April 14, 2005
QUINCY, Mass. - Mike Vasquez pitched a five-hit complete game shutout to lead MIT (15-7) past Eastern Nazarene College (12-9-1) in a non-conference tilt, Thursday, at Bradley Field. The Engineers blanked the Crusaders, 13-0; catapulting to victory with a nine-run fifth.
Jason Witzberger accounted for Tech's first run in the opening frame. After drawing his team-leading 18th walk of the season to start the game, the reigning NEWMAC Player of the Week swiped two bags that put the first batter of the afternoon on third. Wayne Duggan lined a sacrifice fly to right field to bring home Witzberger, who reached base safely for the 20th consecutive game.
The Engineers clung to their one-run lead until the top of the fifth. Unleashing its trademark power surge, MIT scored nine runs in the inning that all but sealed the Crusaders fate. Freshman Kevin Wheeler sparked the offensive push with a two-run single, while Warren Bates knocked home two more with a double. MIT scattered nine hits during the inning and three errors by the ENC defense kept inning-ending outs away from reach.
While the offense upped the advantage to 10-0, rookie Mike Vasquez enjoyed the most impressive start of his career. The Minnesota southpaw recorded only one strikeout, but drew 14 ground ball outs including two double-plays. He threw just over 70 pitches in the seven-inning tilt, and was in superior control of his command.
MIT tacked on some insurance in the seventh. Wheeler picked up his game-high fourth RBI of the day with a single before Aaron Kent capped the scoring with a two-run homeun; his second bomb of the season.