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Softball Loses, WinsIn Its Doubleheader Against Coast Guard

By Mindy Brauer

MIT Women’s Softball (3-12) split a rescheduled NEWMAC doubleheader on Sunday, falling 4-0 to Coast Guard (13-12) in the opening game, then rallying for a 9-3 victory in the rematch.

Coast Guard’s Stephanie Kimmel led off the first game with a double to center field, then moved to third on Jeannie Crump’s sacrifice hit. A single by Meagan Schoenhardt to right field plated Kimmel for Coast Guard’s first run. The Bears extended their lead in the second inning when Annette Boston singled to center field, stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error, and came home on a Erin Cullen signal.

The Bears scored their final two runs in the fifth inning. Karen Love led off with an infield single, which Kimmel followed with a walk. After Crump’s second sacrifice hit of the day advanced both base runners, a misplayed fly to right field allowed Love to score and put runners on the corners. Keely Balthrop’s single sent Kimmel home, setting up the final score of 4-0.

Coast Guard pitcher Colleen Perry picked up her sixth shutout of the season, finishing with nine strikeouts, one walk, and three hits.

Cheryl A. Texin ’06 led MIT with a 2-for-3 hitting performance, including a double in the bottom of the seventh. In five innings, Engineers pitcher Leah A. Bogsted ’08 struck out three, walked two, and allowed six hits and four runs. Backup pitcher Katherine C. Bankert ’09, who pitched the last two innings, gave up three hits and no runs.

As in the opening game, Coast Guard built a 2-0 advantage after two innings. Crump was the first baserunner of the game, after getting hit by a pitch. She moved to second on Schoenhardt’s single to left field and then scored on Balthrop’s hit to centerfield. Julie Miller loaded the bases with a single to leftfield, but MIT got out of the jam when third baseman Stephanie V. Brenman ’09 caught a low line-drive and stepped on the bag for an unassisted double-play. In the second inning, Cullen hit a one-out single to leftfield. She advanced Cullen to second on a throwing error, and scored on a throwing error.

MIT ended its runless streak in the bottom of the third, starting with a one-out single up the middle by Brenman. Following a fly-out, Amanda M. Jason ’08 tripled to right center, scoring Brenman. Adrianne H. Hee ’08 tied the match with a single to left center, driving in Jason.

After shutting down the Bears in the fourth and fifth innings, MIT’s offense exploded with four runs in the fifth. Melissa M. Tanner ’09 led off with a double to right center and moved to third on Jason’s sacrifice hit. Hee doubled to left and then came home on Texin’s triple to right center. Bogsted reached on an error that scored Texin, advanced to second on the throw home, and then moved to third on a passed ball. Corinne E. Vannatta ’08 blasted a double to center field that scored Bogsted and gave MIT a 6-2 lead.

The Engineers added three more runs their next at-bat, with Tanner singling up the middle to start the rally. Jason’s perfectly placed bunt allowed her to reach first safely. Hee hit a RBI single down the left field line, which was followed by a Texin single to right field that scored Jason. Bogsted brought her home with an RBI hit up the middle.

Coast Guard posted the final run of the day in the seventh inning when Love reached on an error and was awarded second base. Kimmel drove her in with a triple to right center.

Bogsted moved her record up to 3-11, and Perry’s record dropped to 12-9.