April 18, 2008

MIT Splits at Clark

April 18, 2008

Box Score - Game 1
Box Score - Game 2

WORCESTER, Mass. - The MIT softball team split a pair of games in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball doubleheader at Clark University on Friday. The Cougars (18-10, 8-6 NEWMAC) won the opener, 13-0, in five innings but the Engineers (6-22, 2-12 NEWMAC) captured the nightcap, 5-2.

Clark kicked off the day by scoring three runs in the first inning and erupted for seven more in the third. The Cougars capitalized on two MIT errors and got RBI hits from Heather Warren, Chelsea Proulx, Lauren Blake, and Julie Parnell in the seven-run frame. The offense continued with three runs in the fourth on Darcy Kurashige-Elliott's eighth homerun of the season and a two-run single by Blake.

Melissa Traft tossed five innings of one-hit ball with three strikeouts to pick up the win. Parnell and Warren led Clark's attack, with Parnell tallying three hits and two RBI as Warren notched two hits and drove in three runs. Blake also contributed three RBI.

MIT's Lara Kostun broke up the no-hit bid with a single in the third inning. Jessica Oleinik surrendered 13 hits and struck out three in the circle.

In the second game, Lily Keung led off with a single and then stole second. Following a sacrifice bunt by Chelsea Ostrander that put Keung on third, she scored on Oleinik's fielder's choice.

Clark captured the lead with a pair of runs in the third inning. Parnell singled up the middle and later scored from third on Traft's hit to centerfield. Traft put the Cougars ahead by scoring on an error in leftfield.

The Engineers immediately responded with two runs in their next at-bats. Aubrey Tatarowicz doubled to leftfield and advanced to third when Holly Jeffrey reached on a fielder's choice. Kaitlyn McCartney cleared the bases with a single to centerfield to give MIT a 3-2 edge.

Clark threatened to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth with the bases loaded and one out. Undaunted, Leah Bogsted registered back-to-back strikeouts to get out of the jam.

MIT picked up a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Keung dropped a bunt and Ostrander reached on an error at third base. Oleinik moved the runners up with a sacrifice bunt before Keri Dixon sent a blast to right center to set up the final score.

Keung went 2-for-4 for the Engineers as Dixon and McCartney each registered a hit and two RBI. Bogsted tallied her fifth win of the season while striking out eight.