WORCESTER, Mass. – MIT senior Jenny Li blasted a three-run homer in the top of the fourth inning of game two and the visiting Engineers rallied to salvage a doubleheader split with Clark in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball action at O'Brien Field on Friday afternoon.
The Cougars won the series opener 5-2 behind a solid start from Sarah Carter but never got the timely hit it needed in dropping the nightcap, 3-2.
Clark now stands at 15-13 overall and 7-7 in league play, while MIT snaps a six game losing streak to improve to 5-18 and 4-10 in conference action.
The Cougars got all of their runs in the first two innings in game one. After Maya Allen scored on an error, Shawna Amatucci drove in the second run on single up the middle.
A double by Allen with one on in the second started a three-run inning that featured another unearned run, an RBI single by Erin Murphy and a run scored on a wild pitch to make the game 5-0 after two innings.
Carter tossed all seven innings for the Cougars, scattering five hits and allowing just one earned run, no walks and striking out four.
Jessica Iacobucci went the distance for MIT, yielding nine hits, five runs (one earned), while striking out seven.
Oleinik and Iacobucci each had a pair of hits for the Engineers, while Allen, Amatucci and Tatiana Chunis all had two hits for Clark.
The Cougars jumped out to a 2-0 lead as well in game two on the strength of a pair of wild pitches from Iacobucci, allowing both Allen and Mel Melkonian to score.
Nicole Meuse started out strong striking out five of the first ten batters she faced but ran into trouble in the fourth.
Iacobucci and Oleinik led off the inning with singles, but Meuse was able to strike out Dixon to record an out. Li then launched a pitch high over the left field fence for the go ahead runs.
Clark had several opportunities to tie the game but left nine runners on base including the tying run when the final out was made.
Meghan Lennon played well in game two, tossing 3.2 innings of two-hit relief and went 3-for-3 at the plate.
Iacobucci picked up her fourth win of the season with 4.1 innings of work, scattering five hits and allowing two earned runs. Oleinik preserved the Game Two win with two and two-thirds innings of one-hit ball.
MIT wraps up its season on Saturday with a pair of home contests against Coast Guard while Clark, who is locked into the No. 6 seed in the upcoming postseason tournament, visits Wellesley on Saturday as well.
Courtesy of Clark University Sports Information