April 11, 2007

MIT Swept by Babson in NEWMAC Twinbill

April 11, 2007

Box Score - Game 1
Box Score - Game 2

Courtesy Babson Sports Information

BABSON PARK, Mass. - Senior tri-captain Alex Lazar went 5-for-6 with three RBI to lead the Babson College softball team to a doubleheader sweep of NEWMAC foe MIT on Wednesday afternoon. The Beavers (17-10-1 overall, 6-2 NEWMAC) won game one by a score of 7-2 and then defeated the Engineers (1-18 overall, 0-10 NEWMAC) in game two, 10-2, in five innings.

MIT took an early 2-0 lead against Babson first-year Danielle Liska in the opener, scoring single runs in the first and third innings courtesy of two fielding errors. Junior Amanda Poteet singled to center with two outs in the opening frame, moved to second on a wild pitch, then scored when fellow junior Amanda Jason's single was misplayed. In the third, freshman Kasey Rowe belted a leadoff double, then scored when junior Leah Bogsted's base-hit was also mishandled.

However, the Beavers tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the third, as Lazar doubled in one run and fellow senior tri-captain Darcy Lantz singled in the other. Babson put the game out of reach in the fourth, scoring five times to take a commanding 7-2 lead. Senior tri-captain Andrea Cartullo knocked in two with a double to left, sophomore Kaitlyn Clark plated two more with a triple to right, and Lazar capped the inning with an RBI single to right.

That would be more than enough for Liska, who settled down to pitch seven strong innings, giving up two runs on six hits while striking out five. The win improved her record to 7-3 on the season. Lazar finished the game 4-for-4 with two runs batted in, while senior Sarah Rubino added a pair of hits and scored a run for the Beavers.

Poteet (0-5) took the loss on the mound for MIT, tossing all six innings and allowing five earned runs, while also pacing the Engineers at the plate with two hits and a run scored. The junior from Grass Valley, Calif., leads the team with a .310 batting average and seven RBI.

Babson took the lead in the first inning of game two, as Lazar singled in Cartullo, who had led off the game with a double down the left field line. MIT then answered with two runs in the top of the second, as junior Holly Jeffrey singled to right to drive in first-years Priscilla Army and Chelsea Ostrander to give the Engineers a 2-1 lead.

For the second straight game, Babson put the contest out of reach with one big inning, as the Beavers erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the third to build an 8-2 cushion. Senior Robyn Woodruff highlighted the outburst with a two-run double to center, while sophomore Courtney Thurston recorded a pair of RBI singles in the inning. First-year Michelle Bolduc and junior Jess Cohen also drove in runs in the third for the Beavers, who then received an RBI double from first-year Brittney Russo in the fourth and a solo home run from Cartullo in the fifth to finish off the 10-2 victory.

Despite battling early control problems, senior Stacy Schlicht went the distance on the mound to earn the win for Babson. In five innings, the veteran right-hander allowed two runs on five hits, walked two and struck out three as she evened her record at 4-4 on the year. Thurston led the offense with a 3-for-3 performance, while Cartullo and Bolduc each added two hits.

Jeffrey recorded two of MIT's five hits in defeat, while Bogsted (1-7) shouldered the loss on the mound. She allowed nine earned runs in 4.1 innings, while walking four and striking out three.

The Engineers will return to action on Friday, Apr. 13, when they will host another conference foe, Wellesley College, in a doubleheader at Briggs Field starting at 3:30 p.m. Babson will also battle a NEWMAC rival that same day, when it travels to Worcester to take on WPI in a twinbill at 3:30 p.m.