delivered a grand slam for his first career homerun. He finished the game 2-for-2 and added his 16th stolen base of the season.
Although the Engineers cut Worcester State's lead to one, the Lancers exploded for 11 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to seal the win. LaPrade, Nelson, junior Chris Gusha and freshman Jonathan Pena all homered in the game. It was the first collegiate homerun for both LaPrade and Pena. Pena had a team high four RBI to go along with two runs scored. LaPrade, Nelson, Gusha and freshman Mason Poce all had multiple hits for Worcester State as the Lancers pounded out 16 hits.
In game two, Worcester State collected 11 more hits while sophomore Mike Borowiec scattered five hits and gave up just one earned run en route to his staff-high fourth win of the season. The Lancers scored three runs in the bottom of the first and single runs in the second and third innings followed by three more in the fourth to take an 8-0 lead after four.
MIT posted single runs in the fifth and sixth innings but couldn't mount an offensive attack against Borowiec. LaPrade added three more hits to his total on the day falling a double short of hitting for the cycle.