MIT Powers Past Softball For Doubleheader Sweep

MIT Powers Past Softball For Doubleheader Sweep

BOSTON, Mass.—Behind a seven RBI day from catcher Tori Jensen and some solid pitching, MIT (16-4) earned their first-ever sweep over UMass Boston softball (4-14) Monday afternoon at the UMB Softball Field. 

Jensen drove in four runs in the opener and three more in game two, to help MIT improve to 3-3 all-time against the Beacons.

UMass Boston was limited to 13 hits on the day, as they fell 7-1 in game one and 8-1 in the second contest.

Senior pitcher Michelle Zullo (Everett, Mass.) broke a tie with former teammate Kara Willis ('12) for the most appearances in UMass Boston program history, as Zullo toed the mound for the 72nd time in her career.

Game One: MIT 7, UMass Boston 1

Behind five strong innings from junior pitcher Ellie Fodor, MIT earned their second win in five all-time contests against the Beacons.

Fodor allowed one run on five hits and one walk and the Engineers scored the final five runs of the game to earn their 10th win over the past 12 games.

Jensen finished 2-for-4 with four RBI and Jasmin Joseph added three hits and three runs of her own for the Engineers.

UMass Boston managed six singles in the loss, with Samantha Hemstock (Northford, Conn.) recording the Beacons' lone run of the game. Sophomore Kelsey Cruse (Worcester, Mass.) recorded the Beacons' first hit for a pinch hitter this season, as she singled in the seventh inning.

In the circle, Kaera Wyse (Danvers, Mass.) allowed 11 hits and seven runs over seven innings. The freshman recorded four strikeouts in the contest and now has had at least four strikeouts in four of her past five appearances. 

MIT struck for two runs in the top of the third to take the lead for good. After the Engineers loaded the bases with two infield singles and a hit by pitch with one out, Jesen ripped a two-run single through the right side to plate Natalie Shifflet and Joseph to make it 2-0. 

UMass Boston responded with their only run of game one in the bottom of the inning. With runners on first and second and one out, Gia Raczkowski (Stoneham, Mass.) put down a sacrifice bunt down the first base line and Hemstock came all the way around from second base to score to make it 2-1.

The Engineers tacked on a third run in the top of the fifth inning thanks to some strong base running from Joseph. After she led off the inning with a single, Joseph stole second and moved over to third base on a groundout. Jensen followed with an RBI ground to the right side to make it 3-1 in favor of the visitors. 

MIT blew the game open in the sixth inning, as they struck for four runs on five hits and a walk. After a lead-off walk and a bunt single, Fodor helped herself with a two-run double to push the lead out to 5-1. Three batters later, Joseph belted a triple to right-center field to tack on another run. Jensen closed out the scoring with a single to the second base bag to plate Joseph and make it 7-1. 

Over the final two innings, UMass Boston managed just one hit against MIT freshman relieve Deanna Delgado.

Game Two: MIT 8, UMass Boston 1

Game two would be more of the same, as Jensen drove in the go-ahead runs and senior Alexandra Marshall handled the Beacons for five innings, before turning the ball over to Delgado.

Karly McLaughlin finished with three hits and a run scored, while Joseph tacked on three more hits and two RBI for the Engineers.

In the circle, Marshall struck out eight and scattered four hits and a run in five innings. Delgado came on and allowed three hits and no runs over the final two innings.

Sophomore Kayla Harris (Cumberland, Maine) went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI for the Beacons in her second collegiate multi-hit game. The left fielder led the Beacons with three total hits on the day.

Senior Lyndsey Capra added a double and a run scored for UMass Boston, as the Beacons were limited to 13 hits, with 11 of the them resulting in singles.

Zullo allowed 10 hits and five earned runs over seven innings, to fall to 2-6 on the year. 

Jensen opened the scoring for MIT in the top of the first, as the junior belted a two-run double to the wall in right-center field to plate Amanda Lee and Joseph.

The Engineers stretched their lead to 4-0 in the second, as Joseph ripped a two-run, two-out double.

UMass Boston answered with a pair of doubles of their own in the bottom of the second, to make it 4-1. Capra led off with a double into the right-center field gap and came into score with two down, as Harris found the gap in left-center field for her first career extra-base hit.

MIT blew the game wide open in the top of the fifth though, as the Engineers tallied four runs on four hits and three Beacons' errors.

UMass Boston would mount a rally in the sixth inning with two runners on and two outs, but the Beacons were called for runner's interference for the third out of the inning.

The Beacons will have a quick turnaround, as they travel to Keene, New Hamsphire on Tuesday for a Little East Conference twinbill against Keene State College starting at 3:30 p.m.