No. 5 Softball Sweeps Wisconsin-Stout & Elmhurst to Open Florida Trip

No. 5 Softball Sweeps Wisconsin-Stout & Elmhurst to Open Florida Trip

THE BASICS:

Scores: 

No. 5 MIT 3, Wisconsin-Stout 2
No. 5 MIT 6, Elmhurst College 2

Records: No. 5 MIT (4-0); Wisconsin-Stout (4-2); Elmhurst (3-4)

Location: Clermont, Fla. (Legends Way Complex)

The Lead: MIT junior third baseman Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) went 5-for-7, scored three runs, registered four RBI, tallied her second homerun of the season and drew one walk to power the Engineers offense to a pair of victories in their first two games in Florida. In game one, No. 5 MIT came from behind to defeat Wisconsin-Stout, 3-2, and in the second game, the Engineers topped Elmhurst College, 6-2. 

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. Wisconsin-Stout:

- Wisconsin-Stout scored single runs in the third and fourth innings to take a 2-0 lead as Kuncaide Diedrich drove in Mary Iliopoulos on an RBI single up the middle in third and Jessica Daley plated Kate Horn on an RBI triple down the right field line in the fourth. Stout nearly took a 3-0 lead in the fourth, but Daley was thrown out at third by Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas)on an attempted suicide squeeze.

- Down to just six outs, MIT began its rally in the top of the sixth Goetz tripled to right center to leadoff the frame. First-year Julia Chatterjee (Hinsdale, Ill.), in the very next at-bat, grounded out to shortstop, but the ball was deep enough for Goetz to score.

- In the top of the seventh, first-year pinch hitter Claire Wichman (Omaha, Neb.) lined a single down the left field line, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by classmate Olivia Lucchese (Camarillo, Calif.) and advanced to third on a bunt single by junior Sierra Rosenzweig (Anchorage, Alaska). Goetz came to the plate and drilled a two-run double to right center that allowed Rosenzweig and Wichman to score and gave the Engineers a 3-2 lead. 

- MIT starter Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) returned to the circle and set down Wisconsin-Stout 1-2-3 to earn her second win of the spring and finish a complete game for the Engineers.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Nasser improved to 2-0 this spring as she scattered four hits, allowed two runs and one walk and struck out six batters over seven innings. Stout's Sommer Kunstmann (0-2) took the loss on 6.2 innings, seven hits, three runs (all earned), one walk and two strikeouts.

- Goetz led the offensive efforts for the Engineers with a 2-for-3 day and the plate as she notched a double, a triple, earned a walk, scored a run and drove in two of MIT's three runs. Chatterjee, Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.)Anya Chase (Wells, Maine), Wichman and Rosenzweig accounted for the rest of the hits for MIT.

- Today's matchup between MIT and Wisconsin-Stout marked only the second time the two teams have played each other in the all-time series. The series is now knotted at 1-1 after Stout won the first matchup back in 2010.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. Elmhurst:

- The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning when junior Madi Pickett (Santa Barbara, Calif.) roped an RBI single up the middle to plate classmate Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.). Von Ahn got on base with one out in the frame on a single to right.

- The Engineers put together three more runs in the bottom of the fifth as junior Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas) lined a two-run single that scored Goetz and Rosenzweig. Rosenzweig led off the fifth with an infield single and Goetz dropped a perfectly executed bunt right in front of the plate. Von Ahn followed with a double down the left field line and Chase brought home Wist on a groundout to second. 

- Goetz continued her day at the plate with a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to extend MIT's lead to 6-0. 

- Elmhurst put together a pair of RBI singles in the top of the seventh, but senior Amber VanHemel (Coconut Creek, Fla.) got Val Perrelli to line into a double play to end the game. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT starter Colleen Campbell (Snoqualmie, Wash.) improved to 2-0 this spring as she tossed six shutout innings, scattered six hits and struck out four. Elmhurst starter Sydni Gizynski (0-1) took the loss on four innings, seven hits, three earned runs and a strikeout.

- In game two, Goetz went 3-for-4, scored two runs and drove in two highlighted by her second homer of the season in the sixth inning. Wist also drove in two runs, while Von Ahn went 2-for-3 and scored a run herself.

- Eight different Engineers tallied at least one hit including Lucchese who led off the sixth leading to Goetz's two-run home run.

- Today's matchup between MIT and Elmhurst marked only the second time the two teams have played each other in the all-time series. The series is now knotted at 1-1 after the Blue Jays won the first matchup back in 2010.

UP NEXT:

- Tomorrow the Engineers will play No. 21 Wisconsin-Eau Claire at 1:30 pm and St. Catherine at 3:45 pm at the Legends Way Complex in Clermont.

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