May 20, 2005
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. - Endicott College (26-15) topped MIT (20-14), 6-2, in the first round of the 2005 ECAC Championships, placing a halt on the Engineers' most successful campaign in nine years. Despite the tough finish, Tech's baseball unit spent much of the season re-writing the record books.
Jamie Turner pitched 7.2 strong innings against the Cardinal and Gray at Bridgewater State College, earning his sixth victory while supported by a 13-hit attack from the Endicott offense. Turner scattered seven hits against the Engineers and allowed only one eighth inning run. The win made Turner the Gulls' career-victory leader with 22.
The EC defense saved Turner a run in the seventh with a key bases-loaded, one-out pick off at first base. Catcher Dan Gomez threw behind MIT base runner Aaron Kent to get the second out of the inning and Turner finished the job by striking out pitcher Jay Turner to end the threat.
Unfortunately, the Engineers couldn't muster any momentum and stranded 10 runners during the tilt. Endicott scored first on a third-inning,two-run homer from Pat Vincent, while Greg Allain scored in the fourth on a single by Gavin Softic, who had three hits on the day. The Gulls got two more in the fifth behind a double from Matt Bishop and an RBI single from Mark Vaughan to build a 6-0 lead and pull away for the win.
The MIT Nine completed the program's third 20-win season in the history of the team, setting a plethora of records along the way. The following is a list of single-season records set in 2005:
Batting Average - .319
On Base Percentage - .389
Hits - 366
Earned Runs Scored On Opponents - 193
Fielding Average - .966
Double Plays - 26 (tie)
Left On Base - 261
Saves - 6
On Base Percentage - .504, Jason Witzberger (tie)
Triples - 5, Ricky Tydus
Fielding Average - 1.000, Aaron Kent (152 chances)
Assists - 112, Greg Williams
Pitching Appearances - 18, Cliff Roscow
Saves - 6, Cliff Roscow