NORTON, Mass. – MIT scored four unanswered runs en route to a 4-2 win over host Wheaton College in game one of a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball doubleheader on Friday afternoon. The Engineers overcame an early 2-0 deficit to win their second straight conference game. The Lyons salvaged a split in game two as the Cardinal and Gray improved to 4-13 overall and 2-2 in conference play.
After falling behind 2-0 in the opener before freshman Kelly Wang (La Canada, Calif.) homered with one out in the fifth to cut the lead in half. The Engineers completed the comeback with three runs in the top of the seventh to earn their first win over Wheaton since 1994.
After Wang reached on an error to lead off the inning, she moved up on a sacrifice and then reached third on junior Emily Creedon's (Stoneham, Mass.) base-hit, the first of four straight singles by Tech. A single by senior Katie Harrington (Lexington, Ky.) scored Wang and, two batters later, senior Jessica Iacobucci (Phoenixville, Pa.) drove in Creedon. Junior Leah Alpert (Needham, Mass.) then brought Harrington to the plate with a fielder's choice.
Freshman Karly McLaughlin (Edwarsville, Ill.) closed out the game in the bottom of the seventh, getting a pair of fly outs and a groundout for her first save of the season.
Iacobucci earned her second win of the campaign, allowing two runs on seven hits over six innings while striking out four.
In game two, the Lyons scored runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings en route to a 3-0 win to overcome the early setback. Freshman Ellie Fodor (Trenton, Mich.) took the loss for MIT, surrendering three runs on six hits over six innings.