CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Massachusetts Institute of Technology answered a five-run second inning by Plymouth State University with five runs of its own in the bottom of the frame Wednesday afternoon, then went on to defeat the Panthers, 10-6, at Briggs Field.
The Engineers scattered the wealth with seven different players producing runs. MIT improves to 14-7 overall, while PSU dropped its fifth straight to fall to 4-15.
PSU put up a five-spot in the second inning. Sophomore Steve Campo (Londonderry, N.H.) led off with a single and came around to score on a double by junior Adam Kobeski (Walpole, N.H.). Senior Derek Guimond (Lewiston, Maine) added an RBI single, and another run came home on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Trevor Hall (New Boston, N.H.). The fifth run of the inning came home on an MIT error.
The Engineers knotted the score in the bottom of the inning, batting around the order despite only collecting three hits. Jason Witzberger extended his hitting streak to eight games with an RBI single, while an RBI single by Wayne Duggan capped the comeback effort.
A run scoring single by Matt Harrington pushed MIT ahead in the third; and in the fourth, Ricky Tydus delivered with his fifth triple of the campaign. The senior centerfielder raced home on the same play after an errant throw by his Plymouth State counterpart.
RBI singles by Kyle Zeller and Mike Batty extended Tech’s advantage in the sixth and ensured rookie Jay Turner of his third win of the season (3-0).
The Panthers had few chances to pull even with the Engineers, as MIT’s bullpen combined for four innings of hitless ball. Inhan Kang pitched two innings worth of zeroes, before giving way to Joe Yurko and Cliff Roscow to close out the game.
Four players had two hits apiece for PSU – Hall, Kobeski, Guimond and sophomore Joe Annese (Winchester, Mass.). Four Panther pitchers worked two innings each – freshmen Jim VanGyzen (Foster, R.I.) and Ryan Lavelle (Middleboro, Mass.) and sophomores Tim Conway (Bedford, N.H.) and Scott Cote (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) – with VanGyzen suffering the loss (0-3).
PSU, 4-15 overall, returns home to host Rivier College on Thursday at Panther Park (3:30 p.m.)
(Courtesy of MIT Sports Information)
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