March 17, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Freshman pitcher Jessica Iacobucci threw seven shutout innings to help the MIT softball team to a season-opening win over Simmons College, 1-0, on Tuesday afternoon at Briggs Field. Making her collegiate debut, Iacobucci allowed just three hits while striking out 11. Her sixth-inning single would also result in the game’s only run. The Engineers won their season opener for the fourth time in five years; they defeated the Sharks on opening day last year, 11-10.
The game was a pitcher’s duel early on, as the teams combined for just five hits through the first four innings. Simmons (2-9) threatened a few times but was unable to capitalize, leaving a runner on third on two separate occasions. Stephanie Murray singled, stole second and advanced on a passed ball in the third. But Iacobucci struck out Annie Thompson and got Emily Nalband to fly to center to end the inning.
After leading off the sixth with a base-hit to right, Iacobucci was lifted for pinch runner Maia Bageant. A sacrifice bunt by Aubrey Tatarowicz moved Bageant into scoring position where she was driven home by Bensey Schnip’s game-winning single up the middle.
Iacobucci would strike out two more Sharks in the seventh to seal the win.
Courteney Collier struck out six, allowing just the one run on seven hits, to earn the loss.
The Engineers will now depart for a spring break trip, competing in the Gene Cusic Classic from March 22-27 in Fort Myers, Fla. MIT will compete against Potsdam State, Oberlin College and Colby College in the tournament.