SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The MIT softball team were eliminated from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament on Saturday afternoon with its loss to Wheaton College with a score of 4-1. Sophomore Kelly Wang (La Canada, Calif.) scored the lone run in the seventh inning.
The Engineers wrapped up their season with a record of 19-14, the most wins they have ever had since the 1984 season. The Lyons are now 25-15 and will continue tournament play tomorrow.
Wheaton scored its first run of the day at the bottom of the first inning when Emma Hart scored off a single by Jenna Rocha. At the top of the second inning, senior Leah Alpert (Needham, Mass.) singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Ellie Fodor (Trenton, Mich.), but the inning ended before Alpert could get much further. With two more Wheaton runs at the bottom of the third and another in the fourth, the Engineers were trailing 4-0.
At the top of the seventh inning, Wang was hit by the pitch and advanced to second on a wild pitch. She advanced to third on a single by Van Belleghem and made it home off a single by freshman Alexandra Marshall (Glen Head, N.Y.). Van Belleghem made it to third and Marshall was at second before the game ended.
Marshall went 1-for-2 with one RBI, while Wang went 0-for-1 with one run. Fodor was at the mound for the first 0.1 inning, allowing three hits and giving up one run, while striking out one batter. Marshall came in as relief and pitched the remaining 5.2 innings, allowing two hits and three runs, while striking out ten batters.