Tech Softball Drops Two to Salve Regina

Sophomore Melissa Kreider
Sophomore Melissa Kreider

NEWPORT, R.I. – MIT's softball team fell in a non-conference double header to Salve Regina University by a score of 6-1 in the first game and 10-1 in the second. Tech dipped to 10-20, while the Seahawks improved to 18-15. The Engineers' record of 7-11 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play had them ranked ninth in the league.

Leading the way for MIT were sophomore Melissa Kreider (Branford, Conn.) and freshman Ali Trueworthy (Rochester, N.H.), who each scored a run in Tech's losses. Kreider was 1-for-3 with her one run, while fellow freshman Mackenzie Donnelly (Helena, Mont.) picked up one RBI. In the second game, Trueworthy also went 1-for-3, and it was junior Karly McLaughlin (Edwardsville, Ill.) who earned the RBI.

In the first game, the two teams were evenly matched until the bottom of the fourth, when Salve Regina scored three runs, two of which were on Lexi Soucie's double RBI single. MIT lessened the gap to two runs in the top of the next inning. Kreider led off by singling to the shortstop and advanced to second when fellow freshman Monica Shifflet (Poway, Calif.) also hit a single to the shortstop.

With a single by Trueworthy, the bases were loaded with just one out. On an RBI single by Donnelly, Kreider was able to make it home. Donnelly and Trueworthy were stranded on base at the end of the inning when a double play ended their chances of scoring.

Salve Regina was able to score one run in the fifth and one in the sixth, while holding the Engineers to just two hits in the remaining two innings.

Tech's sole run of the second game occurred in the top of the first. Trueworthy singled through the left side and advanced to second on a Donnelly single. The bases were loaded when sophomore Tori Jensen (Holliston, Mass.) reached first base on a fielder's choice, leaving runners on first and third with two outs. On a single by McLaughlin, Trueworthy scored.

In an inning that featured 13 batters, an impressive eight Seahwawk runs were scored in the bottom of the first to give Salve Regina an 8-1 lead just one inning into the game. Its remaining two runs were scored in the third inning. In the top of the third, freshman Natalie Shifflet (Poway, Calif.) doubled to center field, but was left on base following three quick outs.

MIT will wrap up the 2014 season on Tuesday, April 29 on the road, playing Tufts University at 3:00 p.m.