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Engineers Start Regular Season With Three Wins

By Ahren Lembke-Windler

The baseball team returned from its annual spring training trip this week, armed and ready for the upcoming season. During the team’s Florida jaunt, the Engineers stumbled to a 1-4 record, but managed to work out some kinks in preparation for conference play.

The season began with a high-scoring affair against Wesleyan College. The Engineers dropped the game 17-11 despite a solid performance at the plate by Kevin McKenney ’00, who ripped two doubles and solidified his position as the third batter in the lineup.

After losing the second game 8-0 to Palm Beach Atlantic College, the MIT squad battled hard in a 7-5 loss to Northwood College. Jeff Billing ’01, pitched several quality innings, and Ryan Balter ’99 provided a spark at the top of the order, but it wasn’t quite enough as the Seahawks rallied from an early deficit.

The Engineers then rebounded from a 14-8 drubbing by Williams College to slaughter Bowdoin College 9-0, and pickup their first victory. Pitcher Zach Jenkins ’01 went the distance and picked up the shut-out victory. Captain Jaymee Johnson ’99 provided some timely hitting, and shortstop Dave Piho ’00 performed flawlessly on the field.

MIT then headed home to face Bates College in a doubleheader on Saturday. The Engineers started the regular season off in fine fashion, winning 4-3 and 13-6. Tyler Pope ’99 and Billing each picked up victories, and the lineup continued to manufacture runs by playing Coach Mac Singleton’s patented aggressive style baseball.

In their first conference game the squad topped Worcester Polytechnic Institute 5-1. Jenkins again pitched well, racking up 10 strikeouts and allowing no walks. Captain Joel Morales Jr. ’99 went 2 for 2 with a homer and a double to lead the offensive assault.

The winning streak came to an end against Clark College last Tuesday. Propelled by a five run second inning, Clark defeated the Engineers 8-5. The Engineers look to get back on track this week as they face Babson College on Tuesday.