Tech Falls to St. Thomas and Buena Vista in Florida

CLERMONT, Fla. - On its third day in Florida, the MIT softball team were defeated by the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) by a score of 13-0 and Buena Vista University, 2-1. Tech, who is now 1-5, picked up its first win of the 2014 season yesterday when it had a 2-0 victory over the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Against St. Thomas, sophomore Alexandra Marshall (Glen Head, N.Y.), MIT's second batter, was the first of the Engineers to make it on base when she was walked, and then made it to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Sarah Van Belleghem (Los Gatos, Calif.). But, with two outs already on the board, Marshall was not able to get any further before the third out occurred.

St. Thomas started off its first inning at bat by scoring five runs in a row, with the first batter, Jenna Hoffman, leading off with a double. With one more double later on in the inning, two singles, a walk and a batter hit by the pitch, the Tommies ended the inning with a five-run lead. St. Thomas' lowest scoring inning was the second, where the Engineers allowed just one run. Four runs were scored in the third and an additional three were scored in the fourth and final inning. 

At the top of the third, freshman Ali Trueworthy (Rochester, N.H.) made it to first when she was walked, but was caught out before she could make it to second. Tech did not get any more hits in the remaining two innings.

After stepping onto the mound in the third inning of the Buena Vista game, junior Ellie Fodor (Trenton, Mich.) allowed five hits and two runs and struck out seven batters. Sarah Van Belleghem went 2-for-4 with one run.

Tech's lone run was scored at the bottom of the first when Sarah Van Belleghem tripled and made it home off a single by her sister, freshman Emily Van Belleghem (Los Gatos, Calif.). Emily Van Belleghem advanced to second when junior Karly McLaughlin (Edwardsville, Ill.) singled, but the third out occurred before the batters could make it any further.

MIT remained one run ahead of Buena Vista until the score was tied at the top of the sixth, when Sam Knudsen singled, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mikaela Milslagle, stole third and made it home on an error by the third baseman.

Freshman Mackenzie Donnelly (Helena, Mont.) singled in the second inning and made it all the way to third off a sacrifice bunt by classmate Monica Shifflet (Poway, Calif.) before the inning ended. The score remained locked at one until the eighth inning, when the game went to a tie breaker. With Milslagle placed on second, she made it second on a sacrifice by Lesa Tanquist, and made it home when Stephanie Hayden singled and then stole second.

At the bottom of the eighth, freshman Natalie Shifflet (Poway, Calif.) was placed on second and advanced to third off a sacrifice by Marshall, but three outs followed quickly after, ending the game before the Engineers could score the equalizer.

MIT will face St. Catherine University at 1:00 p.m. and Lawrence University at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow.