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Softball Struggles With Runs, Loses 3

By Mindy Brauer

A strong performance by Erica Bailey in the circle and at the plate helped Tufts University to win 3-1 over MIT in softball action on Tuesday. Bailey hit 4-for-4, including two RBI, and fanned 10 batters while scattering five hits. With the win, the Jumbos improved to 19-10 on the year while the Engineers fell to 3-18.

Alison Drobiarz of Tufts posted a single in the game’s first at-bat and then moved to second on a sacrifice hit from Annie Ross. Following a walk issued to Danielle Lopez, Bailey hit a two-out RBI single that plated Drobiarz and put runners on the corners. Samantha Kuhles’ single scored Lopez and gave Tufts an early 2-0 lead.

The Jumbos tacked on another run in the third inning. Megan Cusick hit a one-out triple to center field and then crossed the plate on Bailey’s single to left field.

MIT ended the shutout in the bottom of the sixth. Amanda M. Jason ’08 singled, advanced to second on a hit by Leah A. Bogsted ’08, and then moved to third on the throw. Cheryl A. Texin ’06 singled down the right field line to bring Jason home for the Engineers’ lone run.

Drobiarz bolstered Tufts’ offense by notching a hit in all three of her at-bats. Jason paced Tech with a 2-for-3 outing and Texin went 1-for-2 with an RBI. Bogsted picked up the loss for MIT while striking out five and allowing 12 hits. On the year, her record stands at 3-17 while Bailey’s ledger was raised to 3-4.

Softball drops two to Babson

Babson College capitalized on several MIT defensive miscues en route to a 9-1 victory in the opening game of a NEWMAC softball doubleheader and another win by the same score in the six-inning nightcap last Wednesday. With the wins, the Beavers improved to 19-6 on the year and 7-2 in conference play. The Engineers’ ledger dropped to 3-15 overall, 2-8 NEWMAC.

In the first game, Darcy Lantz of Babson posted a single and advanced to second on an error in the opening frame. She then scored on Meghan Gaskell’s double to left center. Babson tacked on another run in the second inning after Jess Cohen reached on an error, was moved over on a sacrifice bunt by Robyn Woodruff, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Jess Bryn’s groundout to second base.

Tech retaliated in the bottom-half of the second inning when Texin received a lead-off walk. A bunt by Bogsted moved her into scoring position and a single up the middle by Corinne E. Vannatta ’08 brought Texin home.

In the third inning, the Beavers extended their lead again. Andrea Cartullo reached on an infield single and Lantz was walked. Gaskell then loaded the bases with another infield single and Erica Barry scored Cartullo with a sacrifice bunt. Babson broke the game open in the fifth inning by scoring a pair of runs and then added three in the sixth, and one in the final inning.

Gaskell hit 5-for-5, including two doubles, and posted a pair of runs and two RBI for the Beavers. She also earned the win by striking out nine and allowing five hits. Barry went 2-for-3 and totaled two runs and two RBI.

In the second game, despite loading bases with no outs, Babson came away scoreless at the end of the first inning when MIT converted back-to-back fielder’s choices and grabbed a pop-up.

The Beavers opened the scoring in the third when Cartullo registered an infield single, advanced to third on Lantz’s ground-rule double, and crossed the plate on Gaskell’s single through the right side. Babson came alive beginning in the fourth inning with three runs, followed by four in the fifth, and one in the sixth.

The Engineers got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth. Texin led off with a walk and Kaitlyn G. McCartney ’09 was awarded first after being hit by a pitch. Helen C. O’Keefe ’09 grounded out to first base but moved both runners into scoring position. Then Katherine C. Bankert ’09 walked, loading the bases, and an error on a Stephanie V. Brenman ’09 infield hit gave Texin enough time to reach home.

Gaskell had another strong performance at the plate, finishing 3-for-4 with three RBI. Lantz went 2-for-3 with a RBI and a run. Lazar hit 2-for-4 and recorded two RBI as Byrn and Kaitlyn Clark tallied three and two runs, respectively. Stacy Schlicht fanned seven in four innings of work while Byrn struck out two and scattered three hits to close the game. For MIT, Bogsted picked up her second loss of the day as she shared pitching duties with Bankert.