Game One – Wheaton College 4, No. 25 MIT 3 (Eight Innings)
Game Two – No. 25 MIT 3, Wheaton College 2
- Records: MIT (18-4, 10-4 NEWMAC); Wheaton College (15-13, 10-4 NEWMAC)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Briggs Field)
- The Lead: The MIT softball team, ranked No. 25 in the latest National Collegiate Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III National Poll, split a two-game set with Wheaton College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday afternoon at Briggs Field. The Lyons claimed the first game, 4-3, in eight innings before the Engineers stormed back to take the nightcap by a 3-2 final. Prior to the game, the Engineers honored seniors Monica Shifflet (Poway, Calif.), Ali Trueworthy (Rochester, N.H.), Helen Rosenthal (Bethesda, Md.) and Natalie Shifflet (Poway, Calif.) for the dedication to the MIT softball program over the past four years.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Engineers got on the board first in the opening inning as freshman Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas) brought junior Jasmin Joseph (Woodland Hills, Calif.) home on a bunt single. Joseph had reached base on a single down the left field line, stole second and moved to third on a ground out by N. Shifflet. Wist doubled MIT's in a very similar fashion as the first inning as she plated Joseph on a single to right center. Joseph reached base on a walk and swiped her 14th bag of the spring.
- The game would remain at 2-0 until Wheaton tied the contest with two runs of its own in the top of the seventh. Pinch hitter Jade Assad doubled home Danielle Cimino, while Shelbi Wilson singled through the left side to bring home Assad from third. Assad moved from second to third on a ground out by Jessica Cochrane.
- MIT attempted to walk-off with the game one win in the bottom of the seventh but pinch runner Sierra Rosenzweig (Anchorage, Alaska) was thrown out at the plate trying to give the Engineers the victory. The bases were loaded with two outs, but Wist lined out to shortstop, which sent the game to extra innings.
- In the top of the eighth using the international tiebreaker, Morgan Walsh used a sacrifice bunt to move Seifert to third. Emily Schlapak then walked and stole second and with two outs in the innings, Cimino singled through the left side to bring home both runners for the 4-2 lead. MIT tried to answer in the bottom half and was able to get one run when Rosenthal, who was placed on second to start the frame, scored when the Lyons threw the ball into right field on a ground out. It was Cimino that came back and got three straight outs to preserve the 4-3 road victory for the Lyons.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Wist drove in two of MIT's three runs in game one as she was 2-for-4 at the plate., while Joseph was 2-for-2 with two runs as the leadoff hitter and Trueworthy notched two hits on a 2-for-3 performance.
- Cimino earned the win for Wheaton (9-4) on eight innings as she gave up three runs (two earned), eight hits, walked four and struck out six, while MIT starter Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) shouldered the loss on eight innings, four runs (three earned), five hits, three walks and six strikeouts.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In game two, Wheaton registered two runs in the top of the third for an early 2-0 advantage. With runners on second and third, Mary DeMoura plated Alexis Havrilla on a sacrifice fly to left and Rebecca Seifert came across to score from third on an MIT throwing error.
- The Engineers answered with one run in the third and one in the fifth as game was even heading into the sixth. In the third, Joseph began the frame with a double down the left field line and moved third on a fielding error by the left fielder. N. Shifflet then brought her home from third on an unassisted groundout to first. Much as she did in the third Joseph got things started for the Engineers in the fifth as this time she tripled down the right field line. After Wheaton starter Allison Cox got the next two batters out, junior Zoe Hinton (Aurora, Colo.) singled to center to bring home Joseph and tie the game.
- MIT took the lead in the bottom of sixth when N. Shifflet plated freshman Madi Pickett (Santa Barbara, Calif.) on an infield single to shortstop. The Engineers loaded the bases after Pickett singled to right, M. Shifflet reached on a fielder's choice and Joseph earned a walk.
- Nasser returned to the circle in the seventh and shut down the Wheaton offense to give MIT the 3-2 win and the NEWMAC split. Nasser walked the leadoff hitter, but after Chloe Woodward was out on a sacrifice bunt, Seifert grounded out into a 5-3-6 double play to end the game.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Nasser bounced back in game two to earn the win (9-3) as she tossed a complete game giving up just two runs (one earned), four hits and two walks, while striking out three. Wheaton starter Allison Cox moved to 3-7 on six innings, 10 hits, three runs (two earned), one walk and two strikeouts.
- Joseph, Wist and freshman Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) all registered two hits for the Engineers in game two, while N. Shifflet picked up a pair of RBI's to lead the Engineers. Joseph's two hit performance came in the form of one double and a triple to get things started for MIT.
- MIT (18-4, 10-4 NEWMAC) hosts Simmons College for a non-conference doubleheader on Monday, April 17 beginning at 3:00 p.m., while Wheaton (15-13, 10-4 NEWMAC) heads to Smith College for a NEWMAC twinbill starting at noon next Saturday, April 21.