Baseball Snaps Slide Versus Springfield; Advances to NEWMAC Finals

April 29, 2006

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT (17-11) stayed in contention for its first NEWMAC Championship after elimating Springfield, 10-7, in the second round of semifinals at the 2006 NEWMAC Baseball Tournament. The Engineers bounced back to beat the Pride after falling at No. 7 Wheaton College, 14-6, earlier in the day.

MIT rallied against Springfied after falling behind, 4-1. Kyle Zeller homered during the tilt, while freshman Chris D'Annunzio connected on a pair of homeruns to pace the attack. D'Annunzio also picked up a save in the win, relieving senior Wayne Duggan, who improved to 4-3 on the year.

In the first semifinal, the Engineers lost despite grabbing an early lead with five earned runs in the second. The Lyons responded with 14 unanswered scores en route to their 22nd straight win. Wheaton extended its winning streak to 23 after picking up a 10-0 win over WPI in its second semifinal.

MIT will face WPI tomorrow at Wheaton College in the loser's bracket of the Championship. Beginning at 11:00, the winner of tomorrow's first game will face the defending-champion Lyons later in the afternoon. If Wheaton loses tomorrow, the NEWMAC Championship will be decided on Monday as the Lyons have yet to lose in the double-elimination tournament.