Softball takes doubleheaderBy Chris Kelley
Spring provided one of its best days for Saturday's doubleheader. In an unattended corner of Briggs' field, the softball team, on a roll after some early setbacks, was ready to do the same kind of damage to visiting Brandeis that it had performed on Emmanuel just two days earlier.
MIT did exactly that, adding two victories over the Judges to its tally of successes.
The opening game started slowly. The Engineers sent a string of high fly balls into the grateful hands of the opposition.
Brandeis came on strong at the top of the second. A loose foul ball and a long field shot put the Judges on the scoreboard, 0-2.
What was not possible on a day like this? Defeat, perhaps. But then, the day could hold another win for this MIT team that had not known much victory yet, if the players could hold together.
MIT's first swipe at the ball, from Louise Jandura G, was good for three bases, with some help from Brandeis errors. The second was worth two, driving the first run home. The third, a sacrifice fly, evened the score.
It was too early to call the contest, but the balance of power was clear. Brandeis fumbled too many MIT singles into doubles; the Engineers dominated both pitching and hitting.
But no more runs materialized, and MIT could not close down the game.
The top of the fifth arrived, and the Engineers led by a single run. A seemingly endless line of Brandeis batters approached the diamond with various versions of the same determined look.
Looser play by the MIT defenders and greater success in hitting Jandura's pitches let the visitors rack up an impressive seven runs in what seemed a particularly long inning.
Bitter tidings? Julie Brown '88 walked, and then a strike out.
There were no clouds for the sun to break through, but a turning point came when MIT finally got a clear shot through to the outfield, bringing the third run home and setting up runners on first and second.
Fate intervened in the form of a stunning error by the Brandeis shortstop in returning a ground ball from Mary Cox '86, which loaded the bases.
A second out, which brought in another run, cautioned against too much premature celebration, but the team seemed possessed with (justified) confidence.
Marjorie Bump '87 then brought home her teamates on second and third base. Coach Jean Heiney's earlier reminder that the team needed only six runs to tie the game seemed an understatement of the potential of the moment.
A walk and a single again set MIT up on all three bases. Brandeis' pitcher then delivered the coup de grace, serving up two consecutive walks and tying the game. The Judges escaped the inning without receiving further damage, but the tide had turned.
Out on the field, MIT stayed on top, stopping the visitors with a double-play, followed by another Jandura strike-out.
At the end, MIT held the victory, 10-9. It never really seemed that close. The Engineers played like a boxing champion that had to be lured out to fight, but was ready to punch back decisively.
Later in the day the team came out to do it all over again, defeating Brandeis, 10-4.