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Softball Slides into Semifinals

By Joanna Garelick and Sherry Mowry
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The women's softball team finished their season with a difficult loss to Clark University in the semi-finals of the New England Women's Eight conference tournament.

Their conference final record of 59 was a vast improvement over last year, when the team had only two wins. The team's strong season play carried into the Clark match but was not enough to secure a victory in extra-inning play.

The team jumped to an early 20 lead in the first inning behind the strong offensive play of Sherry Mowry '98 and Kristy Stoke '99.

Clark was able to answer back in the bottom of the first with one run, but MIT did not quit as they extended their lead to 41 in the second inning with the powerful bats of Anna Cherubin '99 and Katie Barron '00.

Through the next three innings, the squad held off Clark's hard-hitting lineup, with impeccable defense behind the strong pitching of Amber Crabbe '00. But in the fifth, the Clark bats came alive and knotted the score at four.

With the game tied at the end of regulation play, an eighth inning began with the International Tie-Breaker Rule. This rule grants each team a runner on second base at the beginning of each extra inning. Clark was able to capitalize on this advantage and score the game winning run, to win the game 54.

Team avenges earlier Smith loss

Before making the semifinals, MIT had to beat one of the best teams in the league, Smith College, in order to advance. After a 10 loss to Smith during the regular season, the team was fired up to meet them in postseason play.

Again MIT jumped to an early lead by scoring a single run in the top of the third inning with the help of Sarah Davis '97. Davis continued a strong showing throughout the game with two more hits and errorless defense in center field.

In the fifth, Mowry punched a double into deep left field to drive Davis in from third base, increasing the lead to 20. The rest of the inning went quickly, despite one run collected by Smith in the bottom half.

In the sixth inning, MIT added a much needed insurance run when Cherubin scored from third on a passed ball. Smith added another run in the bottom of the seventh, and they threatened more.

MIT did not give in, and recorded the final out to end the seventh and another MIT-Smith one-run game, with a score of 32; this time with MIT as the victors. A strong hitting display was also put on by third baseman Cherubin who went three for four with two doubles.