Softball Falls to Springfield in Season Finale
April 22, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - MIT closed its season with a pair of losses to Springfield College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball action on Saturday. The Pride (21-18, 9-7) took the opening game, 13-1, in five innings and then won the nightcap, 6-2. The Engineers finished the year with an overall record of 4-20 and a 2-14 mark in conference play.
In the first frame, Amanda Johansson hit a two-out single through the left side. Sarah Bagierek brought Johansson home with a double and then scored on Keir Stanford's single. Caitlin McGaughey recorded an inside the park homerun, giving Springfield a 4-0 edge. The Pride's offense exploded for nine runs on seven hits in the next inning.
MIT got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third frame. Adrianne Hee drew a two-out walk and then moved to second on Amada Poteet's single through the left side. An error on Amanda Jason's hit to leftfield allowed Hee to score.
Denise Fumicello and Bagierek both hit 3-for-4 and recorded two RBI. Jennifer Warnick went 2-for-3 and scored twice. In the circle, Stephanie Blackman picked up her 10th win of the year after facing seven batters in two innings of work. Amanda Miller closed the game, allowing two hits and striking out one.
Hee led the Engineers with a 1-for-2 performance, including a run and a walk. Katherine Bankert lost her second decision of the season and Leah Bogsted scattered six hits and fanned two batters in four innings.
Like the opener, Springfield scored in the first inning. Angela Atkins earned a walk and scored on Johansson's double to leftfield. Following a single by Bagierek and a strikeout, McGaughey's hit to centerfield plated Johansson. MIT answered with a run in the bottom of the second. Cheryl Texin posted a ground-rule double and then advanced to third on Bogsted's sacrifice hit. Corinne Vannatta picked up her first RBI of the day with a single.
The Pride extended its lead to 3-1 in the fourth. Keir Stanford led off with a single through the left side and later advanced to second on Kasey Calderone's sacrifice hit. Lauren D'Arrigo brought Stanford home on a single to right field. The Engineers responded in the bottom of the frame with a run of their own. Bogsted singled to shortstop and was awarded second on a throwing error. Vannatta plated her with a double to centerfield.
Springfield tacked on two runs in the sixth and added one more in the seventh to secure the win. Five different players recorded a RBI for the Pride. Bagierek posted another 3-for-4 hitting performance as Johansson, Stanford, and McGaughey each went 2-for-4. Samantha Rhodes collected her ninth win as she yielded six hits and struck out two in three and 1/3 innings. Blackman surrendered two hits and fanned two to close the game.
Texin and Vannatta each hit 2-for-3 for Tech. Bogsted received the loss in the circle, allowing 11 hits and one walk while striking out four.