March 30, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Worcester State Lancers snapped MIT's five-game winning streak with a 9-4 victory over the Engineers at Briggs Field, Wednesday afternoon. With the loss, MIT falls to 6-5 on the season, while Worcester State improves to 5-7.
Inhan Kang started on the hill for the Engineers, and proved to be incredibly effective through the first three innings, striking out four batters while holding the Lancers without a hit. In turn, the Engineers offense started quickly as Jason Witzberger walked to lead off the game and scored on Warren Bates' sacrifice fly.
With the Engineers clinging to a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth, Worcester State peppered four singles between two walks and a wild pitch that resulted in a four-run inning for the visiting Lancers. The Engineers surrendered four steals on five attempts during the frame as well, as Worcester State looked to aggressively take the game from the Cardinal and Gray.
Matt DuTillio ripped a two-out, pinch-hit double to give the Lancers an added boost in the fifth, and even scored on the final out of the inning as senior Jeremy Foskett was caught trying to stretch a single into two bags.
While Worcester State's offense continued to generate scoring opportunities, the Lancers employed a pitching strategy that proved tough for Tech to solve. The Lancers used nine different pitchers in the tilt, with each player logging one full stanza. MIT struck out a season-high 10 times and had only one runner reach base between the second and seventh inning.
The Engineers made some noise after signaling their bench in the bottom of the eighth. Trailing 9-1, freshman Matt Harrington drilled a two-run homerun to left-center that narrowed the Lancers' lead to six. With two on and two out in the bottom of the ninth, the rookie from Riverside, Calif, dropped a single into right field to secure another run for the MIT attack, though MIT's comeback bid would ultimately fall short.
Senior Tom Cousineau picked up the win after pitching a flawless fourth, while Kang endured the loss for the Engineers.
MIT returns to action on Thursday, hosting Suffolk University at 3 p.m.