Softball Blanks Wellesley Twice to Sweep NEWMAC Doubleheader

Softball Blanks Wellesley Twice to Sweep NEWMAC Doubleheader

THE BASICS:

- Scores:

Game One – MIT 2, Wellesley College 0
Game Two – MIT 8, Wellesley College 0 (Five Innings)

- Records: MIT (19-4-1, 11-1 NEWMAC); Wellesley College (6-15, 3-7 NEWMAC)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Briggs Field)

- The Lead: The MIT softball team extended their winning streak to ten games this afternoon as the Engineers defeated Wellesley College twice in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader at Briggs Field. MIT won game one by a 2-0 final and then the bats exploded in game two as the Engineers came away with an 8-0 victory to win both games today.

HOW IT HAPPENED – GAME ONE:

- Single runs in the second and third innings was all of the offense MIT needed in game one as the Engineers once again got a great pitching performance by junior Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.). With one out in the bottom of the second, sophomore Sierra Rosenzweig (Anchorage, Alaska) lined a single to center, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Erika Anderson (Carlsbad, Calif.) and came around to score from second on an error by the Blue.

- Then with two outs in the bottom of the third, sophomore Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) roped a triple to right center and scored MIT's second run on a single through the left side by senior Amanda Lee (Saratoga, Calif.).

- Wellesley put runners on first and second in the top of the fourth after an MIT error and a single by Julia Warner, but Nasser got Autumn Brown to ground out, Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas) threw Warner out at third and then Nasser struck out Julianne Griffin to end the threat. Nasser retired nine of the final ten batters she faced to pick up the game one win for the Engineers.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Nasser scattered four hits, allowed one walk and struck out six batters in a seven inning complete game effort for the Engineers as she improved to 11-2 this spring. Warner (4-6) took the loss for Wellesley on three innings, three hits, two runs and a strikeout. 

- Goetz registered her first triple of the season with a 1-for-3 effort from the second spot in the lineup. Right behind her, Lee went 1-for-3 and notched the lone RBI for the Engineers in game one.

HOW IT HAPPENED - GAME TWO:

- The Engineers got on the board in the bottom of the first inning after Lee roped a two out triple to right field. In the very next at-bat, Lee came across to score on an RBI double by Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) to put MIT up 1-0.

- The MIT bats came alive in the second inning as the Engineers put six runs on the board to make the score 7-0 through two. Wist led off the frame with her first collegiate home run that was sent over the fence in right center and then after Katherine Shade (Glencoe, Ill.) singled up the middle with one out, Madi Pickett (Santa Barbara, Calif.) lined her first career home run in almost the same exact spot that Wist did to extend MIT's lead to 4-0.

- After a pitching change, an infield single by Lee plated Goetz, who reached on a double to left field and moved to third on a throwing error. Von Ahn then brought home Lee on an RBI triple to right center to make the score 6-0 and a bunt single by Rosenzweig plated Von Ahn for MIT's seventh run of the day.

- The Engineers ended the game in the bottom of the fifth when Zoe Hinton (Aurora, Colo.) scored MIT's eighth run of the game. With one out in the fifth, Hinton singled up the middle and moved to second on a ground out to first. Pickett lined the ball right to the shortstop in the next at-bat, but the ball was dropped which allowed Hinton to score the game-ending run.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT's pitching staff of freshman Colleen Campbell (Snoqualmie, Wash.) and Amber VanHemel (Coconut Creek, Fla.) combined for a two-hit shutout in the nightcap. Campbell struck out three batters over the first two innings and then VanHemel (2-1) picked up the win as she tossed three innings, allowed two hits and struck out one. Wellesley's Sydney Hopper took the loss (2-3) on 1.2 innings, six hits, five runs and one strikeout.

- The Engineers, who came into today's game with two home runs this season, doubled their total in game two. Goetz, Lee and Von Ahn all registered doubles, while Lee and Von Ahn both registered triples.

- Lee went 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI, while Von Ahn went 2-for-3 with a run and two RBI's and Wist went 2-for-3 with one RBI.

UP NEXT:

- MIT hosts Springfield College tomorrow for its final home NEWMAC doubleheader of the season beginning at 12:00 p.m. The Engineers will honor their four seniors in a pregame ceremony and honor their alumni in between games.

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