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Softball Slugs Past Emmanuel 6-1, Scoring Five in Last Three Innings

By Mindy Bauer

The MIT softball team snapped a six-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory over Emmanuel College in non-conference action on Wednesday. Although the Engineers (4-18) only outhit the Saints (12-20) 8 to 6, they matched their season highs of three doubles and two triples in a game to power their offense.

In addition to fanning nine batters and picking up her fourth win of the year as a pitcher, Leah A. Bogsted ’08 got a hit, an RBI, and a run. For Emmanuel, Lisa Donehey fell to 3-8 on the year as she scattered eight hits, walked five, and struck out two.

Emmanuel posted its only run in the top of the first. Whitney Howe led off with a single that dropped in behind third base. Katherine Palmer-Thompson pushed her across with a two-out double to centerfield.

The Engineers quickly evened the contest in the bottom half of the inning. Amanda M. Jason ’08 reached on a walk, moved to second on a sacrifice hit by Corinne E. Vannatta ’08, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. She then scored on single up the middle by Bogsted.

MIT extended its lead to 3-1 with a pair of runs in the fourth inning. Kaitlyn G. McCartney ’09 doubled down the left field line and Adrianne H. Hee ’08 picked up a two-out walk. Jason then cleared the bases with a triple to right center.

The Engineers added another pair of runs in the fifth. Melissa M. Tanner ’09 hit a double down the right field line and then advanced to third on Texin’s ground out to shortstop. Bogsted reached on a walk and immediately attempted to steal second. With both base runners trying to advance, Bogsted drew enough attention from the infield to allow Tanner to score. Following a strikeout by Stephanie V. Brenman ’09, McCartney notched her second double of the game with another shot down the leftfield line that brought Bogsted home.

MIT got their sixth and final run in the bottom of the sixth when Hee led off with a triple to centerfield and Tanner hit a RBI single to right field.

Jillian Medeiros, Stephanie Rege, Ashley Tomczak, and Jennifer Walsh each got hits for the Saints.

Tanner paced Tech by going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run. McCartney went 2-for-3, also recording an RBI and a run.