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Baseball Team Emerges 2-2 from Spring Break Games

By Danny Su
Arts Staff

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>The baseball team is 2-2 after playing its first four games in Florida during spring break. Pitcher Peter Hinteregger `93 earned both victories. He gave up only one run in nine and a third innings while striking out ten. The offensive attack was led by Mike Purucker `92, Dan Sabanosh `94, Ian Somerville `93, and Jon Gass `94. Purucker had an on-base percentage of .474 in four games, scored six runs, and stole three bases; Sabanosh had six hits; Somerville drove in four runs; while Gass was five for nine and stole four bases. The team stole 10 bases, walked 19 times, and batted .262. However, the team also committed seven errors, and the pitching staff walked 17 batters in 30 innings.

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>The first game, against Miami Dade Community College of Miami, Fla., was all pitching. MIT managed only three hits, while the trio of Eric Hopkins `92, Matt Gimre `94, and Mkurlma Britt `94 limited Miami Dade to only four hits.

Gimre suffered the loss when Miami Dade scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. After a leadoff double, Miami Dade moved the runner to third on a fly ball to right field. The runner then scored on a sacrifice fly to right field.

Jeff Olson `94 had two hits for MIT. He singled with two outs in the seventh inning, then stole second base. MIT loaded the bases as the pitcher issued a walk to Hinteregger and hit Purucker. But the scoring threat ended when the next batter struck out.

MIT came back strong the next day, beating Upsala University in Boca Raton, Fla. by a decisive 8-3. Hinteregger pitched six innings to earn the victory. MIT mounted a 13-hit attack against Upsala, with Sabanosh collecting four and Gass collecting three. Gass also stole three bases. Purucker received four walks, stole two bases, and scored three runs. MIT jumped to an early four run lead in the first inning. After Purucker received a leadoff walk, Brian Christensen `94, Sabanosh, and Somerville all followed with singles for a 2-0 lead. With one out, Gass had an RBI single, and Nate Ritter `93 added a sacrifice fly. The lead was extended to 6-0 in the fifth inning when John Mueller `94 squeezed home Sabanosh, and Ritter drove in Gass with a triple.

Against Wesleyan University of New Jersey, MIT was outslugged 10-6. Wesleyan pounded out 11 hits against Hopkins and Rob Lepard `95. MIT also committed three errors, which led to three unearned runs. With the score tied at 3-3 in the sixth inning, Wesleyan broke the game wide open when they batted around. They scored five runs on four hits, a walk, two stolen bases, and an error. MIT then closed the gap to 8-6. But Wesleyan put the game away with two more runs in the ninth inning on a single, a stolen base, a triple, and a wild pitch. The Beavers' offensive attack was led by Sabanosh, who had two hits, and Gass, who drove in two runs.

MIT evened its record with an 8-5 victory over Northwood Institute of West Palm Beach, Fla. With the scored tied at 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth, Sabanosh led off with a strikeout but reached first base on a third-strike wild pitch. He moved to second on Somerville's sacrifice bunt. After a walk to Mueller, Sabanosh scored on a wild pitch. Mueller then scored on Lepard's sacrifice fly. With two outs, Olson walked, stole second, and scored on Gass' RBI single. Somerville and Mueller each had two hits and two RBIs for the game. Hinteregger improved his record to 2-0 when he relieved Ritter in the fifth inning and shut out Northwood batters for three and a third innings.