Rosenzweig Breaks Triples Record in Two Game Sweep at Emerson

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THE BASICS:

Scores:

No. 16 MIT 10, Emerson College 6
No. 16 MIT 3, Emerson College 1

Records: No. 16 MIT (13-5, 7-1 NEWMAC); Emerson College (10-13, 1-6 NEWMAC)

Location: Boston, Mass. (Rotch Field)

The Lead: Junior Sierra Rosenzweig (Anchorage, Alaska) broke the single game program record with three triples in game one as the No. 16 MIT softball team picked up a pair of New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victories at Emerson College today. 

HOW IT HAPPENED in Game One:

- After the Engineers gave up three runs in the bottom of the first on a bases loaded walk and a two-run error, MIT answered with five runs in the top of the third to retake the lead 5-3. Rosenzweig began the third with a triple to left center and was immediately brought home on an RBI to left by classmate Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.). Goetz then stole second and scored on a single up the middle by first-year Julia Chatterjee (Hinsdale, Ill).

- An RBI single by junior Madi Pickett (Santa Barbara, Calif.) paired with a two-run single by first-year Kassidy Peterson (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) accounted for the rest of MIT's runs in the five-run third inning. Emerson, however, in the bottom of the same frame knotted the score at 5-5 on a two-run homer to left by Micaela Dix.

- The Engineers regained the lead for good in the top of the fourth on an RBI groundout by Chatterjee that plated Rosenzweig, who reached on an error, stole second and moved to third on a groundout by Goetz. After first-year Anya Chase (Wells, Maine) doubled to left, junior Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) plated pinch runner Phoebe Li (Morganville, N.J.) and junior Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas) singled up the middle to score Von Ahn which gave MIT its 5-3 advantage.

- A sacrifice fly in the fifth and an RBI triple by Rosenzweig accounted for the remainder of MIT's runs as the Engineers led 10-5 heading into the bottom of the seventh. MIT starter Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) loaded the bases and gave up a run in the frame, but sophomore Colleen Campbell (Snoqualmie, Wash.) came in and picked up the save by getting the final two outs of the inning. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Nasser (6-3) picked up the win as she tossed 6.1 innings, allowed five hits, six runs (three earned), nine walks and struck out seven, while Campbell picked up her first save of the season and the third of her career. Emerson reliever Katelyn Torlincasitook the loss on four innings, six hits, five runs (two earned), two walks and one strikeout.

 - As the number nine hitter, Rosenzweig went 3-for-4, scored three runs and drove in one this afternoon en route to breaking the single game program record for triples as her three hits were all three baggers today.

- At the top of the lineup, both Goetz and Chatterjee tallied one hit and two RBI, while as the seven hitter, Peterson went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI in the game one win. 

HOW IT HAPPENED in Game Two: 

- As they did in game one, the Lions pushed across the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning. With a runner on third, Calli Pratt drove in Lexi Semanchik on an RBI single up the middle for the 1-0 edge.

- MIT was held hitless until the top of the fourth, but the bats came alive for the visitors with three runs in the frame. Chatterjee began the inning with a single to left, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Chase and advanced to third on a groundout by Von Ahn. After Wist earned a walk, Pickett drove in Chatterjee and Wist on a two-run double to left as the Engineers took back the lead, 2-1. 

- An RBI single up the middle by Li plated an insurance run for the Engineers in the top of the fourth gave MIT a 3-1 lead.

- After the first inning run allowed by Campbell, the sophomore allowed just three base runners to reach over the final six innings.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Campbell improved to 7-2 as she scattered four hits, allowed one unearned run, walked two and tied a career-high with 12 strikeouts. Emerson starter Neely Eddleston took the loss (6-5) on four innings, three hits, three earned runs, three walks and two strikeouts.

- The top three batters for MIT all produced one hit apiece, while Pickett drove in two runs and the other RBI came from Li in the game two win.

- Both Von Ahn and Rosenzweig tallied a stolen base in the nightcap.

- With the sweep, MIT improved to 12-1 in the all-time series against Emerson which dates back to 1999.

UP NEXT:

- MIT heads home for a NEWMAC doubleheader against Clark University tomorrow as first pitch is slated for noon.

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