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Kyle and Mejia Help Baseball Team Sweep Babson in Two Games

By Farhan Zaidi

The gutsy pitching of Jeff Kyle '96 and the productive bat of Baldemar Mejia '98 led the baseball team to a doubleheader sweep against Babson College at Briggs Field on Saturday.

In the first game, Kyle hurled a 7-hit complete game to lead the Engineers to a 43 victory.

It was Babson College, however, who struck first, going ahead in the second inning, 1-0. With two outs in the inning, Babson center fielder Paul Flaherty lifted a lazy fly to left-center field that dropped in for a double.

Flaherty advanced to third on a passed ball, and scored when Kyle uncorked a wild pitch that bounced off home plate and flew 25 feet into the air, hitting the backstop.

The Engineers came back in their half of the 3rd to tie the score. Center fielder Steve Vetere '97 and right fielder Rob Lepard '95 led off the inning with back-to-back singles to put runners on first and third.

Babson's starting pitcher, John Alling, then made a wild pickoff attempt to first that sailed into foul territory and allowed Vetere to score.

The home team went ahead in the 6th inning, with a 3-run explosion that made the score 41. The rally was highlighted by an RBI-double by catcher Paul Collins '98 and a 2-run double by Vetere.

The visitors mounted a serious challenge in the 7th inning. With one out, three consecutive Babson hitters reached base safely, loading the bases for the middle of the order. Kyle then showed his grit by striking out clean-up hitter Seth Bostock, but surrendered a 2-run single to Jeremy Bock. Kyle was able to retire the next batter on a ground out to end the game.

MIT keeps early lead

In the second game, Mejia drove in four runs on a 2-run single and a 2-run double to power the Engineers to a 96 victory. Mejia's double, coupled with a 2-run single by first baseman Mel Pullen '98 highlighted a 5-run first for the home team, which led the rest of the way.

The Engineers added three insurance runs in the 2nd inning, sparked by leadoff man Jeremy Godinger '97. Godinger opened up the inning by driving a single up the middle and proceeded to steal second base. With one out, Pullen and designated hitter Tom Epps '98 both reached base to set the table for Mejia's 2-run single. The next batter, right fielder Duane Stevens '98, lined a single to center field, driving in a run to make the score 81 for MIT.

As in the first game, Babson would play the role of catch-up, scoring two runs in both the 4th and 5th innings to tighten the ball game. In the end, however, MIT's advantage proved to be too sizable to overcome.

Steve Brunelli '96, MIT's starting pitcher, had control problems, walking five men and was backed by a shaky defense that committed two costly errors, but on the whole pitched well enough to get the win. He gave up 8 hits and struck out 8 in a complete game performance.