Baseball Overpowers Fitchburg State, 15-7
May 4, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Jason Witzberger and Matthew Harrington combined for eight out of MIT's 21 hits in its 15-7 victory over Fitchburg State College on Tuesday. Warren Bates tallied a game-high three RBI for the Engineers, who improve to 19-11 on the year.
Witzberger wasted no time earning his first hit when he posted a lead-off single to left field and then stole second. Harrington singled to shortstop which was followed by Witzberger stealing third. Wayne Duggan singled through the right side, scoring Witzberger and moving Harrington to third. Kyle Zeller's ground out to third base brought Harrington home and advanced Duggan to second.
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom half of the inning, Fitchburg State quickly cut the deficit in half. On the first pitch, Dustin Fredieu blasted a double to right field and then stole third. Andrew Kiewlicz hit a sacrifice fly to center field, which scored Fredieu. This would be the last run the Falcons would score until the fourth inning.
The Engineers extended their lead to 6-1 in the second inning. Aaron Kent hit a one-out single to third base and Witzberger singled down the left field line. Harrington doubled to center field, putting Witzberger on third and scoring Kent. On Duggan's fielder's choice, Harrington moved to third and Witzberger was out at home plate. On the throw to home, Duggan advanced to second. Kevin Wheeler cleared the bases with a double down the left field line and then Bates hit a RBI single.
After a scoreless third inning, MIT tacked on five more runs in the fourth. Harrington singled to right field and Duggan was walked. A single by Wheeler to shortstop loaded the bases. Bates recorded a two-RBI double to right center, which moved Wheeler to third. Ricky Tydus' second walk of the game led to a pitching change for Fitchburg State. Joseph Yurko knocked in a run with a single to left center. A foul out was followed by Kent earning a walk, which brought home Bates. Witzberger singled to short stop, scoring Tydus. The Engineers reached the top of the order but their bats were silenced as the next two batters struck out.
The Falcons added a pair of runs in their next at-bat when Chris Connolly hit a two-out single down the left field line and Fredieu homered to left field.
The Engineers continued to attack in the fifth as they pushed their advantage to 12-3. Wheeler earned a lead-off walk and then moved to second on a passed ball. Bates singled to shortstop, which advanced Wheeler to third and then scored on a throwing error by the shortstop.
The game remained scoreless until the top of the eighth. With two outs and a full count, Witzberger singled up the middle. Harrington posted his second RBI-double of the game with a blast to right center. Mark Boudreau came in to pinch hit for Duggan and was successful as he singled up the middle to score Harrington.
In the bottom half of the inning, Fitchburg State's Shawn Kinney doubled down the left field line and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. A fly out to center field was followed by a ground out to short stop, which scored Kinney.
Blaine Ziegler led off for MIT by reaching on a fielding error. Isaac Wu pinch hit for Tydus and reached on a fielder's choice. After a strike out, Greg Williams singled through the right side, advancing Wu to second. Kent posted a RBI-single for the Engineers' last run of the game. The Falcons tallied three runs in their last at-bats to set up the final score.