April 6, 2005
Babson College Sports Information
BABSON PARK, Mass. - Alex Lazar doubled and scored in both the fifth and seventh innings to lead host Babson College to a thrilling 2-1 victory over visiting MIT in the opening game of a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon. The fourth-ranked team in New England, Babson (15-2, 3-1 NEWMAC) then completed the sweep with a convincing 11-2 win in game two.
In a tremendous game one pitching duel between Leah Bogsted and Meg Gaskell, MIT (4-10, 0-4 NEWMAC) jumped on the board first when Bogsted led off the third with a single, moved to second on an error, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt, and then scored on an illegal pitch. The Engineers held the 1-0 lead until the bottom of the fifth, when Lazar doubled to left-center and scored on a clutch two-out double to right by Gaskell.
After Gaskell retired six of the final seven batters she faced, Lazar ripped a double to left with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Lazar then stole third and attempted to score when catcher Cheryl Texin's throw trickled into left field. Left fielder Elizabeth Gillenwater backed up the play and made a strong throw to the plate, but Lazar managed to dislodge the ball from Texin's glove for the game-winning run.
Gaskell allowed one run on seven hits in the complete-game win for Babson, as she improved to 4-0 on the season. Bogsted pitched will in defeat, giving up one earned run on four hits while striking out five in 6 2/3 innings of work. The rookie also led the Engineers' offense with three hits at the plate.
Babson exploded out of the gate in game two, scoring 10 runs on eight hits and three MIT errors in the first inning. The Engineers scored unearned runs in the fourth and fifth innings, but it would not be enough to prevent the 11-2 Babson victory.