April 22, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - The MIT softball team picked up its first NEWMAC wins of the season by defeating Clark University, 1-0 and 2-1, on Friday. Playing in the final home games of her career, Carly Saylor posted the game-winning hit in the opener and scored both runs in the second game.
MIT's bats dominated in the first game, as it out-hit the Cougars, 8-5. Clark (9-17, 2-12 NEWMAC) threatened to get on the scoreboard in the top of the seventh when Kelly Christensen reached on an error. Following a strikeout, Lauren Ackein singled to shortstop. Allison Ventrice grounded out to second, which put both runners in scoring position. MIT hurler Leah Bogsted got out of the inning by tallying her 11th strikeout of the game.
In the bottom of the inning, Amanda Jason hit a lead-off double to left field for the Engineers (6-18, 2-12). Cheryl Texin singled, putting runners on the corners, and then stole second. Saylor hit a single which brought Jason home.
Bogsted earned her fourth shutout as she scattered five hits and walked only one batter. For Clark, Lindsay Demers threw 4.1 innings while Kelly Christensen finished the game and picked up the loss.
In the second game, MIT took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning. Saylor hit a lead-off triple and then Bogsted grounded out which allowed Saylor to make a run for home. The throw from first arrived in time, but Ackein lost control of the ball as Saylor charged towards the plate.
Clark tied the game in the next inning. A single by Ackein was followed by a sacrifice bunt from Julie Parnell. Ventrice then hit a RBI single to left field.
The Engineers took the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth. Saylor posted a two-out double and then scored on a single by Bogsted to right field.
The Cougars continued to fight in their last at-bats. After a pair of strikeouts, Ventrice singled to center field. Julie Muszalski reached on a throwing error, which advanced the runners to second and third. As in the previous game, Bogsted struck out the side for the win.
On the mound, Heather Warren totaled four hits, three walks, and one strikeout in the loss. Bogsted allowed five hits and fanned eight batters.
MIT will close the regular season on Saturday, April 23 when it travels to NEWMAC foe Springfield College.