No. 13 Softball Defeats Wellesley 8-2 in Game One; Game Two Halted Due to Darkness

Photo by DSPics.com
Photo by DSPics.com

THE BASICS:

Scores:

No. 13 MIT 8, Wellesley College 2
No. 13 MIT 1, Wellesley College 1 (Game Halted in Top 9th)

Records: No. 13 MIT (16-5, 10-1 NEWMAC); Wellesley College (7-12-1, 3-7 NEWMAC)

Location: Wellesley, Mass. (Wellesley Softball Field)

The Lead: Junior Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas) went 4-for-4 with a home run, two doubles, a triple, three runs and two RBI in game one as the No. 13 MIT softball team picked up an 8-2 win over Wellesley College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday. Game two was halted due to darkness with the score even at 1-1 in the top of the ninth inning. 

HOW IT HAPPENED in Game One:

- After a scoreless first, MIT went ahead 4-0 in the top of the second. Wist began the frame with a triple to right and was immediately brought home on an RBI double to right by classmate Madi Pickett (Santa Barbara, Calif.). Then, first-year Kassidy Peterson (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) plated Pickett on an RBI single to right.

- Wellesley was forced to change pitchers and MIT capitalized on a throwing error to go ahead 3-0 in the inning. With the bases loaded, the Engineers added their fourth run on an RBI groundout by first-year Olivia Lucchese (Camarillo, Calif.).

- Pickett registered her second RBI double of the day after Wist doubled to right to open the third, which extended MIT's lead to 5-0. Then in the fourth with runners on second and third, an RBI single through the right side by junior Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) and an RBI double to left by Von Ahn made the score 7-0.

- Wellesley answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth and cut its deficit to five after Hayley Moniz plated Gen Brittingham on an RBI single and Autumn Brown scored on an error.

- Wist continued her excellent day at the plate when she belted her second home run of the season over the fence that made the score 8-2. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT starter Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) improved to 9-3 in the circle as she allowed seven hits, two runs (one earned), three walks and struck out six over seven innings for the Engineers. Sydney Hopper took the loss (4-6) for Wellesley in just one inning in the circle. Hopper allowed four hits and two earned runs. 

- Pickett ended game one with a 2-for-4 showing to go along with one run and two RBI, while Peterson went 2-for-3 with a run, one RBI and a walk. 

HOW IT HAPPENED in Game Two: 

- MIT scored the game's first run in the opening inning for the early 1-0 lead. Junior Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) began the game with a double to right center, moved to third on a groundout by first-year Julia Chatterjee (Hinsdale, Ill.) and scored on a groundout by first-year Anya Chase (Wells, Maine)

- Wellesley answered right away in the bottom of the first asMarisa Hensch plated Kendall Smith on a sacrifice fly. 

- In the eighth, Wellesley was able to cut the go ahead run down at the plate to keep the game even at 1-1 before MIT starter Colleen Campbell (Snoqualmie, Wash.) set down the Blue in order to send the game to the ninth.

- The score remained knotted at 1-1 all the way through the eighth inning and the game was halted due to darkness in the top of the ninth.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- At the time the game was called, Campbell had pitched eight innings and given up only two hits, while striking out eight. Moniz, who started game two for the Blue, worked around six hits and posted seven consecutive scoreless innings after the first.

UP NEXT:

- MIT heads to Springfield College for a NEWMAC twinbill tomorrow at 12:00 pm. Information about the continuation of game two will be posted on wellesleyblue.com when it becomes available.

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