CLERMONT, Fla. – Looking for the first win of its young 2010 campaign, the MIT softball team travelled to Clermont, Fla. for its annual Spring Break training trip. In four games over the trip’s first two days, the Engineers have compiled a 2-2 record. Tech began with a dramatic, come-from-behind win over Southern Maine, 11-10 on Sunday morning. After a pair of defeats at the hands of Hope College and NAIA-opponent Mount Mercy College, the Cardinal and Gray bounced back with a 14-6 decision over Morrisville State in Monday’s nightcap.
Against Southern Maine, Anna Teruya’s RBI triple in the sixth inning broke a nine-all tie. Teruya would give the Engineers an insurance run later in the frame, thanks to a Chelsea Ostrander single, as they held on for the 11-10 win.
Jessica Oleinik put MIT on the board early with an RBI double and was brought home by Trinity Leonard’s two-out hit. The Huskies would respond in the bottom half of the first when Lauren DiCecco singled, advanced to third on an error by centerfielder Lily Keung and scored on a wild pitch. After two more runs for Southern Maine in the second, the Engineers would break the game open with a seven-run third.
Jessica Iacobucci, Oleinik and Keri Dixon reached base to start the inning, setting up a bases-clearing triple by the freshman Leonard. Emily Creedon followed that up with another triple and scampered home on an error by the shortstop. Ostrander added an RBI double and Iacobucci drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in her second at-bat of the frame.
Tech seemed to be in control of the game as Iacobucci settled in, retiring six of seven in the third and fourth innings. However, trailing 9-3, the Huskies would strike for six runs in the fifth to tie things back up and set up Teruya’s heroics.
Leonard finished three-for-four with four RBI and two runs while Teruya reached base in all three of her plate appearances, scoring twice. Iacobucci earned the win, allowing just four earned runs on 10 hits to go with eight strikeouts over seven innings.
After Sunday’s second game against Colby was rained-out, MIT was back in action Monday against Mount Mercy. Sophomore hurler Becca Smith kept the Engineers in check all day, allowing just two base runners in five innings and striking out 12, en route to the 10-0 win.
Iacobucci was back on the mound Monday versus Hope and got off to a good start, allowing just one hit over the first four innings. After the Dutch scored a pair of run in the top of the fifth, MIT responded with three more in the home half of the frame. Oleinik had an RBI double and Dixon knocked in a pair of runs to put the Cardinal and Gray on top, 4-2. However, Hope would get three more back in the sixth and hold on for the 5-4 win.
In the final game on Monday night, against Morrisville State, MIT had its best offensive output of the season, recording season-highs in runs (14), hits (18) and RBI (13). Oleinik and Dixon led the way, going a combined eight-for-nine with seven RBI and four runs scored. Oleinik also worked six innings in the circle, surrendering six runs on eight hits while striking out six.
Tech will be back in action on Wednesday morning, with the first half of double-header against University of Wisconsin-Stout at 9:30 a.m. The Engineers will play Middlebury in the second game at 1:30 p.m.