April 8, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Defensive miscues proved to be too much to overcome for the MIT softball team as the Engineers dropped both games of a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader to Babson College on Wednesday afternoon at Briggs Field. MIT committed six errors in game one and lost 10-4, before falling, 7-6, in the nightcap, a game shortened to six innings due to darkness.
In game one, Tech was able to get on the scoreboard first as Lily Keung led off for the hosts with a single and eventually scampered home on a wild pitch by Babson starter Danielle Liska. Babson would strike back in the second courtesy of Kayla Davis’ two-run single. Keung drove in another run for the Cardinal and Grey with a bases loaded infield single to tie the game in the bottom of the inning.
After regaining the lead with one run in the fourth, the Beavers broke things open in the fifth, scoring four runs on just two hits, aided by a pair of errors by the Engineers. MIT would score twice in the sixth but get no closer, as Liska retired the side in the seventh to secure the win.
Liska earned the complete game decision, allowing four runs on six hits while striking out six. MIT starter Jessica Iacobucci took the loss, although only two of the ten runs she allowed were earned.
Davis picked up three RBI for the Beavers, going two-for-four. Kaitlyn Clark scored three times for the visitors on two hits and a walk.
In the nightcap, Babson jumped out to an early, 4-0 lead after just three and a half innings. Morgan Sprague led off the second with a single, stole a base and advanced to third on a passed ball before scoring on Jess Winer’s RBI double. Another MIT error led to two more runs in the inning.
A pair of spectacular defensive plays by freshman catcher Katie Harrington helped limit the damage to just one run in the third. Harrington and Keung, playing centerfield, teamed up to cut down two runners at the plate in the frame.
Trailing 4-0 entering their half of the third, the Engineers rallied for five runs. The first eight hitters to come to the plate in the inning reached base, as Tech strung together five hits, including a two-run double by freshman Bensey Schnip, to take a 5-4 lead.
A catalyst of the Babson offense all afternoon, Davis tied the game in the fourth, coming home on a wild pitch by Jessica Oleinik. Two more runs in the fifth would prove to be the difference for the visitors, as the game ended after just six innings due to darkness.
Babson starter Caroline Barr picked up the win, allowing five runs in four innings of work. After her complete game win in the opener, Liska, came back for the save in game two, allowing just two hits and one run over the final two innings. Oleinik was the loser, surrendering seven runs on nine hits and four walks.
MIT travels to Wheaton for a pair of conference games on Friday, April 10 beginning at 3:00 p.m. Babson will play a NEWMAC doubleheader at Springfield on Friday as well.