March 28, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT closed its week in Orange, Calif. with losses to St. Olaf College (9-6), Cornell College (4-3), and Tufts University (2-1, 8 innings). The Engineers return home with a ledger of 2-6 and several record-breaking performances. Against St. Olaf, Carly Saylor set a new Institute mark for home runs in a season (three) and in a career (five). In the final game of week, Leah Bogsted tallied 15 strikeouts against Tufts University, establishing a new record for strikeouts in a game.
Unlike Tech's previous meeting with St. Olaf, MIT got on the scoreboard first. Adrianne Hee led off with a single to left center. Amanda Poteet singled through the left side, advancing Hee to second. Cheryl Texin cleared the bases with a double and moved to third on a throwing error by the Oles' left fielder. A single by Leah Bogsted scored Texin, giving the Engineers a 3-0 lead at the end of the inning. St. Olaf responded with three runs in the bottom of the first.
A two-out single by Hee was followed by a single from Carly Saylor. Poteet singled to center field, allowing Hee to score the go-ahead run. Once again, the Oles tallied the equalizer in the bottom of the second.
In the third inning, the Engineers went down in order and St. Olaf took a 5-4 lead. In the top of the fourth Saylor belted a two-run home run to help Tech regain the lead.
Both squads were held scoreless until the bottom of the fifth, when the Oles tied the game at 6-6. St. Olaf went on to added three more runs in the sixth, setting up the final score.
In Friday's match-up with Cornell, the Rams held a 1-0 edge after the first inning. MIT tallied two runs in the top of the third to take the lead. Hee and Saylor posted back-to-back singles up the middle. Poteet reached on a fielder's choice, sending Saylor to second and causing a force-out at third. Texin hit a single to the pitcher, which scored Saylor and advanced Poteet to third. Poteet then scored on a wild pitch, giving the Engineers a slim advantage.
Cornell countered with two runs of its own, taking the lead for good. The Rams added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth, extending their margin to 4-2. Tech cut the deficit to one in the next inning. Texin walked and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. After consecutive pop-ups to second base, Elizabeth Gillenwater reached on a throwing error, scoring Texin. The Rams thwarted MIT's attempts to extend its rally by getting the side out in order.
MIT ended the week by facing Tufts for the first time in the program's history. The Jumbos took a 1-0 lead after the first inning. The Engineers responded by tying the game in the top of the second. Texin singled to right field and then advanced to second base due to an error on a failed pickoff attempt. Bogsted grounded out to shortstop, but Texin advanced to third on a throwing error. Batya Fellman grounded out to the pitcher and Texin scored as a result of another throwing error.
A total of five batters were left on base during the remainder of regulation play. In the top of the eighth, Fellman was placed on second. A sacrifice bunt by Gillenwater moved Fellman to third. However, back-to-back infield ground outs ended Tech's chances at scoring. Tufts capitalized on three bunts and a throwing error to win the game.