CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After five days in Florida for its annual Spring Break trip, the MIT softball team returned to Cambridge and to conference play with a pair of games against Babson College on Friday afternoon at Briggs Field. The Engineers dropped a pair of games, 10-4 and 12-3, to fall to 2-11 overall and 1-3 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play. The Beavers snapped a four-game skid to improve to .500 overall and in conference (9-9, 2-2).
Babson took game one behind a pair of solid offensive efforts from Jessica Pashos and Catie Funk, who each had three RBI's in the opener. Funk gave the Beavers a lead they would not relinquish with a three-run home run in the first while Pashos reached base in all five of her plate appearances, including three hits.
Tech used a three-run fourth to get back into the game, after falling behind early on. Keri Dixon reached base on an error in between doubles by Jessica Oleinik and Jenny Li, with Oleinik scoring on the second two-bagger. Dixon came home on Jessica Iacobucci's ground-out and Michelle Dion plated Li with a single to right to bring the Cardinal and Gray back within two runs at 5-3.
Babson struck back for five runs in the fifth, capitalizing on a pair of Tech errors to put the game out of reach. Pashos capped the big inning with a two-run, two-out double.
The Engineers tried to mount a comeback in the seventh, as Li and Iacobucci hit back-to-back singles but Christina Miquel, on in relief, struck out Leah Alpert and induced a game-ending foul out by Dion.
The Babson offense picked up where it left off early in Game Two, scoring a pair of runs in the opening frame. Pashos and Funk hit consecutive doubles and Nicole Latini tripled into the left-centerfield gap. Lisa Wojnar picked up two of her five RBI in the fourth with an inside-the-park homerun with Latini on base.
After a leadoff triple by Dixon in the home half of the fourth, Li provided a spark for the Cardinal and Gray with a monster blast over the centerfield wall. Li added to her program record total with the seventh round-tripper of her career.
After closing out the opener, Miquel earned the win in the nightcap, surrendering just five hits and three runs over five innings while striking out four.
Pashos finished her afternoon six-of-seven from the plate with three runs and three batted in. Jenny Li paced the Tech attack with a 4-for-5 effort, including four RBI and a pair of runs.
Both teams will return to action tomorrow afternoon, as MIT hosts Smith College in a doubleheader and Babson welcomes WPI, beginning at noon.