No. 5 Softball Opens 2019 With a Two Game Sweep at Simmons

No. 5 Softball Opens 2019 With a Two Game Sweep at Simmons

THE BASICS:

Scores: 

Game 1: No. 5 MIT 6, Simmons University 2
Game 2: No. 5 MIT 14, Simmons University 5

Records: No. 5 MIT (2-0); Simmons University (3-13)

Location: Boston, Mass. (Daly Field)

The Lead: The No. 5 nationally-ranked MIT softball team opened its 2019 season with a two-game sweep of Simmons University on Wednesday night in Brighton. The Engineers took game one by a score of 6-2 and then won game two, 14-5, to complete the sweep.

HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME ONE:

- MIT scored its first run in the top of the opening inning as junior Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) came across the plate on an RBI groundout by classmate Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.). Goetz, the leadoff hitter, drew a seven-pitch walk, stole second and moved to third on a ground out by first-year Julia Chatterjee (Hinsdale, Ill.). Simmons answered in the bottom of the frame with an RBI double by Shannon McMahon as the score sat at 1-1 through one.

- The Engineers upped their lead to 3-1 in the third with an RBI single to center by first-year Anya Chase (Wells, Maine)that plated Chatterjee. Junior Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas) then crossed the plate on an error by the Simmons third baseman. 

- MIT added two more in the fourth and one in the seventh to claim its first win of the season, 6-2 over the Sharks. In the fourth, Goetz roped an RBI double to left and Chatterjee lined an RBI single up the middle, while in the seventh Chase came across to score after the right fielder dropped the ball.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT starter Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) pitched a complete game and picked up the win (1-0) as she allowed three hits, two runs (one earned), three walks and struck out seven. Simmons starter Maddie Castigliego shouldered the loss (2-3) as she gave up 11 hits, six runs (four earned), one walk and punched out five in seven innings in the circle.

- Chase led the Engineers with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate, scored a run and registered her first collegiate RBI. Both Chatterjee and Von Ahn went 2-for-4, while at the top of the lineup Goetz went 1-for-3, stole two bases scored two runs, drew a walk and drove in her first RBI of the campaign.

HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME TWO: 

- As they did in the first game, both teams scored runs in the first inning. After Goetz drew a walk, Wist launched her first homer of the year over the fence in center to put the Engineers ahead 2-0. Simmons answered in the bottom of the frame as Christie Bott plated Lauren Del Vacchio on an RBI triple to right. 

- MIT put the game out of reach in just the second inning as sophomore Phoebe Li (Morganville, N.J.), who led off the frame with a ten-pitch walk, scored on an RBI bunt single by Rosenzweig. Then in the very next at-bat, Goetz roped the ball over the fence in centerfield to give the Engineers a 5-1 advantage.

- The bats erupted for eight runs in the third inning as MIT sent 17 batters to the plate. The first three runs in the frame came on wild pitches. Then first-year Kassidy Peterson (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) lined an RBI double to center, Von Ahn roped an RBI single to left and Chase notched a two-run double to left and ended up scoring herself on an error.

- Simmons answered with one run in the third and three in the fourth highlighted by DelVacchio's solo home run over the fence in left field, but the late rally wasn't enough as MIT took game two, 14-5. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT sophomore Colleen Campbell (Snoqualmie, Wash.) picked up the win (1-0) as she allowed seven hits, five earned runs, three walks and struck out six over the first four frames before senior Amber VanHemel (Coconut Creek, Fla.) came in to finish the game in the fifth. Hailey Yabroudy took the loss (0-6) for Simmons on 1.1 innings, five hits, five earned runs and two walks.

- Wist went 3-for-3 with two runs and three RBI to lead the offensive effort for the Engineers. At the top of the lineup, Goetz went 2-for-2 with three runs, two RBI and two walks, while Von Ahn and Chase both tallied two hits apiece.

- The Engineers tied the single game program record with six doubles in tonight's second game against the Sharks. This has happened twice previously including on March 23, 2015 against Hamilton and April 25, 2015 against Clark.

UP NEXT:

- MIT heads south to Clermont, Florida later this week and will kickoff its slate of games on Saturday, March 23. The Engineers are scheduled to play Wisconsin-Stout, who is receiving votes in this week's NFCA Division III national poll at 9:30 am and Elmhurst College at 2:15 pm at the Legends Way Complex.

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