April 2, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT softball team opened NEWMAC play by splitting a doubleheader with Smith College on Saturday. The Pioneers posted a 5-0 shutout in the first game, while the Engineers (2-8, 1-1 NEWMAC) bounced back with a 4-1 victory.
Smith notched the first runs of the day in the second inning. Amber Bourque-Lay hit a double and then advanced to third on a passed ball. Following a strikeout, Bourque-Lay scored on an error at home plate. Taryn Pestalozzi was hit by a pitch and then was pinch-ran by Theodora Dworak. A bunt by Erin Quinn moved her to second and she later scored on an error at first base.
Tech threatened to get on the scoreboard in its next at-bat. Melissa Tanner posted a one-out single and then advanced to second on Helen O'Keefe's bunt. A walk issued to Adrianne Hee and a single by Amanda Jason loaded the bases. However, the inning came to a close with a ground-out back to the pitcher.
The Pioneers extended their lead in the bottom of the fifth with a pair of runs. Sarah Matari hit a lead-off single and scored on Kathryn Schoenen's double. The next two batters hit into a fielder's choice, but Sara Watson cleared the bases with a double. Despite a line-out, Smith carried the momentum into the next inning by tacking on its final run. Pestalozzi hit a one-double and then moved to third on a ground-out. She reached home on a passed ball.
Jason powered MIT's offense by hitting 2-for-3 while Leah Bogsted posted seven strikeouts, one walk, and allowed seven hits in six innings.
The Engineers opened the scoring with two runs in the third inning of the second game. Amanda Poteet hit a two-out double which was followed by a single from Hee. On the throw to first, Poteet advanced to third and then scored on an error by the catcher. During the melee, Hee moved to third base. Cheryl Texin reached on an error by the third-baseman, which allowed Hee to score. Tech's rally ended on a foul-out at third base.
MIT continued to attack in the next inning, but it emerged scoreless. Corrinne Vannatta and Tanner notched back-to-back singles. A sacrifice bunt from O'Keefe advanced both baserunners and Stephanie Brenman loaded the bases with a single. Kaitlyn McCartney replaced Vannatta as a pinch runner and a pitching change by the Pioneers led to a strikeout and ground-out.
Smith ended the shutout in the bottom of the fourth. Crystal Fryer led off with a single and then stole second. A RBI-double by Watson resulted in the Pioneers' lone run.
The Engineers added two more runs in the top of the seventh. Hee singled but recorded the first out on a fielder's choice by Texin. She moved to second on a passed ball and held her spot when Bogsted singled. A double-steal put both runners in scoring position. Tech capitalized on a passed ball, sending Texin home and Bogsted to third. Following a strikeout, Tanner posted single that scored Bogsted. A fly-out to second capped MIT's offensive effort.
The Pioneers tried to respond with a late rally that began with Watson's double. Emily Hiltzik's sacrifice bunt down the third-base line advanced Watson. Bourque-Lay reached on a walk, but Bogsted struck out the side to clinch the win.
Tanner paced the Engineers at the plate by going 3-for-4 including one RBI. Hee went 2-for-4 and added a RBI and a run. Poteet contributed two hits in four at-bats and a run as well. Bogsted totaled nine strikeouts, three hits, and two walks as her record improved to 2-7.