NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – On the strength of two of its best offensive outputs of the 2010 campaign, the MIT softball team swept a pair of contests at Smith College on Tuesday afternoon in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action. The Engineers jumped out to an early lead in game one and held on to win, 8-5, before cruising to a 7-0 decision in the nightcap. The wins were the first for the Cardinal and Gray in conference play, as it improves to 6-12 and 2-6 in the NEWMAC.
The MIT bats were active early on, as Tech scored six runs in the first inning of game one. Jessica Oleinik led off with a single and, after a fly out by Emily Creedon and a walk from Anna Teruya, the Engineers reeled off six straight hits, including an RBI double by Keri Dixon and run-scoring base hits from Trinity Leonard, Jenny Li, Jessica Iacobucci, Chelsea Ostrander and Anna Christensen.
Tech would add two more in the second with help from a defensive miscue by the Smith leftfielder.
The Pioneers threatened in the fifth, scoring five runs to climb back to within three. After a pair of walks and an error loaded the bases, Lauren Martinez cleared them with an RBI double. Olivia Gierlich then got the next two batters to pop-out before Laura Robitzek drove in Martinez with a single and came home on Kirstie Beaton’s double. However, Gierlich induced a soft ground-out by Salma Mehter to end the threat.
Leonard was two-for-three in the opener with a run and an RBI while Li went three-for-four, scoring twice and driving in one. Iacobucci earned the win, tossing four scoreless innings while surrendering just three hits and striking out four.
Leonard picked up where she left off in the second game, going three-for-four and hitting a solo homerun while the Engineers combined for 14 hits in the nightcap. MIT scored in the second, third, fifth and sixth innings en route to the 7-0 win while Teruya held Smith scoreless over seven innings.
Leonard’s round-tripper with one out in the second put MIT on the board, which would prove to be all Teruya needed. Five straight singles and a Smith error to start the third would lead to three more runs and Li then went deep to lead off the fifth.
Teruya earned her first win of the year thanks to the seven-hit shutout.
Leonard finished the day five-for-seven with two runs and three batted in. Li reached base four times in the two games, scoring three times and driving in three.
The Engineers will continue their busy week, in which they play eight games in five days, traveling to Babson College for a NEWMAC doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon, beginning at 3:00 p.m.