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Pride Softball Dominates Engineers, Outscoring MIT 19-3 in Doubleheader

By Mindy Bauer

MIT closed its season with a pair of losses to Springfield College in NEWMAC softball action Saturday The Engineers finished the year with an overall record of 4-20 and a 2-14 mark in conference play. The Pride (21-18, 9-7) took the opening game 13-1 in five innings and then won the nightcap 6-2.

In the first inning of the first game, Amanda Johansson got the Springfield Pride started with a two-out single through the left side. Sarah Bagierek brought Johansson home with a double and then scored on Keir Stanford’s single. Caitlin McGaughey recorded an inside the park homerun, giving Springfield a 4-0 edge.

The Pride’s offense exploded with nine runs on seven hits in the next inning, making the score 13-0.

MIT got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third frame. Adrianne H. Hee ’08 drew a two-out walk and then moved to second on a single by Amanda N. Poteet ’08 through the left side. A Springfield error allowed Hee to score.

The Pride’s Denise Fumicello and Bagierek both hit 3-for-4 and recorded two RBI. Jennifer Warnick went 2-for-3 and scored twice. In the pitching circle, Stephanie Blackman picked up her 10th win of the year after facing seven batters in two innings of work. Amanda Miller closed the game, allowing two hits and striking out one.

Hee scored the only run for the Engineers, hitting 1-for-2, including a run and a walk. Backup pitcher Katherine C. Bankert ’09 lost her second decision of the season, allowing the first ten runs. Leah A. Bogsted ’08, who relieved Bankert in the second inning with no outs, scattered six hits and fanned two batters in her four innings.

Like the opener, Springfield had an early start, scoring in the first inning of the second game. Angela Atkins earned a walk and scored on Johansson’s double to leftfield. Following a single by Bagierek and a strikeout, McGaughey’s hit to centerfield plated Johansson.

MIT answered with a run in the bottom of the second. Cheryl A. Texin ’06 posted a ground-rule double and then advanced to third on Bogsted’s sacrifice hit. Corinne E. Vannatta ’08 picked up her first RBI of the day with a single.

The Pride made the score 3-1 in the fourth. Stanford led off with a single through the left side and later advanced to second on Kasey Calderone’s sacrifice hit. Lauren D’Arrigo brought Stanford home on a single to right field.

The Engineers responded in the bottom of the fourth with a run of their own. Bogsted singled to shortstop and was awarded second on a throwing error. Vannatta drove her in with a double to centerfield.

Springfield tacked on two runs in the sixth and added one more in the seventh to secure the win. Five different players recorded RBI’s for the Pride. Bagierek posted another 3-for-4 hitting performance as Johansson, Stanford, and McGaughey each went 2-for-4.

Pride pitcher Samantha Rhodes collected her ninth win as she yielded six hits and struck out two in three and a third innings. Blackman surrendered two hits and fanned two to close the game.

Texin and Vannatta each hit 2-for-3 for MIT. Bogsted received the loss for the Engineers, allowing eleven hits and one walk while striking out four.