No. 19 MIT 3, Clark University 0
No. 19 MIT 4, Clark University 0
- Records: MIT (15-3, 7-3 NEWMAC); Clark University (5-13, 0-8 NEWMAC)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Briggs Field)
- The Lead: With two shutout wins against Clark University this afternoon, the No. 19 nationally-ranked MIT softball team broke the program record for most consecutive shutouts as the Engineers' streak now sits at five after coming away with a 3-0 victory in game one and a 4-0 win in game two today. The old streak of four came during the 2015 campaign from April 2 through April 6 that year.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- After MIT starter Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) worked her way out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the first, the Engineers responded by putting a run on the board in the bottom of the frame. Junior Jasmin Joseph (Woodland Hills, Calif.) notched a bunt single and stole second to move into scoring position. In the very next at-bat, senior Natalie Shifflet (Poway, Calif.) doubled to left center to bring home Joseph for the 1-0 lead.
- The Engineers added two more in the third and that was all they needed as a dominant pitching performance by Nasser shut down Clark's offensive attack. MIT loaded the bases in the third after senior Monica Shifflet (Poway, Calif.), N. Shifflet, and freshman Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas) all singled. Junior Zoe Hinton (Aurora, Colo.) lined an RBI infield single to third, plating M. Shifflet from third, and sister N. Shifflet also scored after a throwing error by the third baseman.
- Nasser returned to the circle to get the final 12 outs of the game allowing just four batters to reach base over that stretch. Her defense certainly helped her out, especially when the Engineers turned an excellent 5-4-3 double play to end things in the fifth. The sophomore struck out the final batter of the game as she improved to 7-2 this spring with her seventh complete game effort.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- N. Shifflet, Hinton, and M. Shifflet all went 2-for-3 at the plate in game one as part of MIT's nine hit effort. Joseph swiped her 12th base of the season and scored her team-leading 21st run of the spring.
- Nasser picked up the win (7-2) as she allowed just one hit, struck out five and walked five in a 119 pitch, complete game effort, while Clark starter Sami West moved to 2-4 as she yielded three runs (two earned), nine hits, one walk and four punchouts in six innings in the circle for the Cougars.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Much as they did in game one, early offense and an outstanding pitching performance secured the two-game sweep of Clark and the program record for most consecutive shutouts. With two outs in the first, Wist doubled to left center and Hinton earned a walk. In the next two at-bats, freshman Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) brought home Wist on an RBI single to right center and classmate Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) plated Hinton on an RBI single to center as the Engineers led 2-0 after one.
- The Engineers added one more in the fourth when Goetz scored on an RBI ground out to third by M. Shifflet. Goetz got into scoring position after leading off the frame by beating out an infield hit and then moved to second on her seventh stolen base of the season.
- MIT starter Deanna Delgado (Miami, Fla.) allowed just two batters to reach from the third inning on, retiring 12 of the 14 batters she faced during the stretch, which included perfect 1-2-3 innings in the fourth, fifth and sixth. The junior induced three ground ball outs in the final frame securing the shutout win and improving to 4-1 this season.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- In game two, M. Shifflet paced MIT's offense with a pair of RBI's from the ninth slot in the lineup and was aided by Von Ahn and Goetz, who both added single RBI's in the nightcap. The Engineers' eight hits came from seven different student-athletes highlighted by a 2-for-3 performance from Goetz.
- On the base paths, Joseph, Goetz and freshman Madi Pickett (Santa Barbara, Calif.) all stole one base.
- Delgado twirled her third complete game of the spring to improve to 4-1 as she allowed just two hits, two walks and struck out two with 74 pitches over seven frames, while Brenna Foley shouldered the loss (1-5) in three plus innings in the circle yielding three runs (all earned), four hits, two walks and one strikeout.
- MIT (15-3, 7-3 NEWMAC) is off until Friday when the Engineers host Coast Guard in a NEWMAC doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Briggs Field, while Clark (5-13, 0-8 NEWMAC) heads to WPI tomorrow for a conference twinbill starting at 3:00 p.m. in Worcester.