April 12, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - Babson College capitalized on several MIT defensive miscues en route to a 9-1 victory in the opening game of a NEWMAC softball doubleheader and another win by the same margin in the six-inning nightcap on Wednesday. With the wins, the Beavers improved to 19-6 on the year and 7-2 in conference play. The Engineers' ledger dropped to 3-15 overall and 2-8 in the NEWMAC.
Darcy Lantz posted a single and advanced to second on an error in the opening frame. She then scored on Meghan Gaskell's double to left center. Babson tacked on another run in the second inning after Jess Cohen reached on an error, was moved over by a sacrifice bunt by Robyn Woodruff, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Jess Bryn's groundout to second base.
Tech ended the shutout in the bottom-half of the inning when Cheryl Texin received a lead-off walk. A bunt by Leah Bogsted moved her into scoring position and Corinne Vannatta's single up the middle brought Texin home.
For the third consecutive inning, the Beavers extended their lead. Andrea Cartullo reached on an infield single and Lantz was walked. Gaskell then loaded the bases with another infield single and Erica Barry plated Cartullo with a sacrifice bunt. Babson broke the game open in the fifth inning by scoring a pair of runs and then added three in the sixth, and one in the final stanza.
Gaskell hit 5-for-5, including two doubles, and posted a pair of runs and two RBI for the Beavers. She also earned the win by striking out nine and allowing five hits. Barry went 2-for-3 and also totaled two runs and two RBI.
Despite having the bases loaded and no outs in the first inning of the second game, Babson came away scoreless as MIT converted back-to-back fielder's choices and grabbed a pop-up to end the threat. The Beavers opened the scoring in the third fame as Cartullo registered an infield single, advanced to third on Lantz's ground-rule double, and crossed the plate on Gaskell's single through the right side. Babson's bats came alive in the fourth inning as it tallied three runs, followed by four in the fifth, and one in the sixth.
The Engineers got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth. Texin led off with a walk and Kaitlyn McCartney was awarded first after being hit by a pitch. Helen O'Keefe's ground out to first base moved both runners into scoring position. Katherine Bankert's walk loaded the bases and an error on Stephanie Brenman's infield hit gave Texin enough time to reach home.
Gaskell had another strong performance at the plate, finishing 3-for-4 with three RBI. Lantz went 2-for-3 with a RBI and a run. Lazar hit 2-for-4 and recorded two RBI as Byrn and Kaitlyn Clark tallied three and two runs, respectively. Stacy Schlicht fanned seven in four innings of work while Byrn struck out two and scattered three hits to close the game. For MIT, Bogsted picked up her second loss of the day as she shared pitching duties with Bankert.
The next game for MIT will be on Friday, April 14 when it travels to Wellesley College.