Smith Sweeps Softball in NEWMAC Opener
March 30, 2008
Smith College Sports Information
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. - Smith College opened New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball competition on Sunday afternoon with a 9-2 and 4-3 sweep of MIT. With the victories, the Pioneers improved to 6-7 overall and 2-0 in conference play as the Engineers fell to 3-10 overall and 0-2 in the NEWMAC.
Smith put four runs on the board in the first three innings of the opening game. Megan Kiefer led off the bottom of the first with a double, stole third and scored on a grounder by Katie Schoenen. In the second inning, Emily Hiltzik drew a walk and advanced to second while Taryn Pestalozzi reached first on an error. Laura Robitzek reached on a fielder's choice but Hiltzik was thrown out at third. Marisa Kritikson notched a double that scored Pestalozzi and Kiefer followed with a single to pick up the second RBI of the inning. Schoenen led off the third inning with a double, Erin Quinn and Jessie Paull each singled and Paull picked up the RBI.
Dezarai Fisher pitched a complete game for Smith, allowing five hits and fanning nine while Jessica Oleinik took the loss for MIT, finishing with 12 hits, two strikeouts, and two walks.
In game two, MIT maintained a 3-1 lead into the sixth inning but the Pioneers scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth and then held the visitors scoreless in the final frame to seal the victory. Kiefer went 3-for-3 for Smith, Crystal Fryer had two RBI's while Schoenen and Kritikson recorded the other two RBI's. Fisher again got the victory as she gave up seven hits but tallied six strikeouts.