Engineers Win First Game against Babson in 10 Years

Sophomore Karly McLaughlin

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In a double header that was rescheduled due to rain on Friday afternoon, the MIT softball team faced New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe, Babson College, at home on Sunday afternoon. The Engineers fell to the Beavers in a close first game with a score of 2-1 but picked up a win the second with a score of 4-2.

This is the first time since 2003 that MIT has won a game against Babson, ending a 19-game winning streak in the series between the two teams. The Engineers are now 15-10 for the season and 5-5 in NEWMAC play, while the Beavers are 20-9 and 10-3 in conference action.

The score in the first game remained tied at 0-0 until the top of the fourth, when Lindsey Schmid scored off a single by Madison Dinaso. At the bottom of the fifth inning, MIT answered Babson's run with one of its own, when sophomore Kelly Wang (La Canada, Calif.), who was pinch running for classmate Karly McLaughlin (Edwardsville, Ill.), scored off a single by freshman Alex Burgess (Chelmsford, Mass.).

At the top of the seventh, Schmid scored her second run of the day off a sacrifice fly by Jackie Enos, giving the Beavers a slight edge. With the Engineers unable to get anyone on base at the bottom of the inning, the game ended with a Babson victory.

Freshman Alexandra Marshall (Glen Head, N.Y.) pitched all seven innings, allowing seven hits and two runs, while striking out three.

The Beavers wasted no time, scoring a run at the top of the first inning in the second game. It wasn't until the bottom of the fourth that MIT could respond, with a run scored by senior Anna Christensen (Vernon Hills, Ill.) following a single by classmate Leah Alpert (Needham, Mass.). With another Babson run at the top of the next inning at the hand of Catie Funk, the Engineers were, once again, trailing.

MIT offense came alive in the fifth inning, scoring three runs almost back-to-back. Burgess scored her first run of the day when Marshall reached first on an error. Marshall soon followed off McLaughlin's single and Christensen scored her second run of the game off a single by sophomore Ellie Fodor (Trenton, Mich.). The Cardinal and Gray held Babson to zero hits in the remaining two innings, ending the game in the seventh inning with a win.

Christensen was 2-for-3 with two runs, while Fodor was 1-for-2 with one RBI. Fodor was at the mound for all seven innings, allowing only five hits and two runs and striking out seven. She earned her ninth win for the season.

The Engineers will return to action on Wednesday, April 17 when they play an away double header against Springfield College at 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.