March 26, 2008
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - In a rousing start to the softball campaign, MIT rallied for the winning run in its last at bat for the second straight time in as many outings this spring. The Cardinal and Gray's 5-4 win over Oberlin College was the first of a doubleheader sweep for the Engineers on Sunday. MIT also defeated Middlebury College, 5-3, to begin a 10-game Florida swing with a bang.
Keri Dixon's two-run triple in the bottom of the seventh rallied MIT from a 4-3 deficit in the first game. The winning hit mirrored that of Cheryl Kwinn's three-bagger that enabled the Engineers to win in similar fashion over Simmons College in the season-opener last week in Cambridge.
For Dixon, it couldn't have been a better day. The freshman also cracked a solo homer in the opening frame to give MIT a 2-1 edge. The Engineers also scored on Holly Jeffrey's groundout after Lily Keung reached on a two-base error and advanced to third on a wild pitch.
Oberlin got even in the fourth and put two more on the board in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead. The Engineers sliced the margin in the sixth, when Chelsea Ostrander reached on a fielder's choice, advanced to third on Kaitlyn McCartney's single and scored on an infield error.
Then in the seventh, Keung reached on a miscue, stole second, and advanced to third on Lara Kostun's fielder's choice. After Kostun stole second, Dixon delivered the game-winner.
Jessica Oleinik went the distance on the hill, allowing four runs to earn a win in her first decision.
MIT won the second game against Middlebury with less dramatics, though a three-run fifth for the Engineers broke a 1-1 tie. Keung singled, stole second, and advanced to third on a pinch-hit single by Kostun. After Kostun stole second, Oleinik singled to load the bags. A walk to Dixon scored Keung, before Amanda Jason knocked in Kostun. Ostrander was then thrown out at first from right field, but the hit's distance was enough to score Dixon and advance Jason to third, though no further damage was done.
Bogsted also pitched a dandy on the hill, allowing only two earned runs on nine hits, while striking out eight and walking three. The senior improved to 2-0. Jason went 2-for-2 with an RBI and run scored, while Oleinik had three hits in four at bats.