CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the first time in six years, the MIT softball team defeated the Coast Guard Academy with a score of 10-2 in the first game and 4-1 in the second. The Engineers are now 9-4 for the season and 2-0 in NEWMAC play, while the Bears dipped to 9-7 and 2-2 in conference play.
In the first game, senior Anna Christensen (Vernon Hills, Ill.) went 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBIs. She and sophomore Sarah Van Belleghem (Los Gatos, Calif.), who was 1 for 4 with one hit and one RBI, were the only two Engineers to score twice, once in the first and once in the last inning.
MIT offense came alive at the bottom of the sixth and final inning, where they scored five runs on five hits. Senior Leah Alpert (Needham, Mass.) scored the first run of the inning and was followed soon after by sophomore K.K. Wopat (Edwardsville, Ill.) and freshman Alex Burgess (Chelmsford, Mass.), who both reached home on an error by the catcher. Off a single by Christensen and an error by the left fielder, freshman Alexandra Marshall (Glen Head, N.Y.) and Van Belleghem scored and, to end the game, Christensen scored off a double by freshman Tori Jensen (Holliston, Mass.).
Sophomore Ellie Fodor (Trenton, Mich.) pitched all six innings, allowing only six hits, two runs and struck out five batters.
MIT wasted no time in the second game, scoring two runs at the bottom of the second. The Cardinal and Gray increased their lead over the Bears further at the bottom of the fifth inning when Jensen hit her second homerun of the season, allowing her and Christensen, who batted before her, to score. Jensen is the only Engineer to have hit a homerun so far this season.
At the top of the sixth, Coast Guard scored its only run of the game when an error by the left fielder allowed Jessie Richardson to score. With two more scoreless innings, the game ended with an MIT victory of 4-1.
In her seven innings on the mound, Marshall allowed only three hits, one run and she struck out four batters. She is now 3-2 for the season.
The Engineers' next game will be on Wednesday, April 3 when they host Suffolk University at 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.