CLERMONT, Fla. - MIT's softball team picked up two wins in Florida on Tuesday, posting a 6-0 victory over St. Catherine University before winning against Lawrence University, 12-10, in a very close game. Tech is 3-5 so far on the 2014 season.
Against St. Catherine, freshman Natalie Shifflet (Poway, Calif.) and junior Sarah Van Belleghem (Los Gatos, Calif.) led the Engineers with their two runs apiece. Sophomore Alexandra Marshall (Glen Head, N.Y.) pitched all seven innings, retiring the first three batters in the first inning and 11 overall.
The score remained tied at zero until the top of the third, when the first three MIT batters scored. Natalie Shifflet made it to second on an error by the pitcher and was sent home when Marshall doubled. Marshall, in turn, scored when Sarah Van Belleghem singled and Van Belleghem scored the third run off a double by classmate Ellie Fodor (Trenton, Mich.).
At the bottom of the fourth, Jessica Tyminski doubled but, with two outs already on the board, the inning ended when the batter after her struck out. At the top of the fifth inning, junior Karly McLaughlin (Edwardsville, Ill.) scored her first run of the day when she singled, stole second, advanced to third when freshman Mackenzie Donnelly (Helena, Mont.) was hit by the pitch and was sent home by a Monica Shifflet (Poway, Calif.) single.
St. Catherine's best chance to score was the seventh inning, when the bases were loaded with two outs, but, the third out occurred before anyone could make it home. With no more chances to score a run, the game ended with an MIT victory.
In the Lawrence game, Sarah Van Belleghem added two more runs to her tally for the day, while freshmen Emily Van Belleghem (Los Gatos, Calif.) and Ali Trueworthy (Rochester, N.H.) also scored two each. All three of MIT's pitchers had a brief stint at the mound, with Donnelly pitching the first three innings, McLaughlin taking over in the fourth and Marshall entering the game in the sixth inning. Between the three Engineers, seven batters were struck out.
Eight of MIT's 12 runs were scored in the first inning, with seven of them being scored consecutively. Although Lawrence had only scored two runs at the top of the first, the two teams found themselves tied at nine runs in the fifth inning.
At the bottom of the sixth, Fodor singled and advanced to second on an error by the left fielder, making it home when Sarah Van Belleghem doubled. Emily Van Belleghem singled and made it to second base on defensive indifference, allowing Sarah Van Belleghem to score her fourth run of the day. McLaughlin made it to first and stole second, allowing Emily Van Belleghem to tack on the 12th run of the day, but the inning ended before the Engineers could do any more damage.
Hoping to score a handful more runs at the top of the seventh, Lawrence had two outs on the board before Wawiorka was walked and stole second, making it home off a double by the next batter. But, with one more out, the game ended with another MIT victory.
Tech will face Buffalo State College at 1:00 p.m. and Kalamazoo College at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow on its last day in Florida before returning home.