Softball Opens Season With Win Over Carleton

March 22, 2005

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT softball team posted its first season-opening victory in eight years by defeating Carleton College, 1-0, in eight innings on Monday. In the Engineers' second game of the day, they fell to George Fox University, 2-0.

The MIT-Carleton game was a pitchers' duel as each squad tallied four hits and struck out 11 times. Rookie hurler Leah Bogsted totaled 11 strikeouts in her debut, falling just one shy of tying the Institute record of strikeouts in a game.

The Engineers had a chance to get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth inning when Cheryl Texin doubled to right field. She advanced to third on a wild pitch but was stranded as the rest of the side struck out.

In the top of the eighth, Carina Ellis was placed on second base for the Knights. Amanda Espinosa fouled out to catcher Amanda Poteet. Jamie Lykken struck out and then Vickie Gunderson was walked. Leslie Barry reached base on a fielder's choice, resulting in Ellis being forced out at third base.

For Tech, Adrianne Hee was placed on second and then stole third in the bottom half of the inning. Holly Jeffrey grounded out to shortstop and then Texin was walked. During Carly Saylor's at bat, Texin stole second. Saylor recorded the second walk of the inning, loading the bases. Poteet bunted, sending Hee home for the game-winning run.

George Fox wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Cassie Halvorson led off the game by flying out to centerfield. Kim Backhaus singled and moved to second on a bunt by Hollee Braun. They both stole a base and then Backhaus scored on a wild pitch. Katie Plumb popped up to shortstop, keeping Braun at third. Kerstyn Tsuruda singled to left center, sending Braun home. Back-to-back singles loaded the bases, but Bogsted struck out Kelly Garvin to end the inning.

MIT's offense showed some life in the top of the fifth. Batya Fellman and Elizabeth Gillenwater each posted a single, but two runners were left on base.