April 7, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The U.S. Coast Guard Academy defeated MIT, 16-2 and 14-5, in a pair of New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball games on Monday. The Bears improved to 9-16 overall and 4-6 in league play while the Engineers fell to 4-15 on the year and 1-7 in the NEWMAC.
Coast Guard wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as it posted four runs during the first inning of the opening game. Leanna Minton notched a lead-off single up the middle and then stole second and third before a single by Annette Boston brought her home. Several defensive miscues helped the Bears increase their lead during the first frame.
The visitors tacked on two more runs in the second inning but were held scoreless in the subsequent frame. MIT's offense came to life in the bottom of the third as it narrowed the gap to 6-1. Megan Kercher reached on a fielder's choice and later scored on Jessica Oleinik's single up the middle. Coast Guard responded by tallying five runs in the fourth and fifth innings to put the game out of reach. The Engineers posted the final run of the game when a sacrifice fly by Oleinik plated Kercher, who originally reached on a single up the middle.
Boston went 4-for-5 and totaled four runs scored and a RBI for Coast Guard. Minton turned in a 3-for-5 performance while compiling two runs scored and a RBI. Carin Sweeney had an efficient outing at the plate as she hit 3-for-4 and scored three runs. In her three at-bats, Courtney Wolf picked up two RBI and two runs scored. On the mound, Crystal Lee Coonan improved to 8-11 as she allowed six hits and struck out three in five innings.
Lily Keung, Chelsea Ostrander, Oleinik, Keri Dixon, Holly Jeffrey, and Kercher each recorded a hit for MIT. Oleinik earned a pair of RBI which both came on runs scored by Kercher. Oleinik took the loss on the hill, surrendering 14 hits while striking out four in 4.2 innings. Leah Bogsted picked up the final out of the game by fanning the only batter she faced.
In the nightcap, the Engineers got on the board with two runs in the first. Ostrander registered an infield single and then scored on Oleinik's double to left field. The Cardinal and Gray loaded the bases as Dixon was hit by a pitch and Bogsted singled back to Coonan in the circle. Kaitlyn McCartney drew a walk which brought Oleinik home.
Coast Guard countered with seven runs in the second inning, capped with a grand slam by Amanda Frederick to centerfield. MIT bounced back in the bottom-half of the frame with consecutive singles from Keung, Ostrander, and Oleinik to load the bases. Dixon doubled to centerfield and Oleinik scored on Bogsted's ground out to second base to narrow the gap to 7-5. This was as close as it would get as the Bears registered two runs in the third and sixth innings to go along with three in the fifth.
Boston hit 3-for-4 to go along with two RBI as Wolf went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Coonan earned her second win of the day, tallying 12 hits, two strikeouts, and two walks in six innings.
Dixon went 3-for-3 and earned two RBI as Oleinik was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI. Ostrander bolstered MIT's offense with a 2-for-3 performance including two runs scored. On the mound, Bogsted's ledger lowered to 3-7 on the year as she allowed 13 hits and struck out eight.
Both teams will continue action on Wednesday, April 9. MIT will host NEWMAC foe Babson College while Coast Guard will host Trinity College