CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – At its second to last home double header of the 2014 season, the MIT softball team split with New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rival WPI, falling in the first game by a score of 5-2 before coming from behind to take a 2-1 victory in the second game on a crisp Friday afternoon. Tech is now 8-16 on the season and 5-9 in NEWMAC play, while WPI is 22-9 and 9-6 in league action.
MIT was led by freshman Helen Rosenthal (Bethesda, Md.), who was the only Engineer to score a run in both games. Junior K.K. Wopat (Edwardsville, Ill.) went 1-for-3 with one run in the first game, while freshman Ali Trueworthy (Rochester, N.H.) was 3-for-3 with one double and an RBI. In the second game, Trueworthy was 1-for-3 with one run and one RBI.
Junior Ellie Fodor (Trenton, Mich.) earned a win and a loss at the mound today. She pitched four innings in the first game, allowing six hits and five runs in the loss. In the second game, she pitched an entire game, allowing four hits and just a single run and striking out five batters.
In the first game, WPI scored three of its five runs in the first inning. The other two were scored in the top of the fourth, giving the WPI Engineers a 5-0 edge over the MIT Engineers. In the bottom of the fourth, Wopat put Tech on the board when she singled, advanced to second on an error that allowed Rosenthal to reach first, and scored on a double by Trueworthy. Rosenthal added the second run when she made it home on a single by classmate Natalie Shifflet (Poway, Calif.).
For the remainder of the game, the Cardinal and Gray allowed just two hits. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Trueworthy singled and advanced to third on a single by fellow freshman Monica Shifflet (Poway, Calif.), but got left on base at the end of the inning. In the bottom of the seventh, each batter was sat down in order.
Game two was a very different story. Both sets of Engineers played well defensively for the entire game, with neither team allowing more than two or three hits in the first four innings. In the top of the fifth, WPI broke the tie when leadoff batter Lindsay Gurska singled and made it to third on a single and a sacrifice bunt. She scored the first run of the game when Nicole McDonough flied out.
Trailing by one run with less and less time to even the score, MIT entered the bottom of the seventh inning with nothing to lose. Rosenthal led off by reaching first on an error by the third baseman and advanced to second on a passed ball. Next up was Trueworthy, who singled and reached third on an error by the center fielder, allowing Rosenthal to score her second run of the day. When Monica Shifflet was intentionally walked, loading the bases, Trueworthy scored the winning run on a wild pitch.
Tech's final home double header of the season will be played tomorrow, when Wellesley College comes to town for games at 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. There are just three more double headers left on the regular season schedule for MIT.