Softball Comes From Behind in Game One and Scores Nine in Game Two to Sweep Johnson & Wales

Softball Comes From Behind in Game One and Scores Nine in Game Two to Sweep Johnson & Wales

 

THE BASICS:

- Scores:

Game One – MIT 2, Johnson & Wales 1 (Eight Innings)
Game Two – MIT 9, Johnson & Wales 1 (Five Innings)

- Records: MIT (23-4-1); Johnson & Wales University (17-10)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Briggs Field)

- The Lead: The MIT softball team rallied from a run down to win game one by a 2-1 score in eight innings and then broke game two open early on and secured the two-game non-conference sweep over Johnson & Wales University by a 9-1 score in the nightcap. MIT's offense put together 11 runs on 17 hits over the two games as the Engineers ran their win streak to 14 games and improved to 23-4-1 overall this spring.

HOW IT HAPPENED – GAME ONE:

-  Trailing 1-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, MIT tied the game to send it to extra innings. Senior Katherine Shade (Glencoe, Ill.) began the frame with a single to left, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas) and then scored on a fielding error during Madi Pickett's (Santa Barbara, Calif.) at-bat.

- MIT starter Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) got out of a jam in the top of the eighth to give her team a chance to win it in the bottom of the inning. Ally Mishol, who was placed on second for the international tiebreaker and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, but was stranded there as Nasser got Kayla McKinnon to pop out to shortstop of Alex Fantasia to swing at strike three to end the threat.

- The Engineers placed sophomore Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) on second base for the international tiebreaker in the bottom of the eighth and she immediately advanced to third on a groundout by senior Amanda Lee (Saratoga, Calif.). Sophomore Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) then roped an RBI double to left center to give the Engineers a 2-1 game one win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Nasser struck out a career high 12 batters as she improved to 13-2 for the Engineers. The junior scattered five hits, allowed one earned run and walked five in her 11th complete game of the year. Johnson & Wales starter Jennifer Corona dropped to 8-6 on 7.1 innings, nine hits, two unearned runs, one walk and five strikeouts.

- Shade went 3-for-3 and scored the game-tying run in game one, while senior Jasmin Joseph (Woodland Hills, Calif.) went 2-for-3 from the leadoff spot and Von Ahn ended the opening game with a 2-for-4 day at the plate with an RBI.

- The Engineers are now 3-0 this season when going to extra innings as MIT defeated William Paterson, 6-3, on March 3 and Coast Guard, 3-2, on March 31.

- Today's doubleheader marked only the second meeting between MIT and Johnson and Wales. The first time the two teams met was in the Williamstown Regional of the NCAA Tournament back on May 14, 2016. After today's two victories the Engineers are now 3-0 all-time against the Wildcats.

HOW IT HAPPENED - GAME TWO:

- After struggling to find the offense in game one, the Engineers struck early and often to secure the two-game sweep. With one out in the first and with the bases loaded, Shade plated Goetz and Lee on a single down the right field line. With Von Ahn on second after the two-run single by Shade, junior Erika Anderson (Carlsbad, Calif.) brought her home on a groundout to make the score 3-0 through one.

- In the very next inning, MIT loaded the bases as Wist earned a walk, senior Zoe Hinton (Aurora, Colo.) reached on a fielder's choice and Joseph drew a walk. Goetz then lined the ball down the right field line and came all the way around to score for her first home run of the season and second of her career to put the Engineers up 7-0. With the bases now empty, the MIT bats continued to hit as Lee singled up the middle and Von Ahn brought her home on an RBI double to left.

- The Engineers added one more in the bottom of the third after Hinton walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI triple to left by Joseph as the score read 9-0 after three.

- Johnson and Wales registered its first hit of game two as Devin Scales lined a ball to deep left field, but the leadoff batter was thrown out at the plate on a great relay to keep the visitors off the board. An RBI single in the top of the fifth gave the Wildcats their first run, but Amber VanHemel (Coconut Creek, Calif.) limited them to that as MIT won game two 9-1.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- VanHemel improved to 3-1 this spring for the Engineers as she tossed five innings, allowed two hits, one run, six walks and struck out four. JWU's Noelle Weiss took the loss (1-1) as she lasted just one innings and gave up three earned runs.

- Goetz went 2-for-3 with two runs and four RBI and was followed by Lee, who went 2-for-2 with two runs and Von Ahn, who went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. The four RBI for Goetz tied a career-high as she also hit that number in a 15-0 win over UMaine-Farmington last season.

- During this 14 game winning streak the Engineers have put together nine runs three different times which includes 9-0 wins over both Clark and Eastern Connecticut. Additionally, MIT is now 15-1 at home this spring.

UP NEXT:

- MIT, which has completed one of its four scheduled doubleheaders this week, travels across the river to Simmons College for a non-conference set of games tomorrow afternoon. Game one is expected to get underway at 5:00 p.m. from Daly Field, while game two will start at approximately 7:00 p.m.

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