Pitching Takes Center Stage as Softball Splits at MIT

Caroline Medino

Cambridge, MA --- WPI pitching did now allow an earned run on the day but had to settle for a road split on Friday with conference rival MIT.  Worcester's Engineers took game one 5-2 before MIT scored two in the bottom of the seventh to take the night cap 2-1. 

The hosts are now 8-16 on the season and 5-9 in NEWMAC play, while WPI is 22-9 and 9-6 in league action. 

In the first game, WPI scored three of its five runs in the first inning highlighted by a Kristin Gallagher (Coventry, RI) RBI triple and a Lauren DiFelice (Acushnet, MA) run-producing double.  The other two were scored in the top of the fourth via an Amanda Pierce (Ware, MA) run-scoring double and a Hope Shevchuk (Burlington, CT) RBI single giving the WPI Engineers a 5-0 edge over the MIT Engineers.

In the bottom of the fourth, K.K. Wopat (Edwardsville, IL) put Tech on the board when she singled, advanced to second on an error that allowed Helen Rosenthal (Bethesda, MD to reach first, and scored on a double by Ali Trueworthy (Rochester, NH) Rosenthal added the second run when she made it home on a single by classmate Natalie Shifflet (Poway, CA). 

For the remainder of the game, the Cardinal and Gray allowed just two hits. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Trueworthy singled and advanced to third on a single by fellow freshman Monica Shifflet (Poway, Calif.), but got left on base at the end of the inning. In the bottom of the seventh, each batter was sat down in order. 

Game two was a very different story. Both sets of Engineers played well defensively for the entire game, with neither team allowing more than two or three hits in the first four innings. In the top of the fifth, WPI broke the tie when leadoff batter Lindsay Gurska (Revere, MA) singled and made it to third on a Peirce single and a Shevchuk sacrifice bunt. She scored the first run of the game when Nicole McDonough (Abington, MA) flied out to left to register a sacrifice fly. 

Trailing by one run with less and less time to even the score, MIT entered the bottom of the seventh inning with nothing to lose. Rosenthal led off by reaching first on an error and advanced to second on a passed ball. Next up was Trueworthy, who singled and reached third on an error, allowing Rosenthal to score her second run of the day. When Shifflet was intentionally walked, loading the bases, Trueworthy scored the winning run on a wild pitch.

MIT junior Ellie Fodor (Trenton, MI) and WPI freshman Caroline Medino (Pompton Lakes, NJ) each earned a win and a loss in the circle today. 

MIT's final home doubleheader of the season will be played tomorrow, when Wellesley comes to town for games beginning at noon.  WPI entertains Babson in a key NEWMAC twinbill at the same time.

Release Courtesy MIT Sports Information