March 30, 2007
FORT MYERS, Fla. - MIT's softball team concluded its season-opening trip to Fort Myers, Fla., on Thursday afternoon with a pair of losses to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and DePauw University. UW-Whitewater used a six-run bottom of the sixth to explode past the Engineers, 10-0 in six innings, while DePauw plated 11 base-runners combined in the third and fourth frames to ease to a 16-1 victory in five innings.
The games were played as part of the 16th Annual Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic, with Tech competing at both the Cape Coral Sports Complex and the Lee County Sports Complex.
MIT dropped to 1-7 following the two setbacks, while UW-Whitewater improved to 6-3 and undefeated DePauw moved to 18-0 with the victories.
The Engineers hung tight with the Warhawks for the first five innings on Thursday, as junior Leah Bogsted pitched well enough to limit the powerful UW-Whitewater lineup to just four runs on seven hits heading into the sixth. However, the Cardinal and Gray committed three of its seven errors in the sixth inning to help the Warhawks score six runs and end the game due to the eight-run rule.
Bogsted finished the afternoon with five strikeouts and allowed 10 runs, though just two were earned. The Levittown, N.Y., native fell to 1-2 with the loss. UW-Whitewater's Jessie Harmeyer earned the victory and moved to 2-1 by limiting Tech to just one hit over six innings of work while striking out four.
Powerful DePauw provided the opposition for MIT's final game of its spring trip, and the Tigers displayed why they have started the season with 18 consecutive wins with an overpowering performance. The team from Greencastle, Ind., had base-runners cross the plate in every inning on its way to the 16-1 triumph.
Following a run in the first inning and two in the second, DePauw busted out for six runs in the top of the third. Carolyn Bartlett poked a two-RBI single while Jessica Krueger added an RBI single of her own to pace the Tigers. The remainder of the runs in the frame were unearned, as Tech committed four of its six errors.
DePauw added a five-spot in the next inning with the aid of a two-RBI single from Kimberly Heininger and a triple form Chelsy Patterson, which also plated a pair of runs. Rachel Gill added an RBI single to close out the scoring in the inning.
Freshman Lauren Balek took the loss on the mound for the Engineers, dropping her record to 0-3 on the young season. Katherine Veatch (4-0) and Kristin Barrow combined to limit Tech to just three hits.
Jason and fellow junior Holly Jeffrey picked up two of MIT's hits, while freshman Lily Keung made her first collegiate hit count as she belted an RBI double to break up the shutout bid in the bottom of the fifth.
The Engineers will return to action on Saturday, Mar. 31, when they will open up their 2007 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference schedule against visiting Smith College in a doubleheader. The first game of the twinbill will take place at 12:00 p.m., with the second game following shortly thereafter.