POSTGAME COMMENTS WITH COACH WILLIAMS, LEE AND MARSHALL
WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore Amanda Lee's (Saratoga, Calif.) two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning was the difference this afternoon for MIT as the Engineers defeated WPI, 2-1, in game two of the NCAA Division III Softball Worcester Super Regional. The victory and two-game sweep of WPI sends MIT to the College World Series for the first time in program history which is scheduled to begin on Thursday in Salem, Virginia.
MIT improves to 33-12 this year and will play the winner of the Luther vs. Illinois Wesleyan Super Regional on a date and time to be determined later, while WPI sees its season come to a close with a record of 38-9.
For her performance today, Lee was named as the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, while senior pitcher Alexandra Marshall (Glen Head, N.Y.) was named as the tournament's Most Outstanding Pitcher. Marshall did not allow an earned run in two games as her record pushed to 25-10 in 2016.
MIT sophomore Jasmin Joseph (Woodland Hills, Calif.) reached base in the first on a fielding error and moved to second on a throwing error before Lee blasted her third home run of the season to give the Engineers an early 2-0 lead.
WPI cut the deficit to one, 2-1, in the top of the fourth. Worcester's Engineers were the designated road team in today's contest. Sophomore Ama Biney (Worcester, Mass.) began the frame with a single to left, stole second and moved to third on a fielding error. Junior Kristin Gallagher (Coventry, R.I.) knocked Biney in on a sacrifice fly to left.
Marshall improved to 25-10 as she allowed six hits, one run (unearned), one walk and struck out one in the win. WPI senior Clare Doolin (Newton, Mass.) shouldered the loss (16-4) on six innings, two runs (one earned), four hits, one walk and six strikeouts.
Lee went 2-for-2 this afternoon with a pair of RBI and a run scored, while junior Ali Trueworthy (Rochester, N.H.) and freshman Erika Anderson (Carlsbad, Calif.) accounted for the other two MIT hits today.