Powerful Pitching Pushes Wellesley Past MIT in NEWMAC Doubleheader
April 13, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Wellesley College received strong pitching performances from junior Jenna Harvey and sophomore Beej Grundlock en route to sweeping a doubleheader against New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rival MIT at Briggs Field on Friday afternoon. The Blue picked up a 3-0 victory in a hard-fought pitcher's duel in game one, before breaking out the bats for a 10-2 victory in the nightcap.
Harvey's 14 strikeout performance in the first game of the afternoon was the highlight, as the London, Ontario native allowed just two hits and walked none in the complete game effort, bumping her record to 9-3 on the season in the process. Her counterpart on the mound for game two, Grundlock, nearly matched her, going the distance while allowing just two earned runs, six hits and striking out nine. She moved to 2-1 with the win.
The first half of the twinbill saw both teams struggle to generate scoring chances in the early going, as Harvey and MIT junior Leah Bogsted squared off.
However, junior catcher Kara Wong led off the top of second inning with a double before advancing to third on a Harvey groundout. Freshman Alex Warren then delivered an RBI single to provide all of the offense that the Blue would need.
Warren was at it again in the top of the fourth inning, belting a triple to left center to bring Wong all the way around from first.
The Engineers finally broke through for a hit in the bottom of the inning, as junior Amanda Jason singled through the left side to break up the no-hitter. Amazingly, the base-hit came after Harvey had struck out 10 of the first 12 Tech batters.
Wellesley added its third and final run in the top of the sixth frame. Junior Alexandria Coari singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a passed ball, but was then gunned down at the plate by the combination of freshman leftfielder Lily Keung and shortstop Jason when she attempted to score on a Megan Wood single. However, Wood moved to second on the throw home and then reached third thanks to a wild pitch before Wong smashed an RBI triple to right field.
MIT junior Amanda Poteet doubled to start the bottom of the seventh, but was stranded at third.
Bogsted fell to 1-8 with the loss, despite an impressive showing on the mound. She tossed all seven innings, struck out seven, and walked one while allowing eight hits and three earned runs.
After being held in check in the first game, the nightcap saw the Wellesley offense explode for ten runs. The Blue was led by sophomore Amanda Tai, who went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs, Harvey, who belted a two-RBI triple, and Wong, who was 2-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored.
Wellesley grabbed an unearned run in the first inning before opening the game up with a four-spot in the top of the third. Warren began the scoring with an RBI triple before crossing the plate herself on an errant throw, while Tai drove in two with a single later in the inning.
MIT got one back in the bottom of the frame, thanks to a Melissa Tanner run-scoring single. Junior Joy Dunn began the inning with a walk, then moved to third on a Keung double. Tanner's single through the right side plated Dunn. However, the rally was killed when Poteet's hot-shot to third was converted into an inning-ending double play.
The Blue tacked on two more runs in the top of the fifth thanks to a passed ball and an Ashley Bulesco sacrifice fly, then grabbed two more in the sixth on Harvey's triple. Coari notched an RBI with a single in the top half of the seventh to conclude Wellesley's scoring.
The Cardinal and Gray did score one more run, thanks to another Tanner RBI single. Keung singled to lead off the inning before stealing second, then came around on Tanner's grounder up the middle.
Poteet took the loss for Tech, dropping to 0-6 in the process. She went the distance, allowing ten runs (eight earned) on ten hits while striking out five and walking four.
The Engineers will return to the diamond on Friday, Apr. 20, when they will host Clark University in a NEWMAC doubleheader beginning at 3:30 p.m. Wellesley will travel to Smith College on Saturday, Apr. 14, for a 1:00 p.m. conference twinbill.