April 19, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - The MIT softball team snapped a six-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory over Emmanuel College in non-conference action on Wednesday. Although the Engineers (4-18) tallied two more hits than the Saints (12-20), they equaled their season highs of three doubles and two triples in a game.
Emmanuel posted its only run in the top of the first. Whitney Howe led off with a single that dropped in behind third base. Katherine Palmer-Thompson later recorded a two-out double to centerfield that plated Howe.
Tech evened the contest in the bottom-half of the inning. Amanda Jason reached on a walk, moved to second on Corinne Vannatta's sacrifice hit, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. She then scored on Leah Bogsted's single up the middle. MIT extended its lead with a pair of runs in the fourth frame. Kaitlyn McCartney doubled down the leftfield line and Adrianne Hee picked up a two-out walk. Jason cleared the bases with a triple to right center.
The Engineers scored twice in their next at-bats, resulting in a 5-1 margin. Melissa Tanner hit a double down the right field line and then advanced to third on Texin's ground out to shortstop. Bogsted reached on a walk and immediately attempted to steal second. With both base runners trying to advance, Bogsted drew enough attention from the infield to allow Tanner to score. Following a strikeout, McCartney notched her second double of the game with another shot down the leftfield line that brought Bogsted home. In the bottom of the sixth, Hee led off with a triple to centerfield and Tanner hit a RBI single to right field, setting up the final score.
Jillian Medeiros, Stephanie Rege, Ashley Tomczak, and Jennifer Walsh each posted a hit for the Saints. In the circle, Lisa Donehey fell to 3-8 on the year as she scattered eight hits, walked five, and struck out two.
Tanner paced Tech by going 3-for-4 with a RBI and a run. McCartney went 2-for-3, also recording a RBI and a run. In addition to fanning nine batters and picking up her fourth win of the year, Bogsted totaled a hit, a RBI, and a run to help her cause.
The next game for MIT will be on Friday, April 21 when it travels to NEWMAC foe Clark University.