March 24, 2009
FORT MYERS, Fla. – On its third day of competition at the Gene Cusic Classic, the MIT softball team split a pair of games on Wednesday morning, besting Potsdam State in the opener, 2-1, before falling to Oberlin, 6-4, later in the day. The win was the Engineers’ second over the Bears on the trip and ended a stretch of three-straight losses. MIT is now 3-4 overall with four games remaining at the Classic.
Jessica Iacobucci started game one and delivered her second impressive performance of the past week. After throwing a three-hit shutout on opening day versus Simmons, Iacobuuci tossed another complete game, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out nine. The freshman retired the first 14 batters she faced and only allowed baserunners in two innings. Bensey Schnip was the offensive catalyst, going 2-2 with a run scored and an RBI.
The Cardinal and Grey got on the board in the first as Lily Keung drew a leadoff walk and scored on Schnip’s sacrifice fly. Jenny Li then delivered the eventual game-winning RBI in the fourth, doubling to left to score Schnip.
Against Oberlin, the Engineers fell behind early, trailing 4-0 after three and were unable to overcome that deficit despite outscoring the Yeowomen 4-2 over the final four innings. Keri Dixon helped spark the MIT rally, going 2-3 with a run and an RBI on the day.
Starter Jessica Oleinik got into some trouble in the first thanks to a three walks and a couple of wild pitches. However, the damage could have been worse as one runner was thrown out at home and Oleinik stranded three more.
Tech began cutting into the lead in the fourth after Katie Harrington led off with a single and scored on Dixon’s RBI. The Engineers would add to their total in the fifth as the Oberlin third baseman was unable to handle Harrington’s grounder, allowing two more runs to cross the plate and bringing Tech back within one. However, the Yeowomen struck for two more in the bottom half of the inning to pull away for good.
Oleinik earned the loss, giving up six runs, only four of which were earned, on nine hits and five walks.
After playing six games in its first three days in Fort Myers, MIT will take Wednesday off before returning for another twinbill on Thursday against Colby and Potsdam.