April 25, 2007

Engineers' Offense Explodes for Season-Ending 11-8 Win Over Regis

April 25, 2007

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Junior Amanda Jason went 4-for-5 with three doubles and freshman Priscilla Army notched the first victory of her intercollegiate career, as MIT's softball team ended the season on a positive note with an 11-8 win over Regis College on Wednesday afternoon at Briggs Field. Leah Bogsted - normally a prolific starter - earned the first save of her three-year tenure in 2.1 innings of no-hit relief.

Though the game - which was a makeup from a contest that was postponed on Apr. 5 - was played at MIT, Regis served as the home team.

With the victory, Tech snapped a nasty losing streak and bumped its final record up to 2-24. The Pride fell to 6-25 with the loss.

Army (1-3) went 4.2 innings to earn the win, allowing just four hits but finding control an issue with a steady rain making for a slippery ball. The rookie from Pomfret, Conn., issued nine walks all told, while striking out two and surrendering eight earned runs. Bogsted was stellar in relief, allowing just two base-runners on a pair of walks while striking out five. Sophomore hurler Kristen Tavares (5-12) went the distance for Regis, allowing 11 runs (four earned) while notching three strikeouts.

The Engineers pounded out a season-best 15 hits to amass their 11 runs, also a season-high. Jason led the way with her 4-for-5 performance, while Amanda Poteet, Kasey Rowe, Holly Jeffrey and Lily Keung all pitched in with two hits apiece.

Tech wasted no time getting on the board in the top of the first, tallying five runs with the help of RBI singles by Keung and junior Kaitlyn McCartney. Poteet also earned an RBI by drawing a bases-loaded walk.

The Cardinal and Gray added a sixth run in the top of the second when rookie Chelsea Ostrander led off with a double, moved to third on a passed ball, then scored on a Jason groundout.

The Pride answered with a pair in the bottom of the third, as senior Melissa O'Donnell belted an RBI double to left before scoring on an errant throw back to the infield to cut the lead to 6-2.

However, MIT tacked on three more runs in the top of the fourth and two more in the fifth to stretch the lead to 11-2. Jason and Jeffrey picked up RBI hits to help the cause.

Regis showed some determination in the bottom of the fifth, however, plating six runs to severely cut into the deficit. The Pride was aided by five walks and run-scoring hits by junior Ashley Kiley and twin sisters Megan and Melissa O'Donnell. Melissa finished 2-for-3 with three runs-batted-in.

With Regis threatening to tie the game, Bogsted entered and shut the door, getting out of a two-out jam in the fifth before tossing scoreless sixth and seventh frames.