Wheaton Powers Past MIT in Pair of NEWMAC Contests

April 3, 2007

Box Score - Game 1
Box Score - Game 2

Courtesy Wheaton Sports Information

NORTON, Mass. - Wheaton College's softball team banged out 24 hits and stole 14 bases as the Lyons extended their winning streak to five games behind a pair of five-inning victories over MIT, 10-1 and 9-0, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Tuesday at Clark Field. Wheaton, which has won four straight via the mercy rule, improved to 13-9 overall and 5-1 in the league, while the Engineers fell to 1-11 and 0-4.

Lyons' senior Jessica DePolito and junior Alix Brozman each went 5-for-6 during the doubleheader, as DePolito had three extra-base hits and six RBI, while Brozman stole five bases in as many attempts. Each was key in the opener as the Lyons broke out on top with two runs in the first. Senior Nicole Lachance and Brozman both singled to lead off the game, and DePolito doubled them home one out later. Brozman also scored in the third to put Wheaton up, 3-0.

The Engineers attempted to jump-start a rally in the fourth inning, as junior Amanda Poteet launched MIT's first home run of the year to bring the visitors to within 3-1. However, the Lyons tallied seven runs on five hits and three errors in the bottom of the frame. Brozman had an RBI single, two steals and a run during the inning, while DePolito smacked a run-scoring double. Sophomore Brady Benton had an RBI double in the inning, while freshman Merry MacDonald also brought home a run.

Junior Jodi Moynagh, who tossed a perfect game on Sunday, struck out eight while walking two and allowing three hits in five innings to earn the victory for Wheaton. Poteet's home run ended Moynagh's streak of 20.2 innings without yielding an earned run. Brozman finished 3-for-3 with three runs and three steals, while DePolito was 2-for-3 with three RBI. Junior Erika Marini also doubled.

For MIT, junior Leah Bogsted took the loss after allowing only three earned runs in four innings on 10 hits while striking out four and walking none.

In the nightcap, Wheaton stole nine bases and recorded 14 hits. The Lyons started strong in game two with five first-inning runs on six hits and two errors. DePolito, junior Meredith Gorton and sophomore Stacey Kelleher each had RBI singles during the inning, while Benton provided a sacrifice fly. Three more runs came home the following inning, as Lachance led off with a double and later scored on Kelleher's single, and DePolito lined a two-run homer off the left field foul pole. It was her fifth home run in the last seven games. Benton plated the Lyons' final run in the fourth, as she stole home.

DePolito had another big game by going 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs, while junior Audrey Poulton added a 3-for-3 effort. DePolito is now alone in fifth in program history with 16 career home runs. Kelleher was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI, while Brozman and Gorton each had two-hit games. Benton and Brozman both stole two bags, while Lachance scored twice.

In the circle, freshman Andrea Bagley tossed her third shutout of the year for Wheaton after allowing four singles in five innings while striking out six and walking one. Poteet took the loss for MIT after allowing all nine runs, including eight earned, on 14 hits in four innings. She also went 2-for-2 at the plate.

The Cardinal and Gray will return to the diamond on Thursday, Apr. 5, when it will host non-conference foe Regis College at 3:00 p.m. The Lyons will return to action on Friday, Apr. 6, when they will host Babson College in an important early-season NEWMAC doubleheader. Second-place Wheaton faces the first-place Beavers, who won the last two league tournament titles.