March 28, 2008

Superb Pitching Not Enough as MIT Takes Double Dip to St. Olaf, Fredonia State

March 28, 2008

Box Score

FORT MYERS, Fla. - For six innings, Leah Bogsted matched St. Olaf College's Katie Truax almost pitch for pitch. The two hurlers squared off in a grueling pitcher's duel that saw nothing but zeros rung up until the last inning. But it was Truax who got the best of the deal when the Oles eked out an unearned run off Bogsted in the top of the seventh and held on for a 1-0 win over the Engineers. MIT also lost by a run to Fredonia State, 3-2, as the Engineers saw their season ledger slip to 3-4.

In the first game, both pitchers were simply sensational. Truax allowed only three hits, while striking out 10; Bogsted surrendered six hits and fanned eight. Neither hurler allowed a walk.

Bogsted proved remarkably resilient in the third when she struck out the side, despite allowing two runners to reach after two were out. The senior matched that brilliancy in the fourth when she got the side in order after surrendering a lead off hit and the runner took second on a stolen base.

With the Oles' making three errors to MIT's one, Truax was also forced to make due during a few ominous moments. She was on target at the most crucial times as well, particularly in the opening frame, when a pair of miscues allowed Lily Keung to eventually reach second with two outs. Truax ended up striking out the side to get out of the jam.

In the top of the seventh, the St. Olaf's hurler was rewarded for her game-long effort when Ali Berens came through with a two-out single that plated the winning run from second. Truax got the side in order in the bottom half to improve her record to 2-0. Bogsted fell to 2-2.

Later in the day, the Engineers dropped a tough 3-2 decision to Fredonia State. The Blue Devils punched in the winning run in the fourth inning after advancing runners to second and third with two out. The visitors scored when the next batter grounded to third and the lead runner was awarded home due to catcher interference.

Trailing 2-0 after the opening inning, the Engineers got all their run production in the second on Kaitlyn McCartney's double to right center. The frame was set up when, after an out, Jessica Oleinik walked, Holly Jeffrey singled to right, and Jenny Li reached on a fielder's choice, with Oleinik thrown out a third. Jeffrey scored from second on McCartney's blast, as Li hustled in all the way from first.

With no further scoring for either team, MIT suffered another loss despite a strong pitching effort. Oleinik went the distance, allowing only one earned run on seven hits, while striking out three and walking one.