95th time lucky for University of Tokyo baseball team

Pitcher Akihiro Shibata (12) of the University of Tokyo is congratulated by his teammates after putting an end to the team's 94-game losing streak.

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TOKYO — A Japanese university baseball team finally ended its 94-game losing streak on Saturday, winning for the first time in five years.

The University of Tokyo beat Hosei University 6-4 at Jingu Stadium in its first victory since Oct. 2, 2010.

"We’re finally out of the tunnel," manager Kazushi Hamada said.

The school is Japan’s premier university, and produces many of the country’s top politicians, lawyers, and doctors.

But unlike rivals in the Tokyo Big 6 Baseball League, the University of Tokyo does not offer sports scholarships or scout high school players. Since World War II, the team has never finished in the top half of the six-team league.

Two seasons ago, the university team hired former Yomiuri Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Masumi Kuwata in a bid to turn around its fortunes.