Lee’s Homer Helps Softball to NEWMAC Sweep of Babson

Sophomore Amanda Lee
Sophomore Amanda Lee

BABSON PARK, Mass. – Much as it did yesterday against Williams College, MIT used a pair fantastic pitching performances from their aces and timely hitting to sweep Babson College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball doubleheader at Alumni field on Friday afternoon. The wins extend the Engineers streak to seven straight and they have now won ten of the last 11 contests. 

Game One: MIT 2, Babson 1

In the top of the sixth, sophomore Amanda Lee (Saratoga, Calif.) registered her first home run of the season and second of her career, breaking the 1-1 tie and securing the first of two wins on the day for the Engineers.

MIT senior Alexandra Marshall (Glen Head, N.Y.) pitched another complete game gem for MIT as she improved to 6-4 allowing one run (earned), four hits, zero walks and striking out seven. Babson sophomore Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.) was handed the loss (6-5) on seven innings pitched, two runs (both earned), zero walks and four punch-outs.

Babson got on the board in the bottom of the opening frame as the Beavers snapped Marshall's 17-inning scoreless streak dating back to March 24 against UW-Oshkosh in Clermont, Fla. After sophomore Samantha Smith (Hillsborough, N.J.) led of the game with a single to left, junior Leslie Moore (Atkinston, N.H.) singled her home for the 1-0 advantage. Smith advanced into scoring position on a ground out to first by freshman Annie Quine (Santa Monica, Calif.).

Reilly kept the MIT bats quiet until the top of the fourth when Lee crossed the plate as the tying run. She began the frame with a leadoff double and moved to third on a fly out to right field by senior Tori Jensen (Holliston, Mass.). With the infield back, freshman Kim Veldee (Kirkland, Wash.) grounded out to second allowing Lee to score, tying the game 1-1.

Lee then stepped to the plate with two outs in the sixth and drilled the ball over the left field fence for the 2-1 lead. Marshall came back to the circle and retired the final six batters of the game, sealing the opening game for MIT. 

Game Two: MIT 2, Babson 0

Just as the first game of the afternoon was, game two was also a pitchers dual staying scoreless until the top of the seventh. MIT freshman Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) earned her second win in as many days (2-1) with a six inning shutout, five hit, one strike out performance, while Reilly, who started the first game for Babson took the loss (6-6) allowing two runs (both earned), six hits and two walks for the Beavers over seven innings in the circle.

Babson had a chance to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, after the Beavers had runners on first and second. Senior Maya Lacy (East Mill Creek, Utah) lined a single to left, but freshman Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.), who was trying to score from second base, was gunned down at the plate on a beautiful throw from left field by freshman Amber VanHemel (Coconut Creek, Fla.), keeping the game scoreless.

Neither team could get on the board, until the Engineers put together a rally in the top of the final inning. Veldee began the seventh with a single through the left side and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by VanHemel. Freshman Erika Anderson (Carlsbad, Calif.) then came to the plate and quickly singled to right center, plating the go ahead run in junior Helen Rosenthal (Bethesda, Md.), who pinch ran for Veldee.

Anderson then came across to score the all-important insurance run on wild pitch, making the score 2-0. Marshall then came on to close the game for the Engineers in the bottom half of the frame. The senior notched a pair of strikeouts, securing the win and her second save in as many days.

Both teams return to action tomorrow in NEWMAC doubleheaders. MIT (11-5, 4-0 NEWMAC) travels to Smith College for 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. start times, while Babson (10-8, 1-3 NEWMAC) heads to Wheaton College for a pair of games starting at 12:00 p.m.