Softball Picks Up Two Wins on Opening Day at NFCA Leadoff Classic

Softball Picks Up Two Wins on Opening Day at NFCA Leadoff Classic

THE BASICS:

- Scores:

MIT 8, Wittenberg University 0 (Five Innings)
MIT 6, Birmingham Southern College 3

- Records: MIT (2-0), Wittenberg (0-2), Birmingham Southern (8-5)

- Location: Tucson, Arizona (Lincoln Park #7)

- The Lead: The MIT softball team won its first two contests of the 2018 season this afternoon at the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III Leadoff Classic in Tucson, Arizona. The Engineers began the day with an 8-0 win over Wittenberg University before earning a 6-3 victory over Birmingham Southern College.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. Wittenberg:

- MIT junior pitcher Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) pitched a complete game two-hit shutout with two strikeouts and four walks to earn her and the team's first win of the spring.

- After Nasser got out of a first inning jam, the Engineers scored a pair of runs in the bottom half of the frame for the early lead. Sophomore Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) drove in classmate Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) on a single up the middle. Senior Amanda Lee (Saratoga, Calif.), who reached on an error by the left fielder, advanced to third on Von Ahn's single and stole home to put MIT up 2-0.

- With the bases loaded in the bottom of the third after senior Jasmin Joseph (Woodland Hills, Calif.) singled and moved to second on a sacrifice, Lee walked and Von Ahn got hit by a pitch, sophomore Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas) cleared the bases with a three-run double to deep center field to put MIT ahead 5-0. Wist came around to score MIT's sixth run on an RBI groundout by senior Katherine Shade (Glencoe, Ill.).

- Lee doubled home Joseph in the fourth and sophomore Madi Pickett (Santa Barbara, Calif.) singled in junior Lisa Zhu (Columbus, Ohio) as the Engineers took home an 8-0 win in the season opener.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS vs. Wittenberg:

- MIT put together eight runs on nine hits in game one this afternoon as seven different Engineers got into the hit column. Joseph and Von Ahn led MIT with two hits apiece and both also scored two runs for the Engineers.

- Nasser improved to 1-0 in the circle for the Engineers as she threw five shutout innings allowing two hits and four walks to go along with two strikeouts. Wittenberg starter Abby Haab shouldered the loss (0-1) on nine hits, eight runs (four earned), one walk and three strikeouts.

- Today was the first-ever meeting between Wittenberg and MIT and marked MIT's first-ever game at the NFCA Division III Leadoff Classic.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. Birmingham Southern:

- As they did in game one, the Engineers got on the board first in game two against Birmingham Southern. Von Ahn roped a two-run single to center, which scored Joseph and Goetz for the 2-0 advantage. Joseph got on base via a fielder's choice and stole two bases, while Goetz followed suit with a walk and a stolen base.

- MIT doubled its lead to 4-0 in the top of the sixth when Pickett lined an RBI triple to center, which scored senior Zoe Hinton (Aurora, Colo.) and then Pickett scored on a wild pitch in the very next at-bat.

- Birmingham Southern got on the board for the first time in the bottom of the sixth when Krystyn Fisher drove the ball over the fence in left field to cut the deficit to five, 4-1. However, MIT responded with two more runs in the seventh on an RBI double by Lee and an RBI single by Von Ahn, which made the score 6-3 in favor of MIT heading to the final half inning.

- The Panthers got two runs on a groundout by Saydee Keith and a bases loaded walk via Kolyn Kyser, but Nasser came on in relief with the bases loaded and two outs to end the game. Nasser struck out Ella Day looking, to pick up her first save of the season and preserve the 6-3 MIT win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS vs. Birmingham Southern:
 

- Joseph, Goetz and Lee at the top of the MIT lineup all had one hit apiece, while Von Ahn posted a pair of hits and three RBI from the clean-up position.

- MIT junior Amber VanHemel (Coconut Creek, Fla.) picked up the win (1-0) on five and two-thirds innings in the circle as she allowed one run (earned), five hits and three walks to go along with two strikeouts in her first start of the season. Freshman Colleen Campbell (Snoqualmie, Wash.) made her collegiate debut in the middle innings before Nasser earned the save with the final out of the game. Birmingham Southern's Jessica Perley took the loss (1-3) on seven innings, seven hits, six runs (all earned), four walks and three strikeouts.

UP NEXT:

- MIT takes on William Paterson at 10:00 am (12:00 pm EST) and No. 17 Moravian College at 12:30 pm (2:30 pm EST) tomorrow on day two of the NFCA Division III Leadoff Classic in Tucson.

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