CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – April 19, 2008 - A second game rally fell short in extra innings as the MIT softball team dropped a doubleheader to Springfield College, 5-1, 6-5, in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference action on Saturday. The Pride improved its season ledger to 23-13 and 11-5 in conference play, while the Engineers fell to 6-24 and 2-14 in the NEWMAC.
Springfield, which has won 14 of its last 16 games, including six straight, will thus be the #3 seed in next week's NEWMAC post-season tourney. Junior lefthander Samantha Rhodes (Mendon, Mass.) won her 9th and 10th straight decisions with her two victories today. She won four games in less than 24 hours, and is now 17-4 on the season.
Trailing 5-2 in the second game, MIT rallied for three runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. It all started when Jenny Li doubled to left field, and Lily Keung followed with a single to the pitcher, as Li advanced to third. Chelsea Ostrander delivered an RBI double to left-center, and Jessica Oleinik tripled in two more to the right-center gap to tie the game.
However, the Cardinal and Gray fell short in the eighth inning when Danielle Spiro (South Windsor, Conn.) doubled to centerfield, after Michelle Wlosek (Nutley, N.J.) led off the frame with a two-bagger. Though Leah Bogsted retired the next three hitters, Tech could not capitalize in the bottom of the frame.
The Pride opened the scoring with two runs in the first when Wlosek doubled to right center, scoring Jessica Hillman (Seymour, Conn.), who walked. Wlosek then scored on a pair of passed balls.
MIT retaliated in its half of the frame when Keung singled to right and advanced to second on a sacrifice by Ostrander. After an out, Keri Dixon was hit by a pitch, before Aubrey Tatarowicz tripled in both runners to tie the game.
Springfield went ahead in the third when Wlosek singled in Denise Fumicello (Brockton, Mass.), who walked and advanced on a sacrifice and ground out.
The Pride added to its lead in the fifth on an RBI single by Hillman, as the visitors added another run on a miscue to make it 5-2.
Wlosek went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored, while Fumicello also scored a pair of runs while going 2-for-3.
Keung 2-for-4 with and crossed twice, while Ostrander went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored for MIT.
In the first game, Springfield piled on all its runs in the first three innings. Wlosek doubled in one in a two-run first, while two more came across on errors in the second. Wlosek again doubled in the third and eventually scored on an infield hit by Shanda Kogut (Preston, Conn.). The Engineers could only plate one against Pride hurler Rhodes, who allowed only two hits, while improving her personal mark to 16-4 at the time. Rhodes surrendered the run in the seventh when Bogsted drilled a single down the right field line. Lara Kostun had the only other hit for MIT.
Wlosek went 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Kogut went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored. Angela Atkins (East Haddam, Conn.) went 2-for-5 and also scored a run.
Springfield will host a make-up doubleheader on Monday (Apr. 21) against Keene State at Potter Field at 3:30 pm.