CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Simmons College put up four runs in the fourth inning, en route to a 7-3 win, to spoil MIT’s season opener in non-conference softball action Thursday afternoon at Briggs Field. Emily Colligan had three hits and scored twice and Sammi Letizio worked five innings to earn the win, as the Sharks improved to 5-2 on the season. Jessica Iacobucci took the loss for the Engineers, allowing just one earned run over seven innings and striking out a career-high 12 batters.
Colligan led off the fourth with a single to right and was moved over by Amanda Gould’s sacrifice. Some tough bounces for MIT (0-1) followed, as Steph Murray reached on an infield hit and Jessica Oleinik could not handle a hard shot at third, plating Colligan. A wild pitch by Iacobucci would score Murray and two more RBI singles, by Annie Thompson and Ashley Wheeler, extended the Simmons lead to 5-0.
The Engineers responded in the home half of the inning, as Keri Dixon launched a shot over the leftfielder’s head to drive in Oleinik.
Tech attempted to rally back in the sixth, as Oleinik and Dixon reached base to start the frame. However, Anna Christensen hit a line shot right to the shortstop, who turned and doubled off Oleinik as she broke for third. Trinity Leonard would drive in two runs with a two-out hit but the inning could have led to more for the Engineers.
Iacobucci’s 12 strikeouts eclipsed her previous career best of 11, which she accomplished twice during her rookie campaign. Iacobucci and Leonard had a team-high two hits while Dixon went one-for-two with a walk.
The Cardinal and Gray will travel down to Claremont, Fla. next week for a slate of games during its spring break trip. The Engineers will play eight games in five days, beginning on Sunday, March 21 against Southern Maine and Colby. Simmons will play a doubleheader at Rivier on Saturday, March 20, beginning at 1:00 p.m.