Engineers Drop Pair of Games to First Place Coast Guard
April 17, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--Courtney Wolf hit her league leading 11th and 12th homeruns and freshman Hayley Feindel pitched nine scoreless innings over two games to help Coast Guard sweep the MIT softball team in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader on Friday at Briggs Field. The Bears took game one, 9-0, before winning the nightcap, 11-1. With the losses MIT falls to 6-19 overall and 3-11 in conference play. Coast Guard improves to 30-2 and remains unbeaten in the NEWMAC at 13-0.
The Cardinal and Grey got into trouble in the third inning of game one, as three errors opened the door for four runs by the visitors in the frame. Amanda Frederick picked up an RBI during the run with a single up the middle that scored Annette Boston.
Coast Guard added three more in the fifth on a pair of RBI doubles. Becky Miller plated two runs with her hit to left-centerfield. Jamie Kim followed that with a ground-rule double to score Miller. Wolf would add a run in the sixth with her first round-tripper of the day.
Tech managed just one hit off Feindel, who threw the complete game shutout. Jessica Oleinik took the loss for the hosts, surrendering three earned runs on eight hits.
Coast Guard's offense was equally effective in the second game, as the Bears scored at least two runs in each of the first four innings. Frederick helped lead the way, going four-for-four with four RBI and two runs scored. Wolf's second homerun came in the first inning of game two.
MIT starter Abby Van Hook lasted just two and one-third innings, giving up eight earned runs on 10 hits. Oleinik helped stop the bleeding, allowing just three hits and no earned runs over the final two and two-thirds.
Feindel retired the first nine hitters she faced before being replaced by Nicole Black, who worked the final two innings for the win.
With the two wins, Coast Guard clinches at least a share of the NEWMAC regular season title. The Bears can clinch the title outright when they host Springfield tomorrow at 12:00 p.m.
The Engineers will conclude their season on Monday, April 20 with an afternoon doubleheader at WPI beginning at 12:00 p.m.