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Softball Starts Off With Solid Victories

Jiri Schindler--The Tech
Amber Crabbe '00, who pitched from the third inning in Tusday's game against Regis College at Briggs Field, makes a throw to first base. MIT lost 10-7.

By Joanna Garelick
team member

The women's varsity softball team opened its season with a 31 NEW 8 conference record, one of the best starts in recent years. Under new coaching and with nine new players in the lineup, the team has become more focused and better skilled.

A Florida spring training trip during Spring Break was the first opportunity to practice hitting and fielding outdoors and in game situations. With a win in the last game of the trip over Trinity College, a positive attitude, as well as the strong hitting of co-captain Sherry Mowry '98 and left fielder Ali Pearlman '00, prevailed.

In the first game of the year, the first half of a doubleheader against Babson College on March 29, pitcher Amber Crabbe '00 threw a no-hitter with the assistance of catcher Kim Murdoch '99. Crabbe and Murdoch led a strong defensive game, resulting in an 80 win for MIT, with the mercy rule ending the game in the fifth inning.

The second game was more of a battle, and the team walked away with their first loss by a close three-run margin.

The unexpected snow last week kept the softball season on pause until Saturday, when the team went to Mount Holyoke College. The strong hitting of team co-captain Joanna Garelick '98, Anna Cherubin '99, and Katie Barron '00 helped the team to walk away with two more wins and more importantly, a 31 conference record.

Tuesday's first non-conference game of the season, which was against Regis College, was the most difficult competition the team has faced since their Florida trip. The game was well played, despite a few defensive errors.

The combined pitching of Vicky Canto-Ponce '00 and Crabbe could not hold off the strong Regis offense. The team lost the game 107, but Kristy Stokke '99 showed her offensive power, going 2 for 3, with two triples, and knocking in two RBIs.

This weekend the team faces Wheaton College and Smith College. The team will then go on to meet Amherst College on April 16 at 3 p.m.