April 6, 2014

Tech Splits Games with Springfield

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT's softball team split games with Springfield College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) double header on Sunday afternoon, winning the first in eight innings, 2-1, before falling in six in the second game by a score of 9-0. This is the first time since 2009 and only the second time in program history that the Engineers have defeated the Pride. Tech is now 7-11 and 4-4 in conference play, while Springfield is 9-5-1 and 2-2 in league action.

Junior Ellie Fodor (Trenton, Mich.) pitched the entire first game, allowing five hits and one run and striking out eight batters in eight innings to earn the win. Freshman Mackenzie Donnelly (Helena, Mont.) went 1-for-3 with one run.

Springfield's leadoff batter, Christina Leader, scored the first run of the game in the first inning when she was walked, stole second off a strikeout by the next batter and was sent home off a double by Melissa Nelson. It did not take long for the Engineers to tie the score; Donnelly led off the second inning by doubling and advancing to third on a wild pitch. On a sacrifice fly by classmate Monica Shifflet (Poway, Calif.), Donnelly was able to score.

The game went through the remaining five innings with neither team able to score the one run they needed to win. In the top of the eighth, Springfield's three batters were retired quickly when the first struck out, the second popped up to the second baseman and the third was caught out at first. In the bottom of the eighth, with freshman Helen Rosenthal (Bethesda, Md.) placed on second, classmate Natalie Shifflet (Poway, Calif.) singled and advanced to second, allowing Rosenthal to move to third. When junior Karly McLaughlin (Edwardsville, Ill.) had a sacrifice fly to left field, Rosenthal made it home.

In game two, Tech was held to just two hits. Junior Sarah Van Belleghem (Los Gatos, Calif.) went 1-for-3, while Monica Shifflet was 1-for-2. Fodor earned the loss in this game, pitching 2.2 innings and allowing four hits and two runs and striking out four batters.

The Pride had a standout first inning, scoring six of its nine runs before the inning was out. With another one scored in the fourth and its final two runs happening in the top of the sixth, the Pride held a 9-0 edge over the Engineers going into the bottom of the sixth. Natalie Shifflet reached first on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on an out. When Sarah Van Belleghem singled, Shifflet advanced to third and looked as if she could score, but the third out occurred before that time.

MIT will host UMass Boston on Tuesday, April 8, with games at 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.