CLERMONT, Fla. - On its first day of spring break in sunny Florida, the MIT softball team fell to Slippery Rock College, 3-0 and Carthage College, 14-3. The Engineers are now 2-2 for the season.
The game against Slippery Rock started off slow, with the score remaining tied at 0-0 until the bottom off the third inning when Katie Saluga doubled, allowing Taylor Welch and Megan Maloney to score, giving the Rock a 2-0 advantage. At the top of the fourth, freshman Alexandra Marshall (Glen Head, N.Y.) made it to first when she was hit by the pitch and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Ellie Fodor (Trenton, Mich.), but the Rock's two runs went unanswered when freshman Tori Jensen (Holliston, Mass.) flied out to left field, ending their run.
At the top of the fifth, senior Anna Christensen (Vernon Hills, Ill.) singled and advanced to third after sophomore Kelly Wang (La Canada, Calif.) made it to first and senior Leah Alpert (Needham, Mass.) grounded out to catcher. Christensen and Wang were left on base at the end of the inning, though, after two more outs. Slippery Rock scored again, giving the Rock a 3-0 lead over the Engineers that held until the end of the game.
In the second game of the day, Carthage, who was ranked No. 15 in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) poll, got an early lead when four players scored at the top of the first inning. By the bottom of the fifth, the Lady Reds were leading, 9-0, but the Engineers soon got on the board. Wang walked and then advanced to third on sophomore K.K. Wopat's (Edwardsville, Ill.) double. Burgess singled, allowing Wang to score and Wopat to advance to third, giving MIT their first run of the game. Wopat was able to score on Marshall's single and Burgess soon followed when Fodor was out at first, giving them three runs by the end of the inning.
At the top of the sixth, Carthage added four more runs to their score, giving them a 14-3 lead. In the bottom of the sixth, Jensen singled and Christensen reached first on a fielder's choice. Wang followed with a single and Christensen was out at second and Wopat was out at first, ending the game.
The Engineers return to action tomorrow when they face Luther College at 1:00 p.m. and Indiana Tech at 3:00 p.m.