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Men's Baseball On a Streak

Jiri Schindler--The Tech
Starter William Nielsen '98 strikes out a batter Saturday as MIT wins a double-header against the U.S. Coast Guard Academy 5-4, 11-1.

By Steven Brunelli
Team Member

After returning from a disappointing 23 spring trip, the varsity baseball team has caught fire. The team has won eight of its last 10 games since returning north and has vaulted into second place in the Constitution Athletic Conference. Currently, the team is on a six-game win streak.

MIT's secret is simple:pitching. During the last six contests, MIT starters have logged six complete game victories and have yielded only seven runs. The staff's ERA during that time is 0.78.

The staff is anchored by the trio of Aaron Loutsch '96, Steve Brunelli '96, and WilNielsen '98. Also contributing to the staff's success was Tom Epps '98.

Many coaches feel that this is the strongest pitching staff in the conference. With 16 pickoffs over the team's first 15 games, the staff may be on pace to break the Division III record for pickoffs in a season.

The hitters have hit three home runs in their last four games, including Joel Morales' '99 three-run game-winner in the last inning on Saturday. Central to the offensive attack are Pete Gustafson '99, Morales, Eddie Rivas '97, and Duane Stevens '98. The defense is also much improved over last year's.