CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT softball fell to visiting Springfield College, 9-0 and 11-3, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Briggs Field. The Engineers were swept in a series for the first time in conference play and fell to 2-4 in the conference and 4-15 overall. Springfield improves to 13-8 overall and 6-2 in the NEWMAC.
The Pride struck for five runs in the top of the first to open up the first game. After a strikeout to lead things off, Springfield ran off five straight hits, capped by a two-run home run by Chelsea Bender (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.). Ally Rivelli (North Kingstown, R.I.) singled to start things off and came home on a double by Kasey Kelly (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.). Kelly Blake (Watertown, Conn.) and Breann Joyce (Trumbull, Conn.) hit back-to-back singles to chase MIT starter Karly McLaughlin (Edwardsville, Ill.) before Bender's round-tripper.
Springfield added another run in the second on an RBI-double by Blake and tacked on three more in the fifth as Tess Gagliano (Atlantic Highlands, N.J.) went deep.
McLaughlin took the loss, her second on the season, for Tech while Ashley Marino (Harrison, N.Y.) earned the win with three scoreless innings in the pitcher's circle.
Springfield jumped out to an early lead in the first inning of game two, plating three runs on four hits in the frame. Gagliano and Kelly reached with a pair of one-out singles and moved up on a double steal. Gagliano came home on an RBI-groundout by Blake and Joyce doubled in Kelly. Bender swapped places with Joyce with a run-scoring double of her own.
MIT came right back in the bottom half of the inning, tying the game at three thanks to a two-run double by junior Leah Alpert (Needham, Mass.). Junior Anna Christensen (Vernon Hills, Ill.) started things off with a walk and McLaughlin reached on an error by the third baseman. Senior Jessica Iacobucci (Phoenixville, Pa.) drove in the first run with a base-hit up the middle and Alpert plated two more with a double over the centerfielder's head.
The Pride retook the lead in the second inning, as they scored three more runs on just one hit and a pair of MIT errors. Kelsey Dunn (Waterbury, Conn.) and Kelly Noonan (Oak Ridge, N.J.) scored on an error by Christensen and Blake drove in another with an RBI double.
Springfield tacked on two more runs in the fourth and sixth innings to complete the series sweep. Jennifer Joseph (Stamford, Conn.) earned the win in game two, giving up three runs over six innings while striking out six. Iacobucci took the loss in game two but struck out seven Springfield batters in six innings of work.
The Engineers will host Wentworth Institute of Technology for a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday, April 11 before returning to NEWMAC play next Friday against Clark. The Pride will host Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Tuesday for a pair of games.