April 20, 2008
Courtesy Wesleyan Sports Information
MIDDLETON, Conn. - Meeting in Middletown, Conn., for the first time since 1975, Wesleyan and MIT split a doubleheader in non-conference play on Sunday. Wesleyan benefitted from a terrific effort on the mound en route to an 8-5 victory in game one, while the Engineers delivered a hot offensive attack to win the nightcap, 11-7.
Wesleyan (14-15) broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth inning in game one as both starters, junior Stephen Toth for MIT (15-13) and senior Kit Tholen for Wesleyan, were rolling up to that point. Wesleyan finally got to Toth in the fifth, connecting for four hits and six runs, with the big blow a bases-loaded triple to right-center off the bat of junior Garrett Lamborn that put Wesleyan ahead 3-0. Lamborn scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman Joe Giaimo, and after a double by junior Nick Gonsalves, junior Bruce Kelly lined his third homer of the season over the left-field fence to make it 6-0.
Wesleyan made it 8-0 in the sixth after consecutive doubles by sophomore Jeff Bizinkauskas and junior Drew Dominguez, followed by a sacrifice fly to center by Lamborn.
Tholen was relieved after finishing his six innings of shutout ball, allowing just four hits.
Freshman Eliezer Oberman took the mound in the seventh and MIT met him with five hits for five runs. Sophomore Stewart Park drove in the first two runs with a ground-rule double to left-center. Senior Kevin Wheeler added another two-run double and freshman William Blackman brought home the final run with the third double of the inning.
In game two, MIT jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning, getting six hits off Wesleyan starter junior Jon Sargent. Bringing in two runs each were Wheeler with a double and senior Matthew Harrington with a two-run shot over the left-field fence.
Wesleyan got as close as 8-6 in the fifth when Kelly unloaded his second round-tripper of the afternoon, a towering three-run blast to left. But MIT kept senior ace reliever Mike Vasquez on the mound as he had spelled starter junior Matt Loper, who allowed 10 hits and four runs in his four innings of work. Vasquez, despite allowing six hits and three runs in three innings, finished the game and earned his fourth save of the year.
Wheeler, who connected for four hits in nine at-bats with six RBI during the twin-bill, polished off the MIT scoring with a two-run single in the seventh. Park was 5-for-8 for MIT with three runs and three RBI.
Kelly finished the day 6-for-7 with six RBI and three runs to pace Wesleyan. Lamborn was 3-for-5 with four RBI.
Since last playing a game in Middletown in 1975, the teams met once in Cambridge, Mass. in 1989, then six times in Florida during the 1990s before resuming a northern schedule in 2007. MIT won the meeting last year at home, 14-11.