April 3, 2013

Engineers Win Ninth Straight Game After Defeating Suffolk

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT softball team defeated Suffolk University in its double header on Wednesday afternoon with a score of 5-1 in the first game and 12-2 in the second. This is the first time since 1999 that the Engineers have had a win against the Rams. MIT are now 11-4 for the season after having won the last nine games in a row.

In both games, Suffolk got on the board in the first inning, but MIT never trailed for long. At the bottom of the second inning in the first game, sophomores Ellie Fodor (Trenton, Mich.) and Kelly Wang (La Canada, Calif.), and freshman Alex Burgess (Chelmsford, Mass.) all scored off a single by Burgess, giving the Engineers an easy lead.

At the bottom of the fourth, a double by junior Sarah Van Belleghem (Los Gatos, Calif.) allowed Burgess to score her second run of the game and, a single by freshman Alexandra Marshall (Glen Head, N.Y.) sent Van Belleghem home as well. Because MIT defense did not allow any more runs from the Rams, the game ended at the top of the seventh with a score of 5-1.

Burgess was 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI, while Van Belleghem was 2-for-4 with one run and two RBIs. Fodor earned her sixth win of the season with her 7 innings at the mound, allowing only three hits and one run and striking out an impressive 15 batters.

In the second game, Burgess started things off with a run at the bottom of the third, tying the game at 1-1 after Nicole Rosa scored the Rams' first run in the first inning. MIT offense came alive at the bottom of the fourth, where 11 runs were scored by eight different Engineers. Fodor, Wang and sophomore K.K. Wopat (Edwardsville, Ill.) each scored two runs apiece, while Burgess, freshman Melissa Kreider (Branford, Conn.), senior Anna Christensen (Vernon Hills, Ill.), Van Belleghem and senior Leah Alpert (Holliston, Mass.) each scored once.

At the top of the fifth, with the bases loaded, Sarah Chasse scored Suffolk's second and final run, ending the game with a score of 12-2. Burgess was 3-for-3, with two runs and two RBIs, while Wang and Wopat were both 2-for-3 with two runs. Van Belleghem tried her hand at pitching, earning her first win of the season after allowing only four runs and one hit and striking out six in four innings. Marshall took over for the final inning, allowing two hits, one run and striking out two.

MIT will play in its first away game of the season on Friday, April 5 when it faces Wellesley College at 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.