Wayne Duggan Propels MIT Past Bates, 8-6
April 24, 2006
LEWISTON, Maine - The MIT Engineers (15-10) head into Thursday NEWMAC Tournament Quarterfinal after grabbing a much-needed win over NESCAC foe Bates College on Tuesday. Senior Wayne Duggan triggered Tech's 8-6 victory from the plate and on the hill; going 4-for-5 with five runs batted in, while collecting his team-best fourth save of the season.
MIT posted two runs in the first and second innings to spring in front, 4-1. Duggan homered to left center with one out in the first to provide the first offensive spark before delivering again in the second with a two-run single.
The Bobcats (9-12) answered MIT with a second run in the third, but the Engineers were able to stay one step ahead of the Bates attack as an RBI single by Kevin Wheeler in the fourth was followed by Greg Williams' run scoring double and Jason Witzberger's RBI single in the fifth.
Bates scored runs in six different innings, but was unable to generate any momentum as the Bobcats stranded 10 runners. Duggan picked up his fifth RBI in the eighth with a single to center field that scored Warren Bates.
Bates also enjoyed a huge day for the Cardinal and Gray, finishing 4-for-5 with three runs scored. Wheeler and Witzberger also picked up two hits each as MIT posted its highest hit total since April 12, while the Engineers also snapped a four-game losing skid.
Mike Vasquez (1-1) worked three innings of relief to earn his first win of the season, while rookie Thomas Phillips opened the tilt with a decent start. Phillips worked four innings, allowing three earned runs while notching three strikeouts. Duggan pitched the final two frames, surrendering no hits or walks.