No. 5 Softball Blanks No. 3 St. Thomas Before Falling to No. 9 Whitewater in Florida

No. 5 Softball Blanks No. 3 St. Thomas Before Falling to No. 9 Whitewater in Florida

THE BASICS:

Scores: 

No. 5 MIT 1, No. 3 St. Thomas (Minn.) 0
No. 9 Wisconsin-Whitewater 4, No. 5 MIT 0

Records: No. 5 MIT (6-2); No. 3 St. Thomas (10-2); No. 9 Whitewater (4-3)

Location: Clermont, Fla. (Legends Way Complex)

The Lead: MIT senior Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) pitched a two-hit shutout and junior Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) plated the game-winning RBI as the No. 5 Engineers defeated No. 3 St. Thomas (Minn.) in game one, before MIT fell to No. 9 Wisconsin-Whitewater, 4-0, in the nightcap.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. St. Thomas:

- An RBI single to left by Von Ahn in the bottom of the first inning paired with two-hit shutout by Nasser was all the No. 5 Engineers needed to defeat the No. 3 ranked Tommies of St. Thomas. 

- After Nasser sat the Tommies down in order in the top of the first, junior Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) led off the bottom of the opening frame with a single to left and a steal of second. Then with two outs, Von Ahn lined the ball to left and it dropped in front of the fielder allowing Goetz to score the game's only run.

- With the tying run on first base for St. Thomas in the top of the seventh, Nasser got Chase Shortly to strike out looking and a diving catch in right by first-year Olivia Lucchese (Camarillo, Calif.) sealed the 1-0 win for the Engineers.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Nasser earned the win (3-1) for MIT as she scattered two hits and struck out four over seven innings in the open, while St. Thomas starter Kierstin Anderson-Glass (4-2) pitched six innings, allowed six hits, one earned run and struck out nine.

- Offensively, junior Madi Pickett (Santa Barbara, Calif.) registered a double and a triple in her 2-for-2 day at the plate for the Engineers, while Von Ahn's RBI was her second of the year and Goetz's stolen base was her fifth of the campaign.

- Today's win marks the first victory for MIT over St. Thomas since 2013 as the all-time series now sits at 2-2 dating back to 2011.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. Wisconsin-Whitewater:

- Whitewater put together single runs in the third and fourth on an RBI triple to right by Vera Pflugradt and a sacrifice fly by Nikki Mikosz for the 2-0 edge.

- MIT nearly tied the game up in the bottom of the fifth after junior Sierra Rosenzweig (Anchorage, Alaska)and Goetz both singled and moved into scoring position on an error by the left fielder. However, Whitewater starter Julia Camardo got the final two outs of the inning to keep the Engineers off the board.

- After Whitewater's Emily Rux began the sixth with a single to center, Caitlin Catino homered the center to double their lead to 4-0. Camardo retired MIT in order in both the sixth and the seventh to give Whitewater 4-0 win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Camardo improved to 2-2 for Whitewater as she tossed seven innings, scattered four hits, walked two and struck out five. MIT starter Colleen Campbell (Snoqualmie, Wash.) took the loss (3-1) on seven innings, six hits, four runs (three earned), one walk and five strikeouts.

- Rosenzweig posted two of MIT's four hits in game two, while Whitewater's offense was powered by Catino who went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI. At the top of Whitewater's lineup, Pflugradt went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will wrap up its trip to Florida tomorrow afternoon with games against Luther College at 2:15 pm and Miami-Hamilton at 4:30 pm at the Legends Way Complex.

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