MIT Softball Splits With No. 21 Eau Claire and St. Kate's on Day Two in Florida

MIT Softball Splits With No. 21 Eau Claire and St. Kate's on Day Two in Florida

THE BASICS:

Scores: 

No. 21 Wisconsin-Eau Claire 6, No. 5 MIT 0
No. 5 MIT 4, St. Catherine's 3

Records: No. 5 MIT (5-1); Wisconsin-Eau Claire (6-2); St. Catherine's (5-5)

Location: Clermont, Fla. (Legends Way Complex)

The Lead: The No. 5 ranked MIT softball team split on its second day in Florda as the Engineers dropped a 6-0 final to No. 21 Wisconsin-Eau Claire early this afternoon before coming from behind to defeat St .Catherine's in the nightcap, 4-3.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. Wisconsin-Eau Claire:

- MIT starter Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) held Wisconsin-Eau Claire hitless until the top of the fifth when Emma Lehman dropped a bunt in front of the plate and beat the throw to first. She was also able to hold them scoreless until the sixth when the Blugolds took advantage of three fielding errors by the Engineers.

- With a runner on second in the top of the sixth, Katelyn Yute dropped another bunt and reached on an overthrown ball, which allowed Meghan Witt to cross the plate. With a runner now on third, pitcher Sarah Peka dropped a suicide squeeze bunt to score Mackenzie Sutton to double Eau Claire's lead. A fielding error led to the Blugolds third run and a two-run double by pinch-hitter Katie Rongstad gave Eau Claire a 5-0 lead before the frame was over. 

- Peka added an RBI double for Eau Claire in the top of the seventh accounting for the 6-0 final.

- MIT had its chances to score in game one but left two runners on in four different innings allowing their opportunities slip away.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Peka picked up the win for Eau Claire as she improved to 3-1 this spring. Peka scattered six hits, walked three and struck out two over seven innings for Eau Claire. Nasser took the loss (2-1) for MIT on 5.1 innings, three hits, five runs (no earned), four walks and a season-high nine strikeouts.

- Offensively, MIT was led by junior Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) as she went 2-for-3 as the leadoff hitter for the Engineers. Peka helped her own cause with a 2-for-4 showing at the plate and added two RBI to her stat line.

- Today marked the first-ever matchup between MIT and Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. St. Catherine's:

- Trailing 3-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth, MIT put together three runs in the frame and used a shutdown seventh inning from sophomore Colleen Campbell (Snoqualmie, Wash.) to secure a 4-3 win over St. Catherine's.

- An RBI double in the first by Jenna George and an RBI double in the second by Alex Ehde accounted for St. Catherine's first two runs of the game. 

- MIT answered in the bottom of the second as sophomore Phoebe Li (Morganville, N.J.) plated first-year Anya Chase (Wells, Maine) on an RBI single down the right field line. However, a sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth by George put St. Catherine's edge back to two at 3-1 heading late into the game.

- The Engineers quickly loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth as junior Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) reached on an error, Chase singled to left and first-year Olivia Lucchese (Camarillo, Calif.) earned on a second error. Li came to the plate and brought home Von Ahn on a groundout to second before junior Sierra Rosenzweig (Anchorage, Alaska) singled to right to score Lucchese and Chase for the 4-3 edge.

- Campbell allowed the leadoff hitter in the seventh to reach base but struck out two and got the final batter to groundout to secure the 4-3 win for the Engineers.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Campbell picked up her third win of the year as she came off the bench to pitch the final five innings of the game. She scattered seven hits, allowed one earned run and struck out for to improve to 3-0. Kathryn Proper moved to 3-3 for St. Catherine's on 5.2 innings, eight hits, four runs (one earned), and two punchouts.

- Four different Engineers tallied two hits including Von Ahn, Chase, Li and Rosenzweig. Von Ahn scored two of MIT's runs, while Li and Rosenzweig each recorded two RBI in the win.

- After meeting St. Catherine's last year in Arizona, MIT has now won two straight in the all-time series and leads it 3-1 overall dating back to 2005.

UP NEXT:

- MIT has a day off tomorrow before facing No. 3 St. Thomas (Minn.) at 9:30 am and No. 9 Wisconsin-Whitewater at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, March 25.

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