April 16, 2005
WORCESTER, Mass. - MIT (17-7, 6-2) moved into sole possession of second place in the NEWMAC standings after a convincing two-game sweep over WPI (6-18, 3-5). The Cardinal and Gray scored early and often to pull away 9-3 in game one of Saturday's scheduled doubleheader, while Tech unleashed its potent offense for a 14-3 victory in game two.
Jason Witzberger opened up the weekend twin bill by extending his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games with a double (he would make it 11 after game two). Wayne Duggan drove Witz home with a single, before scoring on a sacrafice fly by Warren Bates. Greg Williams, who has endured a minor slump at the plate, began an eventful day with a two-run single that pushed MIT ahead 4-0 after one.
Four runs was all MIT would need as Mike Batty looked strong on the mound. Pitching six solid innings, Batty leveled his record at 3-3 after surrendering three runs while striking out five.
Witzberger reached base on all four plate appearances, scoring three runs on two hits and taking two bags after getting hit by a pitch. He also stole two bases to raise his team and career-high total to 17 in 17 attempts.
Ricky Tydus delivered in the No. 2 hole, going 2-for-3 with a game-best three RBI, while Duggan and Williams each collected two hits and a pair of RBI.
Wayne Duggan was the story in the second game, dominating on the hill and at the plate. Carrying MIT to its fourth straight by giving up only two earned runs and recording nine strikeouts, Duggan pitched seven strong innings to move to 4-0 on the season. He was even more commanding with the bat, going 4-for-5 with four RBI.
Tydus and Williams also capped tremendous afternoons as they both went 3-for-5 with two RBI. Witzberger went 2-for-4 with a walk in reaching base safely for the 21st consecutive game.
The Engineers return to action, Tuesday, hosting first-place Wheaton College in a critical NEWMAC tilt. The game is scheduled to start at 3:30.