Dominant Pitching Leads No. 19 MIT To Two Game NEWMAC Sweep Of Smith

Junior Deanna Delgado
Junior Deanna Delgado

THE BASICS:

- Scores:

No. 19 MIT 8, Smith College 0 (5 Innings)
No. 19 MIT 5, Smith College 0

- Records: MIT (13-3, 5-3 NEWMAC); Smith College (6-14, 3-7 NEWMAC)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Briggs Field)

- The Lead: Two excellent pitching performances from sophomore Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) and junior Deanna Delgado (Miami, Fla.) aided the No. 19 nationally-ranked MIT softball team to a two-game shutout sweep of Smith College on Monday afternoon at Briggs Field. The Engineers defeated the Pioneers 8-0 in five innings in the opener and went on to blank them again in game two by a 5-0 final.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

Game One

- The Engineers struck early as they put one on the board in the first and one in the second for the early 2-0 lead. In the first, junior Jasmin Joseph (Woodland Hills, Calif.) led off with an infield single, stole her 11th base of the season to move to second and advanced to third on a groundout to the right side. Freshman Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas) pushed Joseph home on an RBI ground out to third, for her 12th RBI of the spring. In the very next inning, Joseph was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to take the 2-0 lead.

- MIT broke the game open in the fourth as the Engineers grew their lead to six on five hits. Sophomore Erika Anderson (Carlsbad, Calif.) lined an RBI double down the left field line, which plated freshman Sierra Rosenzweig (Anchorage, Alaska). Anderson was followed in the frame by Joseph, who roped an RBI single through the right side, Wist, who brought home senior Monica Shifflet (Poway, Calif.) on a hard hit ball to left and junior Zoe Hinton (Aurora, Colo.), who drove in Joseph on sacrifice fly to center.

- With a 6-0 lead after four, MIT scored two more in the fifth to end the game by an 8-0 final. Freshman Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) singled up the middle and stole second, Nasser drew a walk, and Anderson singled to center to load the bases. M. Shifflet reached on a fielder's choice, which scored Anderson after Goetz was out at the plate on the groundout, while Joseph secured the win for MIT with a single up the middle that brought home Anderson.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Joseph was 3-for-3 with three RBI's and two runs from the lead-off spot in the lineup, while Wist registered two RBI's and one hit as the number three hitter.

- Nasser improved to 6-2 with a two-hit shutout of Smith in game one as the sophomore struck out four and allowed just one walk. Nasser threw 71 pitches over five frames, 44 of which were strikes (61.9-percent). Smith starter Natalie Burchat (3-7) shouldered the loss on four and one-third innings, eight runs (all earned), 12 hits and one walk.

- Goetz led the way for MIT on the bases as she swiped two bags – her fifth and sixth of the season, while Joseph, Wist and Rosenzweig all stole one base in the opening game.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

Game Two:

- Three runs in the first and two in the fifth along with a one-hit shutout from Delgado in the circle secured the two-game sweep for MIT this afternoon. Delgado took to the mound in the top of the first and set Smith down 1-2-3, which included a pair of swinging strikeouts. The Engineers took advantage of the opportunity as Wist drove in senior Natalie Shifflet (Poway, Calif.) and Joseph after both reached to start the bottom of the frame. Goetz grew MIT's lead to three as she plated Wist on an RBI single down the right field line as the Engineers were ahead 3-0 after one.

- In the fifth, Hinton brought home pinch runner Helen Rosenthal (Bethesda, Md.) on a sacrifice fly to right field. Rosenthal, who ran for N. Shifflet, advanced the two bases on a double to left by Wist, who missed a home run by about six inches as the ball bounced back into play off the top of the wall. With two outs in the inning and Wist on third, Goetz sent a ball through the legs of the second baseman to make the score 5-0.

- In the top of the seventh, Delgado retired the side in order with some fantastic defense behind her. Freshman Madi Pickett (Santa Barbara, Calif.) made a leaping catch at shortstop for the first out, Delgado struck out the second batter and Kim Veldee (Kirkland, Wash.) dove back to the bag at first to beat the runner on a high throw to close the game with the one-hit shutout and two-game sweep of Smith.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Wist was 3-for-3 with two RBI's and two runs as the designated player from the third spot in the lineup, while Joseph and senior captain Ali Trueworthy (Rochester, N.H.) both added a pair of hits to the effort. Freshman Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) also registered her first collegiate triple on a well struck ball to left center in the bottom of the fourth.

- Delgado had control of the game right from the start as the only hit she allowed came on a single through the left side in the top of the second. From that point on the junior allowed six batters to reach, but none via a hit to wrap up an excellent outing in the circle. Delgado walked one and struck out a season-high six batters to improve to 3-1. Smith starter Rowan Turner yielded five runs (three earned), nine hits, one walk and four punchouts as her record moved to 3-7 this spring.

UP NEXT:

- MIT (13-3, 5-3 NEWMAC) is back in action tomorrow afternoon as the Engineers will host Clark University in a NEWMAC doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m. from Briggs Field, while Smith (6-14, 3-7 NEWMAC) heads to Amherst College on Wednesday for a non-conference twinbill beginning at 3:30 p.m.

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