CLERMONT, Fla. - On its final day in Florida on spring trip on Wednesday, the MIT softball team dropped its game to Buffalo State University, 9-0, before falling to Kalamazoo College by a 4-1 decision. The Engineers end their stay in the Sunshine State with a record of 3-7.
In the first inning of the Buffalo State game, sophomore Alexandra Marshall (Glen Head, N.Y.) struck out three of the first five batters, not allowing any of the Bengals to make it beyond second base. Buffalo State scored five of its nine runs in the second inning, while the remaining four were scored in the fourth.
Freshman Ali Trueworthy (Rochester, N.H.) was the first of the Engineers to make it on base, singling in the second inning and advancing to second off a single by classmate Mackenzie Donnelly (Helena, Mont.). Both were left on base, however, at the end of the inning. A similar situation would occur just two innings later, when Trueworthy was walked and Donnelly was hit by the pitch, settling on first and second once again before the inning ended.
MIT's lone run of the day was scored by freshman Natalie Shifflet (Poway, Calif.) at the top of the third inning of the game against Kalamazoo, the inning after the Hornets scored their first run of the game. Megan Malish started by tripling and was driven home when Grace Mathieu doubled to left field.
At the top of the next inning, Shifflet singled up the middle and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Trueworthy. When Marshall walked, Shifflet stole second and was sent home when junior Sarah Van Belleghem (Los Gatos, Calif.) reached first on an error by the right fielder and advanced to second on the throw.
Kalamazoo scored one run in each of its next two innings, starting at the bottom of the third, when Dana Page walked, stole second and scored off an Emma Patrash single. In the fourth inning, Mathieu reached on an error, advanced to second and scored an unearned run off a double by Patrash. In the final inning, Donnelly singled to center field, but the two batters after her struck out, ending the game before she could advance any further.
Tech will have one day off from games before returning to Boston to continue the 2014 season. MIT will open New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Friday, March 28 when it plays Babson College on the road at 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. The following day, the Engineers will face another conference rival, Smith College, with games starting at Smith at 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.