MIT Softball Blanks Regis, 1-0
March 17, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - Reigning New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Rookie of the Year Leah Bogsted posted nine strikeouts and scored the only run in MIT's 1-0 victory over Regis College on Friday. For the second year in a row, the Engineers opened the season with a win while the Pride fell to 2-9 on the year. In the circle, Bogsted notched her fifth career shutout while Veronica Coles received the loss for Regis.
The Pride threatened to get on the scoreboard in its first at-bats as Melissa Gonzalez led off with a single to third base. Cortney Coles followed with a hit to leftfield before getting out at second on a fielder's choice by Megan O'Donnell. A walk issued to Melissa O'Donnell loaded the bases. Bogsted retired the side with back-to-back strikeouts.
Adrianne Hee got things going for MIT with a walk in the bottom half of the inning. A sacrifice bunt by Amanda Poteet and a ground out by Amanda Jason pushed her to third. The Pride got out of the inning on a ground out to second base.
The second inning for Regis saw all four of its hits go to the left side of the field. Veronica Coles led off with a double and then moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Amanda Reyes that was picked up by third baseman Stephanie Brenman. Leftfielder Helen O'Keefe kept the runner in check as she made a diving grab on a fly ball by Colleen Hill. O'Keefe caught another fly for the third out.
Bogsted led off with a walk and a well-placed bunt by Corinne Vannatta moved her to second. Holly Jeffrey blasted a single to right field that sent Bogsted toward home plate. However, Amanda Heroux's throw home stopped Bogsted and set up a potential run-down. In the midst of the pursuit, Jeffrey advanced to second while Bogsted safely returned to third. Strong defensive play by Reyes at second base helped record the next two outs.
Melissa O'Donnell picked up her first hit of the game with a two-out ground-rule double down the leftfield line. Blair Benander reached on a walk, but the rally ended there as Erin Campbell popped up to Bogsted.
As MIT's first batter in the bottom of the fourth, Bogsted was successful with a single up the middle. Vannatta once again advanced her to second with a sacrifice bunt. A ground out by Jeffrey moved Bogsted to third and she then scored as the throw to third base sailed into foul territory. The Engineers' momentum continued with a walk by Kaitlyn McCartney but the inning ended on a ground out to short stop.
The next inning saw both sides go down in order. When Regis returned to the field in the top of the sixth, Campbell posted a one-out single to right centerfield and Veronica Coles reached on an error. Alexandra Kluchnick came in to pinch run for Coles, but Bogsted struck out the next two batters.
Tech was unable to extend its lead in the bottom of the sixth. Cheryl Texin earned a walk but Bogsted grounded out into a double play. MIT rebounded with a single to leftfield by Vannatta and a walk to Jeffrey. However, a lineout stranded both base runners.
Bogsted notched two more strikeouts before Megan O'Donnell sent a single up the middle. A ground out to third base by Melissa O'Donnell ended the game.
The next game for MIT will be on Thursday, March 23 at 3:30 p.m. when it hosts Brandeis University.