March 23, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The College of St. Catherine posted five runs in the first inning, en route to a 6-2 victory over MIT on Tuesday. In the Engineers' second game of the day, they fell to St. Olaf College, 7-6, in eight innings.
Tech's Adrianne Hee opened the St. Catherine game by earning a walk. She then advanced to second on a passed ball. After two consecutive outs, Carly Saylor registered an RBI single and moved to third on the throw to home plate. MIT closed the inning with a ground out to shortstop.
The Wildcats got on the scoreboard with a two-run home run. Four batters later, St. Catherine extended its lead with a three-run homer. The Wildcats tacked on another run in the third inning on a solo home run.
MIT recorded the last run of the game in the top of the seventh. After back-to-back outs, Hee doubled to right center. Batya Fellman singled, allowing Hee to score.
St. Olaf loaded the bases in top of the first by hitting three singles in four at-bats. A sacrifice fly to left field put the Oles on the scoreboard. Pitcher Leah Bogsted ended the scoring threat with a strikeout. The Engineers tied the game in the bottom half of the inning with a solo home run by Saylor. St. Olaf added three runs in the next inning and then tallied two more in the fourth, extending its lead to 6-1.
MIT's offense came alive in the sixth inning, as Hee notched her second double of the game. In the next at-bat, Saylor walked and Hee advanced to third. As Hee stole home, Saylor stole second and advanced to third base. A ground-out from Cheryl Texin to third base allowed Saylor to score the last run of the inning, cutting the deficit to three (6-3).
Bogsted quickly worked through the Oles' line-up, trying to maintain Tech's offensive momentum. Again, MIT was successful in its first at-bat with Fellman hitting a single to left field. Lara Kostun laid down a sacrifice bunt to third, moving Fellman to second. Holly Jeffrey's ground-out to second allowed Fellman to advance to third. Elizabeth Gillenwater reached on a fielding error at first base, which brought Fellman home. Hee continued the rally with a single to shortstop. Saylor was walked, which loaded the bases. Amanda Poteet blasted a two-run single to left field, tying the game at 6-6. The Engineers closed the inning with a ground-out to third.
With a runner placed on second, the Oles took advantage of a passed ball by advancing to third. A single to left field scored what proved to be the game-winning run. St. Olaf kept the pressure on as it loaded the bases on a fielding error and a walk. Tech got out of the inning by completing a double play from center field, to the catcher, to third base.
The Engineers went down in order in the bottom of the eighth, ending their exciting late-game rally.