April 8, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - The MIT softball team's losing skid continued with a pair of losses to NEWMAC foe Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Friday. WPI took the first game of the doubleheader, 5-0. In the second game, WPI scored three runs with two outs in the top of the seventh inning for a 5-2 victory.
In the opening game, WPI (14-6-1, 3-3 NEWMAC) posted two runs in the first inning. A two-out walk by Meghan Kelly was followed by Nicole DeCampo reaching on an error. Brianna Daugherty was hit by a pitch, which loaded the bases. Shannon O'Connell hit a single, scoring DeCampo and Kelly.
The game remained scoreless until the top of the sixth when WPI tacked on three more runs. Kelly Head reached on a single and then stole second. After Amanda Solomon was hit by a pitch, Kristen Gervais singled to left field, scoring Head. Both base runners advanced one spot after a passed ball. Kelly loaded the bases by earning her second walk of the game. DeCampo knocked a single to left center, bringing home Gervais and Solomon.
On the mound, Kelly earned the win for WPI, as she struck out five and allowed four hits. MIT's pitching staff entered the game tied for the Institute record for strikeouts in a season (112), which was set last year. Leah Bogsted fanned nine batters, helping her squad surpass this mark.
In the second game, MIT's Amanda Jason led off with a single to center field. Amanda Poteet singled, but Jason was thrown out at third as she tried to advance from second. Cheryl Texin doubled to left center, scoring Poteet. MIT (4-14, 0-8 NEWMAC) extended its lead to 2-0 in the third inning. Jason singled to left center and Poteet reached on a fielder's choice. Texin blasted a triple to center field, which once again brought Poteet home.
MIT maintained its lead until the top of the fifth, when WPI scored a pair of runs with two outs. Lesley Bright singled up the middle and Head was walked. Solomon singled to centerfield, loading the bases. Gervais hit a two-RBI single up the middle to tie the game. In the bottom half of the inning, WPI made a pitching change, bringing in Kelly to replace Jennifer Parker. The move proved to be effective as Kelly struck out five and allowed one walk in three innings.
WPI's Head started the two-out game-winning rally with a single. She stole second and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Solomon reached on an error in center field and moved to second. Gervais hit a single which cleared the bases. Kelly helped her cause with a RBI-double.
Parker pitched four innings and allowed six hits. Bogsted recorded her second loss of the day, as she totaled eight strikeouts and eight hits. Offensively, Gervais led the way for WPI as she hit 3-for-4 with four RBI. For MIT, Texin and Jason each finished 2-for-3, with Texin recording two RBI.
The next game for MIT will be on Saturday, April 9 when it travels to NEWMAC foe U.S. Coast Guard Academy.