Bats Explode as No. 5 MIT Softball Sweeps Coast Guard in NEWMAC Twinbill

Photo by Frank Poulin
Photo by Frank Poulin

THE BASICS:

Scores:

No. 5 MIT 8, Coast Guard 0
No. 5 MIT 14, Coast Guard 2

Records: No. 5 MIT (9-5, 3-1 NEWMAC); Coast Guard (11-9, 4-2 NEWMAC)

Location: New London, Conn. (Nitchman Field)

The Lead: The No. 5 ranked MIT softball team put together 22 runs, 21 hits and four home runs in a doubleheader sweep at Coast Guard in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday. The 14 runs matched a season-high for the Engineers as MIT previously put up 14 runs against Simmons back on March 20.

HOW IT HAPPENED in Game One:

- MIT wasted little time scoring the game's first run as an RBI groundout by first-year Anya Chase (Wells, Maine) put the Engineers ahead 1-0 in the opening frame. Junior Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) and first-year Julia Chatterjee (Hinsdale, Ill.) began the inning with singles and stolen bases before Chase's RBI.

- The score remained the same until the top of the fifth when junior Sierra Rosenzweig (Anchorage, Alaska) blasted a two-run homer over the fence in left field to extend MIT's lead to 3-0. An RBI single by first-year Kassidy Peterson (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) that plated junior Madi Pickett (Santa Barbara, Calif.) in the top of the sixth made it 4-0.

- MIT put the game out of reach in the top of the seventh with four additional runs. With runners on first and third, junior Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas) drove in Chatterjee on an infield single and then Pickett cleared the bases with a three-run home run, her first of the season.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT starter Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) picked up the win (4-3) with a complete game shutout, her second of the year. Nasser scattered six hits, allowed one walk and struck out four in the circle and at the plate registered her first hit of the season, which was a double to left in the sixth. Coast Guard starter Sydney Arendt took the loss (5-4) on five innings, four hits, three runs (two earned), one walk and a pair of strikeouts.

- Eight of the nine batters in MIT's lineup picked up at least one hit highlighted by a 2-for-4 day that included two runs and three RBI by Pickett. Seven out of nine batters also came across to score at least one run

- Rosenzweig's home run marked her first of the season and second of her collegiate career, while Pickett's blast was her first of the season and fifth of her career.

HOW IT HAPPENED in Game Two:

- The Engineers put the game out of reach in the very first inning as they registered six runs highlighted by an RBI groundout by Chase, a two-run double to left by Wist and a three-run home run by sophomore Phoebe Li (Morganville, N.J.)

- Goetz added to MIT's run total with a solo shot to lead off the second inning that was lined over the wall in center. 

- Four more runs came across for MIT in the top of the third as Li notched her fourth RBI of the day on a groundout to third. First-year Olivia Lucchese (Camarillo, Calif.) kept the scoring going with an RBI single to center. Chase, the very next batter, singled up the middle to score Li and then with the bases loaded senior Erika Anderson (Carlsbad, Calif.) reached on an error which allowed Goetz to score MIT's 11th run of the afternoon. 

- The Engineers added two runs in the fourth on a double to left center by Lucchese and one in the fifth on a groundout by Li to account for the 14-2 final.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Sophomore Colleen Campbell (Snoqualmie, Wash.) and Peterson teamed up to pitch for MIT in game two. Campbell picked up the win (5-2) on three innings, five hits, one run, three walks and two strikeouts, while Peterson, in her collegiate debut in the circle, pitched two innings, allowed one run and struck out four. Arendt took the loss (5-5) for Coast Guard in her second start of the day.

- Li's homerun marked the first of her collegiate career and her five RBI marked a new career-high for the sophomore infielder. Lucchese came off the bench and went 2-for-2 with a career-high three RBI, while Chase and Wist both drove in a pair for the Engineers. At the top of the lineup, Goetz scored four of MIT's 14 runs in game two. 

- Goetz's homer in the second inning was her fourth of the season, which ties the program record for most in a single season. The feat has been accomplished three times in program history and most recently Wist and Pickett both launched four home runs a season ago.

UP NEXT:

- MIT welcomes Wheaton College for another NEWMAC doubleheader on Tuesday, April 2 as first pitch is slated for 3:00 pm from Briggs Field.

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