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Softball Falls to Amcats, Puts Team 5-2 Overall

By Thomas Kettler
Staff Reporter

The MIT women's softball team lost Wednesday to the Anna Maria College Amcats, with a score of 10-3. The loss puts the team 5-2 overall and 4-0 in the conference.

The Amcats started the game with a bang, scoring four runs.

The leadoff hitter Tammy McCale singled. Sarah Head followed with a walk. The pitcher Molly McHale followed with a single that scored Tammy McCale and allowed Head to go to third. Molly McHale then stole second on a return throw from the Engineers' catcher Isela Villanueva '97 to pitcher Colleen Kaiser '94.

Andrea Heldenbergh walked to load the bases. Andrea Thompson reached on a error by MIT's center fielder Dionne Chapman '94, scoring both Head and Molly McHale. After a pop-up, Tara D'Ambra hit a ball to MIT's shortstop Christine Jones '95, but Jones could only throw out D'Ambra, moving Heldenbergh to third and Thompson to second. A wild pitch scored Heldenbergh for the final run of the inning.

Anna Maria continued to score in the second inning.

After two outs, Head singled. She stole second and scored on McHale's triple to right. McHale scored when right fielder Christine Polek '96 overthrew to third baseman Stacey Dozono '97.

The Engineers finally scored in the fourth inning. With one out, Kaiser reached on an error by the Amcats' shortstop. After the second out, Jones singled and Kaiser took third. McHale then threw a wild pitch scoring Kaiser and sending Jones to second. After this, MIT had the bases loaded with two outs but could not score any more runs.

In the fifth, Anna Maria got that run back. Heldenbergh singled to lead off the inning and stole second. She took third on Thompson's grounder to Jones, the shortstop. Heldenbergh stole home on a 1-0 pitch when her large lead induced a throw to third by the catcher Villanueva. Jones prevented further scoring with a double play.

In the sixth, the Amcats scored yet again. After one out, Holly Lawless singled. After a McCale single brought Lawless to third, Lawless scored and McCale took second on an MIT error by Sarah Davis '97. Head then doubled, scoring McCale before two groundouts ended the threat.

The Engineers almost scored in the same inning. With two outs, Jones doubled and Dozono walked. However, a pop-up ended the threat.

In the top of the seventh, Anna Maria scored its tenth and final run. Thompson led off with a single. Stephanie Fay then singled to right sending Thompson to third. After the ball was returned infield to first basemen Naomi Stone '96, Fay induced Stone to throw to second base. The throw allowed Thompson to score and Fay was safe on the throw. However, Fay was left stranded at second.

In the bottom half of the inning, MIT scored two runs but this was not enough.

With one out, Davis singled. Rama Chiruvolu '95 then singled, and Davis went to second. Chapman then singled to left field. Davis went home and was just safe since the Amcats' catcher Heldenbergh failed to make a tag.

Chiruvolu and Chapman both advanced on the throw home. Kaiser than grounded out to the pitcher, but Chiruvolu scored on the play and Chapman went to third. A pop-up to Anna Maria's second baseman ended the game.

Head Coach Joe Quinn said, "We're a better team than the way we played. We have some great players. Chrissy Jones is a tremendous shortstop. The second baseman [Chiruvolu] is a terrific leadoff hitter. I have tremendous respect for the pitcher [Kaiser]."

He was optimistic about the possibility of winning the New England Women's Eight Conference saying "It is winnable.'' However, Quinn said that the team has already played against its easier competitors, and the tougher games are coming up.