April 15, 2009
NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—After pushing the tying run across in the top of the seventh to force extra innings, the MIT softball team exploded for 10 runs in the ninth to win game one of a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader, 16-7, at Smith College on Tuesday. The Engineers fell in the nightcap, 10-4, in a game that lasted just six innings due to darkness.
The Cardinal and Grey struck first in game one, as Katie Harrington singled with one out in the third, stole second, and eventually came home on a double-steal. Pitcher Jessica Iacobucci was able to help her own cause with an RBI single in the frame, scoring Lily Keung. Keung and Kaitlyn McCartney added a pair of RBI in the fourth and Harrington scored her second of four runs in the game, as Tech opened up a 4-1 lead.
Five singles and a hit batsmen would lead to four runs for Smith in the fifth, giving the Pioneers their first lead of the game at 5-4. Iacobucci would pick up another key RBI in the seventh, as Keung scored the tying run to extend the contest.
The teams traded runs in the eighth before MIT’s offensive outburst secured the win in the opener. Iacobucci and Jessica Oleinik each drove in runs in two separate plate appearances during the scoring run.
Iacobucci earned her fifth win of the season, going all nine innings in the circle while allowing just five earned runs on 14 hits. The freshman also struck out five without walking a batter and added five hits and four RBI at the plate. Keung was five-for-six from the leadoff spot, scoring three runs and driving in two more.
In the second game of the day, Tech fell behind early and was unable to overcome a seven-run deficit, eventually falling in six innings.
Smith put three runs on the board in each of the first two innings, which would prove to be enough support for pitchers Erin Quinn and Emily Hiltzik, who combined to hold the Engineers to just four runs on six hits. Aubrey Tatarowicz led off the fourth with her first career homerun, one of the few offensive bright spots in the losing effort.
Oleinik took the loss for MIT in game two, surrendering eight earned runs on 12 hits over five and one-third innings.
The Engineers will play six games over the next six days to wrap up their regular season, beginning with a pair of contests at Wellesley on Wednesday, April 15. The first pitch of game one is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.