April 15, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - In the first-ever meeting between the MIT and Wellesley College softball programs, Wellesley came out on the winning end of a NEWMAC doubleheader on Friday. Wellesley took the first game, 1-0, and followed up with an 11-0 five-inning victory.
In the opening game, MIT (4-18, 0-12) threatened to get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth when Amanda Jason led off with a walk. Cheryl Texin reached on an error and Jason moved to second. Carly Saylor's sacrifice bunt advanced both runners a base. Leah Bogsted picked up the second walk of the inning, loading the bases. A fielder's choice and ground out got Wellesley out of the inning.
The game remained scoreless until the top of the sixth. A one-out single by Meghan Sullivan was followed by Kara Wong reaching after being hit by a pitch. Sullivan was picked off in her attempt to steal third, but Wong advanced to second on the throw. Ariel Knight doubled down the left field line, scoring Wong.
On the mound, Allie Fox earned the win for Wellesley (18-7, 7-3 NEWMAC) as she allowed only two hits. Bogsted struck out six and surrendered seven hits in the loss.
Wellesley carried its momentum into the second game, scoring two runs in the opening inning. Christine Sodaro led off with a single to left field. Lisa McDonald reached on an error and advanced to third while Sodaro scored. Wong reached on a fielder's choice, however due to an interference call against MIT, McDonald was awarded home plate. Wellesley extended its lead to 3-0 in the third frame. With one out, Sullivan doubled to left field and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Knight hit a two-out single down the left field line to score Sullivan.
The Engineers attempted to end the shutout in the bottom of the inning. Lara Kostun hit a single to right field with one out. A ground out by Elizabeth Gillenwater advanced Kostun to second. A single by Amanda Poteet to centerfield put runners on the corners. A ground out to shortstop ended the scoring threat.
Wellesley tacked on another run in the next inning. Melissa Irvin hit a one-out single to second base. Despite a line out to shortstop, Irvin was allowed to advance to second due to an interference call against the Engineers. After stealing third, she scored on McDonald's single to shortstop.
Wellesley's offense exploded in the fifth inning as it tallied seven runs. Knight sparked the rally with a single. Alexandria Coari and Kathleen Biggins reached on two consecutive errors, loading the bases. A third defensive miscue allowed Knight and Coari to score. A pop up was followed by an error in left field, clearing the bases and allowing Sodaro to reach and then advance to second. McDonald hit a RBI single and then scored on a triple by Sullivan. Wellesley returned to the top of the order as Wong posted a single that scored Sullivan. MIT got out of the inning by picking off Wong at second.
Kristie Gola received the win, as she struck out four and allowed four hits. Bogsted picked up her second loss of the day after surrendering 10 hits in five innings of work.
The next game for MIT will be on Friday, April 22 when it hosts NEWMAC foe Clark University.