April 9, 2006

MIT, Coast Guard Split Doubleheader

April 9, 2006

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - In a rescheduled NEWMAC softball doubleheader on Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy won the opening game, 4-0, while MIT rallied for a 9-3 victory in the nightcap. After this weekend's action, the Bears' record moved to 13-12 overall and 4-5 in conference play as the Engineers' ledger became 3-12 on the year and 2-5 in the NEWMAC.

Stephanie Kimmel doubled to centerfield in the first at-bat of the game and then moved to third on Jeannie Crump's sacrifice hit. A single by Meagan Schoenhardt to right field plated her for Coast Guard's first run. The Bears extended their lead in the second inning when Annette Boston singled to centerfield. She stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error. Erin Cullen's single to shortstop brought her home.

Coast Guard tacked on two more runs in the fifth frame. Karen Love led off with an infield single, which was followed by Kimmel earning a walk. Crump's second sacrifice hit of the day advanced both base runners. A misplayed fly to right field allowed Love to score and put runners on the corners. Keely Balthrop's single sent Kimmel home, setting up the final score.

Cullen and Love powered the Bears' offense with 2-for-3 hitting while Balthrop went 2-for-4 including a RBI. Schoenhardt recorded two RBI as Colleen Perry picked up her sixth shutout of the season. She finished with nine strikeouts and allowed one walk and three hits. Cheryl Texin led MIT with a 2-for-3 hitting performance, including a double in the bottom of the seventh. In five innings, Leah Bogsted notched three strikeouts and two walks while scattering six hits. Katherine Bankert faced nine batters and gave up three hits during the last two innings.

Like the opening game, Coast Guard built a 2-0 advantage after two innings. Crump was the first baserunner of the game, reaching after being hit by a pitch. She moved to second on Schoenhardt's single to leftfield and then scored on Balthrop's hit to centerfield. Julie Miller loaded the bases with a single to leftfield, but MIT got out of the jam when third baseman Stephanie Brenman caught a low line-drive and stepped on the bag for an unassisted double-play. In the second inning, Cullen hit a one-out single to leftfield. An error on Love' advanced Cullen to second. She then scored on a throwing error from Kimmel's infield hit.

Tech evened the contest in the bottom of the third when Brenman hit a one-out single up the middle. Following a fly-out, Amanda Jason tripled to right center, scoring Brenman. Adrianne Hee cleared the bases with a single to left center.

MIT's offense exploded with four runs in the fifth inning. Melissa Tanner led off with a double to right center and moved to third on Jason's sacrifice hit. Hee doubled to leftfield and then came home on Texin's triple to right center. Bogsted reached on an error that scored Texin, advanced to second on the throw home, and then moved to third on a passed ball. Corinne Vannatta blasted a double to centerfield that scored Bogsted and gave MIT a 6-2 lead.

The Engineers added three more runs in their next at-bat, with Tanner singling up the middle. Jason's perfectly placed bunt allowed her to reach first safely. Hee hit a RBI single down the leftfield line, which was followed by Texin's single to right field that scored Jason. Bogsted helped her cause with a RBI hit up the middle that brought Hee home.

Coast Guard posted the final run of the day in the seventh inning when Love reached on an error and was awarded second base. Kimmel plated her with a triple to right center. Kimmel and Balthrop both hit 2-for-4, collecting two and one RBI, respectively. Perry received the loss as her record fell to 12-9.

Hee and Texin each went 3-for-4 with two RBI apiece as Tanner hit 2-for-4 and scored two runs. Jason had a solid outing, tallying three hits in all three at-bats, two runs, one RBI, five putouts and two assists. In the circle, Bogsted improved to 3-11 on the year.

The next game for MIT will be on Monday, April 10 when it travels to WPI for the second game of its doubleheader.