MIT 6, William Paterson University 3 (Eight Innings)
No. 17 Moravian College 7, MIT 5
- Records: MIT (3-1), William Paterson (1-3), Moravian (2-2)
- Location: Tucson, Ariz. (Lincoln Park Complex)
- The Lead: On the second day of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III Leadoff Classic in Tucson, Arizona, the MIT softball team defeated William Paterson University, 6-3, in eight innings this morning before falling just short to No. 17 Moravian College, 7-5, this afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED vs. William Paterson:
- Tied at 3-3 after seven full innings, MIT pushed three runs across the plate in the eighth to win its third straight game in Arizona by a final score of 6-3. With Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) on second base with the international tiebreaker in use, Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas) moved her to third on a sacrifice bunt and Von Ahn scored the go-ahead run after Zoe Hinton (Aurora, Colo.) laid down a bunt of her own, which ended with an error by the Pioneers to give MIT the 4-3 edge.
- Then with the bases loaded, senior Katherine Shade (Glencoe, Ill.) gave the Engineers a pair of insurance runs when she brought home Madi Pickett (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Hinton with a two-RBI single down the left field line. In the bottom of the frame, freshman Colleen Campbell (Snoqualmie, Wash.) shut down William Paterson 1-2-3 to earn the first win of her collegiate career and give MIT the 6-3 victory.
- In the first inning, Von Ahn plated senior Jasmin Joseph (Woodland Hills, Calif.) on an RBI single through the right side for the 1-0 lead before William Paterson answered with a two-run homer by Kara Molnar in the bottom half of the opening frame.
- Pickett gave MIT the lead back in the top of the third, 3-2, on a two-run single up the middle which brought home Von Ahn and Wist. That was all of the scoring for both teams until William Paterson knotted the game up at 3-3 with one out in the bottom of the seventh as Ryan Tighe drove in Xiomara Taylor on an RBI single to center, which sent the game to extra innings.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS vs. William Paterson:
- Von Ahn went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored from the cleanup position for the Engineers, while Pickett and Shade each registered two RBI in the winning effort.
- In her first collegiate start, MIT's Campbell threw eight innings, struck out 11 batters and allowed four hits, three runs and a walk, while William Paterson's Sarah Byrnes shouldered the loss (0-2) on eight innings, ten hits, six runs (two earned), two walks and four strikeouts.
HOW IT HAPPENED vs. No. 17 Moravian:
- A two-run triple in the top of the sixth by Moravian's Jean Markovic proved to be the difference as the No. 17 Moravian Greyhounds defeated MIT, 7-5, in game two this afternoon. Moravian got on the board first in the top of the opening frame as Janae Matos and Shannon Brogan both registered RBI singles and Julia DeMarco scored on an MIT fielding error to put the Greyhounds up 3-0 early on.
- MIT cut the deficit to one by scoring one run in the bottom of the first and one in the bottom of the third, both of which came on sacrifice flies by Von Ahn and both of which plated Joseph.
- Moravian extended its lead back to three at 5-2 in the top of the fifth after RBI singles via Brogan and Madison Shaneberger, however MIT answered once again as Amanda Lee (Saratoga, Calif.) plated Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) and Von Ahn doubled home Lee in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 5-4.
- Lee drove in MIT's fifth run in the sixth on an RBI single which plated Joseph and had the winning run at the plate in the bottom of the seventh, but with it being pitcher against pitcher, Josie Novak struck out Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) to end the game with by a score of 7-5 in favor of the Greyhounds.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS vs. No. 17 Moravian:
- Joseph was 4-for-4 at the top of the lineup for the Engineers, while Von Ahn drove in three of MIT's five runs on a 1-for-2 day at the plate.
- Moravian's Novak earned the win (1-1) on seven innings, 13 hits, five runs (four earned), one walk and seven strikeouts, while MIT's Nasser shouldered the loss (1-1) on seven innings, seven runs (five earned), three walks and six strikeouts.
- MIT closes its trip to Arizona tomorrow morning as the Engineers will take on DePauw at 9:00 am local time and St. Catherine at 11:30 am local time.