MIT Softball Takes Two From Manhattanville

MIT Softball Takes Two From Manhattanville

THE BASICS:

- Scores:

Game One - MIT 5, Manhattanville 4
Game Two - MIT 5, Manhattanville 0 

- Records: MIT (8-2); Manhattanville (7-7) 

- Location: Purchase, N.Y. (Manhattanville Softball Field) 

- The Lead: The MIT softball team rallied in the top of the seventh inning in game one and then used another dominant pitching performance by freshman Colleen Campbell (Snoqualmie, Wash.) to sweep Manhattanville College in a non-conference doubleheader in New York this afternoon.

HOW IT HAPPENED – GAME ONE:

- MIT sophomore Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) registered her first career home run and MIT's first home run of the season in the top of the first inning when she belted the ball over the left field fence to give the Engineers a 2-0 lead. Von Ahn's homer brought in senior Amanda Lee (Saratoga, Calif.), who singled through the right side with two outs in the frame.

- Manhattanville answered with one run of its own in the bottom of the first when Brooke Franson was hit by a pitch, stole second and came around to score on a single up the middle by Isela Casillas.

- MIT scored its third run of the game in the top of the fourth which made the score 3-1 in favor of the Engineers. Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas), who was pinch run for by Lisa Zhu (Columbus, Ohio), began the frame with a single down the left field line. Zhu advanced to second on a fielding error and to third on a sacrifice bunt by Zoe Hinton (Aurora, Colo.). In the next at-bat, Zhu crossed the plate on an RBI groundout by Erika Anderson (Carlsbad, Calif.).

- The Valiants put together three runs on three hits to regain the lead in the bottom of the fourth, 4-3. Sophia Chapelone singled home Sam Jedrey, Alexis Ventarola knocked in Jordyn Boyd and then Ventarola scored Manhattanville's third run of the frame on a throwing error by the Engineers.

- The score would remain the same until the top of the seventh inning when MIT rallied to take the lead once again, 5-4. Pinch-hitter Sierra Rosenzweig (Anchorage, Alaska) reached on an error, Anderson singled through the left side, both advanced on a passed ball and then Rosenzweig crossed the plate on a perfectly played squeeze bunt by senior Jasmin Joseph (Woodland Hills, Calif.). After Anderson moved to third on the bunt, sophomore Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) gave MIT the 5-4 lead on a sacrifice fly to left.

- Manhattanville had the tying run on second base after Casillas walked and moved to second on a wild pitch, but with the winning run at the plate MIT starter Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) recorded the final three outs (fly out, strike out, ground out) to preserve the 5-4 game one win for the Engineers.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Nasser improved to 4-1 this spring as over seven complete innings she struck out six and allowed six hits, four runs (three earned) and one walk. Alycia Feeney (5-4) took the loss on seven innings, six hits, five runs (two earned) and four strikeouts for the Valiants.

- Von Ahn's home run was the first of her career and the first for the Engineers this season. Wist and Anderson led the way for MIT with two hits apiece, while five different Engineers crossed the plate in game one.

HOW IT HAPPENED - GAME TWO:

- The Engineers were once again the first ones on the board in game two. In the top of the second, MIT took advantage of two Manhattanville errors as freshman Phoebe Li (Morganville, N.J.) scored the lone run of the frame after reaching on a one-out walk.

- MIT then put the game out of reach in the top of the sixth as the Engineers put together four runs on five hits with two outs in the inning. The Engineers used RBI singles by Li, Rosenzweig, Joseph and Goetz as well as great base running with steals by Joseph and Goetz to extend their lead to 5-0.

 - Campbell had a perfect game through five and a third innings, but pinch-hitter Ali Orduna drew a walk in the bottom of the sixth to break it up then a leadoff double by Franson in the bottom of the seventh broke up the no-hitter. Campbell, however, tossed her second straight complete game shutout to secure the two-game sweep for MIT.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Campbell faced just 22 batters and threw 100 pitches, 61 for strikes, to improve to 3-0 this spring. The freshman allowed just one hit and one walk and paired it with nine strikeouts to earn the shutout win. Campbell now ranks third in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in strikeouts with 32.

- Goetz went 3-for-3 with an RBI as the second-hitter in MIT's lineup, while Von Ahn and Hinton both registered two hits. RBI's went to Joseph, Goetz and Li, while Li also came across to score two of MIT's five runs in game two.

- Today's doubleheader marked the first meeting between MIT and Manhattanville in the all-time series.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will travel to Glassboro, N.J. for another non-conference doubleheader at No. 18 Rowan University scheduled for tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. 

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