No. 19 Softball Earns Hard Fought NEWMAC Split With No. 20 Springfield

Senior Natalie Shifflet
Senior Natalie Shifflet

THE BASICS:

- Scores:

No. 20 Springfield College 9, No. 19 MIT 1
No. 19 MIT 1, No. 20 Springfield College 0

- Records: MIT (11-3, 3-3 NEWMAC); Springfield College (17-3, 6-2 NEWMAC)

- Location: Springfield, Mass. (Potter Field)

- The Lead: In a battle of two nationally-ranked teams, the No. 19 MIT softball team earned a hard fought split with No. 20 Springfield College on Saturday afternoon at Potter Field. The Pride took the first game by a 9-1 score, before the Engineers claimed the 1-0 win in the nightcap.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

Game One

- The Engineers got on the board first in the third inning when senior Natalie Shifflet (Poway, Calif.) drove in twin sister Monica Shifflet (Poway, Calif.) on an RBI single to left field. M. Shifflet reached on a fielder's choice before moving to second on a bunt single by junior Jasmin Joseph (Woodland Hills, Calif.) and to third on an error by Springfield's catcher.

- In the bottom of the fourth, MIT starter Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) was able to get the first two outs of the frame but a two-out miscue by the Engineers led the Springfield's nine runs in the inning. After the error, the Pride registered four hits and seven RBI's to take back the lead through four, 9-1. Springfield starter Talia Loda returned to the circle and set the Engineers down 1-2-3, which included a pair of strikeouts to preserve the win for the hosts.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- The top three hitters in the MIT lineup – Joseph, N. Shifflet and freshman Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas) – all registered one hit apiece in game one, while freshman Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) notched the second triple of the season during her at-bat in the top of the fourth.

- Nasser was handed the loss (4-2) as she allowed five hits, six runs (zero earned) and one walk to go along with two strikeouts. Both sophomore Amber VanHemel (Coconut Creek, Fla.) and junior Deanna Delgado (Miami, Fla.) came on in relief for the Engineers as well during game one. Loda improved to 10-0 in a five inning complete game as she scattered five hits, allowed one run (unearned) and struck out nine for the victory.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

Game Two:

- The second half of today's doubleheader was a pitchers dual 1-0 decision. Nasser bounced back for the complete game shutout in the night cap as she scatted six hits and struck out seven for her fifth win of the spring. The Engineers handed Loda her first loss of the campaign as one run was all it took as she yielded six hits, the one run, two walks and two punchouts in seven innings in the circle.

- The lone run of the game came in the top of the fifth after Joseph led off the frame with an infield single and a steal of second to get into scoring position. After moving to third on N. Shifflet's at-bat, Wist bunted the ball to drive in Joseph.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- From the leadoff spot, Joseph was 3-for-4  with one run, while N. Shifflet, Nasser and M. Shifflet accounted for the remained for MIT's hits in game two. Joseph also led the way with a pair of stolen bases as she is now 10-for-12 on the base paths this spring.

UP NEXT:

- MIT (11-3, 3-3 NEWMAC) hosts Smith College in a NEWMAC doubleheader on Monday, April 10 beginning at 3:00 p.m., while Springfield (17-3, 6-2 NEWMAC) travels to Smith tomorrow afternoon for a twinbill starting at 3:30 p.m.

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