March 22, 2009
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The MIT softball team opened up its spring break trip with an impressive 7-2 win over Potsdam State in the opening game at the Gene Cusic Classic in Fort Myers, Fla. Jenny Li’s grand slam in the second gave starter Jessica Oleinik all the run support she needed, as Oleinik had a solid day both at the plate and on the mound, going 1-3 with a walk, run and an RBI while tossing four shutout innings. Tech (2-1) also dropped a 7-0 decision to Colby later in the day for its first loss of the season.
Oleinik’s sacrifice fly in the first put the Engineers on the board. The sophomore would pitch around a pair of Potsdam hits in the bottom half to preserve the one-run lead. The Cardinal and Grey then exploded for four in the second as a pair of walks and a single set the stage for Li’s first career home run.
The Bears had a number of opportunities to score, loading the bases against Oleinik in three straight innings without scoring. In the fourth, Oleinik worked around a passed ball on strike three and another error before getting Heidi Grebinger to strike out looking to end the threat.
Freshman Abby Van Hook finished the game, allowing two runs on four hits over the final three innings to earn her first career save.
In the second game of the day, the MIT offense was stymied by Colby starter Alyssa Crowell, who allowed just six hits and one walk while striking out 10 Engineers for the complete game shutout. Jessica Iacobucci picked up her first collegiate loss just five days after shutting out Simmons in Tech’s season opener. Iacobucci allowed seven runs, only four of which were earned, and struck out 11 Mules. The freshman now has 22 strikeouts in the first 14 innings of her young collegiate career.
MIT will play in eight more games while at the Gene Cusic Classic. The Engineers face Potsdam and Oberlin three more times each and take on Colby twice.