Cambridge, Mass. (February 6) – The No. 8 nationally-ranked MIT softball has announced its slate of games for the 2019 season, which will feature 36 games including eight contests in Clermont, Florida for the team's annual spring training trip, 14 home games at Briggs Field and 18 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) games. Coming off its second appearance in the Division III College World Series in three years and its first NEWMAC Championship in program history, the Engineers will be under the guidance of first-year head coach Brooke Kalman.
Over the course of the season, the Engineers will play five programs that competed in last year's NCAA Tournament. MIT will open its season with eight games in Clermont, Florida from March 23-27 before returning north to begin NEWMAC play. While in Florida, the Engineers will play Wisconsin-Stout, Elmhurst College, Wisconsin-Eau Claire, St. Catherine, No. 7 St. Thomas, No. 13 Wisconsin-Whitewater, No. 10 Luther College and Miami-Hamilton.
When the Engineers return to Cambridge, they will play Babson College in their home opener and NEWMAC opener on Friday, March 29 before heading down to Coast Guard on Saturday, March 30 to round out the month. MIT will open April with a home doubleheader against Wheaton College on Tuesday, April 2 and will also have key NEWMAC matchups at Springfield on Saturday, April 13 and home against WPI the following Saturday.
Prior to the NEWMAC Tournament, MIT will play three non-conference doubleheaders against 2018 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Champion Johnson & Wales on Tuesday, April 23, Eastern Connecticut State University on Thursday, April 25 at home and Tufts University on Saturday, April 27 in a rematch of last year's NCAA Cambridge Regional final.
Returning to the squad in March will be All-American Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) as well as NFCA All-Region selections Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) and Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.). These three student-athletes will also be joined by seven first-years on the team this spring.