April 12, 2014

Engineers Fall to Wheaton in Conference Double Header

NORTON, Mass. - In its sixth consecutive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) double header, the MIT softball team dropped both games to Wheaton College, falling 3-2 in the first game when the Lyons scored the winning run in the final inning, and dropping a 6-2 decision in the second game. Tech dipped to 7-15 on the season and 4-8 in NEWMAC play, while Wheaton is 29-4 and 13-2 in league action.

Freshman Ali Trueworthy (Rochester, N.H.) played two strong games, going 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI in the first and 3-for-3 with one run scored in the second. Classmate Natalie Shifflet (Poway, Calif.) went 1-for-3 with one run in the first game, while junior Ellie Fodor (Trenton, Mich.) pitched all 6.2 innings, allowing nine hits and three runs and striking out seven in the loss. In the second game, freshman Mackenzie Donnelly (Helena, Mont.) earned the loss, pitching three innings and allowing four hits and one run and striking out two batters.

A home run by Trueworthy in the top of the third inning of the first game got the ball rolling. This was the first homer of her collegiate career and just the fifth of the season for the Engineers. Tech did not get to enjoy a lead for long, as the Lyons scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the third when Emma Hart singled, stole second, advanced to third on the throw and then was sent home on a single by Marissa Timoteo.

In the bottom of the fifth, Madeline Hatch tripled and scored off a single by Rebecca Seifert, but a run by Shifflet in the sixth inning tied the score at two. Donnelly, who hit the double that sent Shifflet home, advanced to third off a single by sophomore Tori Jensen (Holliston, Mass.), but the inning ended before she could make it home.

Trueworthy doubled in the top of the seventh and made it to third on a ground out, but the Engineers' hopes of scoring that third run were thwarted by Wheaton's defense, that shut the inning down before Trueworthy could be sent home. In the Lyons' last chance to break the tie, it was Hatch who scored the game-winning run.

Wheaton scored first in the second game, tallying three runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 3-0 lead. With two more runs in the next inning, the Lyons furthered their lead over the Engineers. In the top of the third, Fodor scored Tech's first run when she reached on a fielding error by the right fielder and advanced to second, scoring on an RBI double by Jensen. Jensen made it to third on a single by McLaughlin but the inning ended before Tech could lessen the gap further.

In the top of the sixth inning, Trueworthy scored Tech's second and final run of the game when she singled, advanced to third on a single by freshman Monica Shifflet (Poway, Calif.), and arrived home on a single by Natalie Shifflet. MIT allowed zero hits in the bottom of the sixth and, in the top of the seventh, McLaughlin singled up the middle, but the third out occurred before she could advance.

On Tuesday, April 15, the Engineers will travel to Worcester, Mass. to face NEWMAC rival Clark University at 3:00 and 5:00 p.m., before playing its first home double header in almost two weeks on Friday, April 18, hosting WPI.