Softball Wraps Up NFCA Leadoff Classic With 4-2 Record; Joseph Named to All-Tournament Team

Softball Wraps Up NFCA Leadoff Classic With 4-2 Record; Joseph Named to All-Tournament Team


- Scores:

DePauw University 14, MIT 13
MIT 11, St. Catherine University 3 (Six Innings)

- Records: MIT (4-2), DePauw (4-3), St. Catherine (5-5)

- Location: Tucson, Ariz. (Lincoln Park Complex)

- The Lead: The MIT softball team wrapped up the 2018 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III Leadoff Classic on Sunday afternoon in Arizona as the Engineers were edged by DePauw, 14-13, and then defeated St. Catherine, 11-3, in six innings. MIT closed the tournament with a 4-2 record overall.

Additionally, senior co-captain Jasmin Joseph (Woodland Hills, Calif.) was named to the All-Tournament team after she posted a .542 batting average to go along with 14 runs, 13 hits, one double, one triple and two RBI in six games for MIT this weekend.


- MIT went into the bottom of the seventh down 14-8 and rallied to pull within one run, but on Phoebe Li's (Morganville, N.J.) single up the middle, which scored Amanda Lee (Saratoga, Calif.), Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) was thrown out at the plate on a relay throw from center field to end the game. In that final frame, Li scored on a foul out by Sierra Rosenzweig (Anchorage, Alaska), Zoe Hinton (Aurora, Colo.) scored on an RBI double by Joseph, Madi Pickett (Santa Barbara, Calif.) scored on fielder's choice and Joseph scored on a single by Von Ahn.

- DePauw scored two runs in the first and MIT answered with one in the bottom of the frame before the Tigers broke the game open with six runs in the top of the fourth as they held a 10-1 lead through three and a half.

- The Engineers slowly chipped away at the lead as Pickett drove in Katherine Shade (Glencoe, Ill.) on a sacrifice fly in the fourth and back-to-back RBI doubles by Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) and Lee as well as a steal of home by Lee cut DePauw's lead to four, 9-5, after five frames.

- After DePauw put three runs on the board in the sixth, MIT once again answered in the bottom half of the inning with three runs of its own which came on an RBI triple by Joseph, an RBI double by Lee and an RBI single by Von Ahn.

- Liz Getz of DePauw homered in the top of the seventh to make the score 14-8 before MIT rallied for five runs in the bottom of the seventh. It wasn't enough, however, as DePauw won the opening game 14-13. 


- Julia Bork earned the win for the Tigers as she tossed four innings and allowed five hits, three runs (two earned), one walk and tallied a pair of strikeouts. Emma Baldwin came in for the final inning and two thirds to earn the save.

- MIT's Amber VanHemel (Coconut Creek, Fla.) shouldered the loss (1-1) on three innings, eight hits, seven runs (five earned) and one walk.

- Joseph and Shade both went 4-for-5 in today's first game as Joseph added four runs and drove in two, while shade came across the plate once. Lee posted four RBI and scored three times on a 2-for-5 effort at the plate as both hits she had were doubles.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. St. Catherine:

- MIT scored four runs in the third and four runs in the fourth to put the game out of reach early on. In the third, the Engineers scored twice on bases loaded walks and twice on wild pitches with the bases loaded all with two outs in the inning.

- In the fourth, Goetz, Lee, Von Ahn and Shade all registered one RBI to put the Engineers ahead 8-0. Goetz singled in Hinton, Lee plated Hinton on a walk, Von Ahn singled home Joseph and Shade drove in Goetz before St. Catherine could get out of the inning. 

- Leading 8-0, the Engineers were able to get the first two outs of the fifth inning, but Ashley Sis extended the game for St. Catherine with a three-run home run over the fence in left field. However, in the top of the sixth inning, MIT answered as Erika Anderson (Carlsbad, Calif.) roped a two-run triple to center and Hinton singled home Anderson to extend the Engineers lead back to eight, 11-3.

- MIT starter Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) returned to the circle for the bottom of the sixth and got the first two outs of the frame before St. Catherine's Anna Hinderaker and Amber Montero notched back-to-back singles. Sis came back to the plate for St. Catherine, but she flew out to right to end the game.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS vs. St. Catherine:

- Nasser improved to 2-1 win a complete game effort as she allowed seven hits, three runs and four walks to go along with one strikeout over six innings, while St. Catherine's Maddie Greer shouldered the loss (3-1) on four and two thirds innings, seven hits, eight runs (four earned) and five walks.

- Joseph and Goetz both notched two hits at the top of the MIT lineup and combined to score five of MIT's 11 runs. Lee, Von Ahn and Anderson, also all registered two RBI apiece in the winning effort.


- MIT is off for almost two weeks before opening their schedule back north with a non-conference doubleheader at Simmons College on March 17. First pitch is slated for noon. 


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