Babson Park, MA --- The WPI softball team saw its season come to an end Wednesday after getting swept by MIT by scores of 2-1 and 8-2. The two wins helped MIT clinch a berth in the NEWMAC Tournament and kept WPI, who needed to win twice themselves, from qualifying for its second straight championships. The last time the MIT made it to the tournament was in 2005.
MIT's first run came at the bottom of the first inning of the first game when sophomore Sarah Van Belleghem (Los Gatos, CA) hit a double and then made it home off a double by freshman Tori Jensen (Holliston, MA). The score remained at 1-0 until the top of the fourth, when Lauren DiFelice (Acushnet, MA) posted a double putting her in scoring position. A single by Erin Beaulieu (Bethany, CT) plated DiFelice who scored WPI's only run of the game, tying the score at 1-1. Beaulieu accounted for three of WPI's six hits in game one.
At the bottom of the sixth, senior Leah Alpert (Needham, MA) singled, made it to second off a single by sophomore Kelly Wang (La Canada, CA) and made it home on an error by the pitcher. With only one WPI batter being able to make it on base in the final two innings, the game ended with an MIT victory.
Freshman Alexandra Marshall (Glen Head, N.Y.) earned the win for MIT, pitching all seven innings and allowing only six hits and one run, while striking out 13. Clare Doolin (Newton, MA) shouldered the loss pitching for six innings and striking out two.
MIT had a very strong second game, scoring eight runs in six innings. Van Belleghem, once again, started things off with a run in the first inning and was soon followed by Marshall and senior Anna Christensen (Vernon Hills, IL), giving MIT an early lead. Van Belleghem and Marshall would both go on to score again in the fourth inning and Christensen earned her second run of the day at the bottom of the sixth. Jensen earned her first run of the day in the fourth inning.
WPI's two runs came in the fifth and sixth innings. In the fifth, McDonough scored off a single by DiFelice and, in the sixth inning, Amanda Pierce (Ware, MA) scored an unearned run off a single by McDonough.
Senior Beaulieu went 3-3, while DiFelice and McDonough combined for five of the Crimson and Gray's 10 hits and both RBI in the nightcap. Christa Coscia (Lakeville, MA) pitched six innings and tallied four strikeouts. The senior finishes her season with 61 strikeouts for the Crimson and Gray.
*Story courtsey of MIT