CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT's softball team dropped a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) double header to Wellesley College on a sunny Saturday afternoon, falling 15-4 in the first game before narrowly dropping the second, 2-1. Tech dipped to 8-18 on the season and 5-11 in conference action, while the Blue improved to 24-9 and 15-3 in league play, clinching the regular season title and the top spot in the NEWMAC.
Junior Ellie Fodor (Trenton, Mich.) earned the loss in both games. She pitched 5.0 innings of the first game, allowing 12 hits and 11 runs and striking out six. In the second game, she pitched a full game, allowing nine hits and two runs, while striking out two batters. Fodor also scored MIT's lone run of the second game, going 1-for-3 with one run scored.
In the first game, all four of MIT's runs occurred in the bottom of the second inning. A double by freshman Monica Shifflet (Poway, Calif.) when the bases were loaded allowed fellow freshmen Ali Trueworthy (Rochester, N.H.) and Helen Rosenthal (Bethesda, Md.), and junior K.K. Wopat (Edwardsville, Ill.) to score. On a double by classmate Natalie Shifflet (Poway, Calif.), Monica Shifflet was able to make it home, giving her a one-run and three-RBI inning.
With a 4-0 lead heading into the top of the third, the Blue slightly lessened the gap when Mariah Philips singled and scored on an Ashtyn Coleman double, putting the first Wellesley run up on the board. With just one MIT hit in the bottom of the third, Wellesley took the lead with a five-run inning, giving it a 6-4 edge. With two scored in the top of the fifth and an impressive six runs in the sixth, the Blue were ahead 15-4 heading into the bottom of the sixth. All three Engineers were sat down in order, ending the game.
Although far fewer runs were scored in the second game, it was still a dramatic seven innings. Leadoff batter Coleman hit a homerun on the first pitch in the top of the first while, in the second inning, Emilyrose Havrilla led off by homering in the same fashion. Even though just one other hit occurred in those two innings, the Blue had a 2-0 lead over MIT right off the bat.
In the top of the sixth, Fodor doubled and, when Trueworthy flied out, she advanced to third and scored on an error by the right fielder. With the score at 2-1 and just one inning to go, the Cardinal and Gray held the Blue to just one hit in the top of the seventh, ending the inning quickly. The furthest MIT got in the bottom of the seventh was first base before Wellesley shut the inning down.
As that was MIT's final home double header of the 2014 season, the Engineers will play just four more games before the end of the regular season. On Monday, April 21, Tech will face NEWMAC rival Clark University in its final conference tilt, with games at 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. The following day, MIT will travel to Rhode Island to face Salve Regina University at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.