Wheaton Rallies Past MIT, 6-5
April 6, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Junior Adam LaPlante scored from first base on sophomore Jake Yagjian's RBI double to left center with two outs in the ninth inning as Wheaton College (14-6, 4-1) extended its winning streak to seven games with a 6-5 victory against MIT (9-4, 2-1) in NEWMAC regular-season play.
Wheaton, which entered Thursday's tilt ranked No. 26 in the latest ABCA national poll, scored the first two runs of the game in the top of the third. Junior Travis Anthoine singled to open the inning. After stealing second base, Anthoine scored on two consecutive throwing errors. Later in the frame, Scott Guillerault drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to left field.
Anthoine produced the Lyons' third run of the day in the fourth; dropping a single into center field that scored Mark Brown, who opened the inning with a walk.
The Engineers did all their damage in the fifth as six consecutive hitters reached base. Steven Nunez, Greg Williams and Jason Witzberger ignited the inning with three straight singles. Bates was hit by a pitch in the next at bat, while senior Wayne Duggan cleared the bases with his first career grand slam. The drive to deep left lifted MIT in front of Wheaton's nine, 5-3.
The Lyons equaled the score in the eighth. After two quick outs, Anthoine reached on an error and junior Brandon Leonard walked. In the ensuing at bat, senior Andy Koocher doubled to left center, plating both runners. With two outs in the ninth, LaPlante's knock up the middle led to the game-winning hit.
Freshman Josh Simmons pitched to only two batters in the eighth inning, but earned his first collegiate win. Senior Jamie Baker entered in the ninth and retired three straight hitters en route to his fourth save of the campaign. Koocher paced Wheaton with the lumber, going 3-for-5 with two run batted in. Anthoine finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Duggan (2-1) suffered his first loss of the year after entering the game in the ninth. Outside of the fifth, the Engineers' offense was unable to get on track. Witzberger and Williams were the only players to enjoy multi-hit games, while the defense surrendered three unearned runs.