- Score: Wheaton College 6, MIT 3 (Game Five – NEWMAC Tournament)
- Records: MIT (21-11); Wheaton College (18-16)
- Location: Worcester, Mass. (Rooftop Field)
- The Lead: The fifth-seeded MIT softball team was eliminated from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament this afternoon as third-seed Wheaton College defeated the Engineers, 6-3, in game five of the double-elimination bracket. Wheaton moved on but fell to No. 1 seed WPI, 5-1, later this afternoon. MIT will now await word of a potential at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament as selections will be revealed on Monday, May 8 once the conference tournament concludes.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT got on the board in the top of the first inning on RBI single up the middle by senior captain Ali Trueworthy (Rochester, N.H.). With one out in the frame, freshman Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) singled through the left side, moved to second on a sacrifice but, advanced to third on a wild pitch and crossed the plate on Trueworthy's single.
- Two errors in the bottom of the third led to Wheaton taking the 3-1 lead. Alexis Havrilla reached on a bad throw and moved to second on a second throwing error in the next at-bat. An RBI single to center by Rebecca Seifert plated two runners and then Seifert, who moved to third on a base hit to left, scored when Danielle Cimino hit a ground ball to the shortstop.
- The Engineers answered and tied the game at three in the top of the very next inning as freshman Sierra Rosenzweig (Anchorage, Alaska) doubled home senior Monica Shifflet (Poway, Calif.) and then MIT scored its third run when Jasmin Joseph (Woodland Hills, Calif.) plated Rosenzweig on an RBI single to left.
- In the bottom of the fourth, Wheaton scored what proved to be the game winning runs as an inside the park home run down the left field line by Seifert gave the Lyons back the 6-3 lead. Allison Cox, who came on to pitch in the fifth, and did not allow a hit over the final three frames to give the Lyons the 6-3 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Goetz, Trueworthy and Rosenzweig all notched two hits for the Engineers in today's game, while the Lyons were paced by Seifert who was 2-for-3 with two runs and four RBI's. Joseph, Trueworthy and Rosenzweig accounted for MIT's three RBI's this afternoon.
- In the circle, Wheaton's Danielle Cimino (12-7) picked up the win as she tossed four innings and yielded 10 hits and three runs (two earned). Cox earned her first save of the season on three shutouts frames for the Lyons. MIT starter Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) fell to 11-8 as she went six innings and allowing five hits, six runs (three earned), three walks and struck out four batters.
- Both teams will round out their seasons with non-conference doubleheaders early next week. MIT will head to Salve Regina for two games on Wednesday beginning at 4:00 p.m., while Wheaton travels to Tufts on Tuesday for a 3:30 p.m. start.