No. 13 Softball Secures NEWMAC Playoff Berth With Sweep at Springfield

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THE BASICS:

Scores: 

No. 13 MIT 1, Springfield College 0
No. 13 MIT 2, Springfield College 0

Records: No. 13 MIT (18-5, 12-1 NEWMAC); Springfield College (15-14, 8-6 NEWMAC)

Location: Springfield, Mass. (Potter Field)

The Lead: Junior Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) belted the game winning home run in the opener and the Engineers used two runs and a shutout pitching performance by sophomore Colleen Campbell (Snoqualmie, Wash.) in game two to earn a doubleheader sweep of Springfield College on the road in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on the road this afternoon.

The two victories stretch MIT's win streak to 12 and pushes its record to 12-1 in NEWMAC play. Additionally, with just five conference games to go the Engineers have clinched a spot in the 2019 NEWMAC Tournament for the fifth straight season and for the 12th time in program history.

HOW IT HAPPENED in Game One:

- Springfield starting pitcher Shelby Allen retired the first 12 MIT batters Von Ahnbroke the scoreless tie with a home run over the fence in right center field to give the Engineers the 1-0 advantage in the top of the fourth inning.

- This is all of the offense MIT needed as senior Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) pitched a complete game shutout and allowed just four batters to reach base over seven innings. 

- Springfield had the tying run on third base in the bottom of the fourth after Hannah Salvietti led off with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Marisa Velenti. Nasser, however, got pinch hitter Gabrielle Alfieri to strikeout and Meghan Stastram to ground out to end the threat.

- Nasser set the Pride down in order in the sixth and allowed just one runner to reach in the seventh to secure the 1-0 win for the Engineers, their 11th consecutive victory. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Nasser improved to 10-3 as she struck out five and allowed just three hits over seven innings for the Engineers. Allen took the loss (6-5) as she allowed five hits, one earned run and struck out eight in a complete game for the Pride.

- The five MIT hits came from five different student-athletes including first-year Julia Chatterjee (Hinsdale, Ill.), Von Ahn, junior Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas), first-year Kassidy Peterson (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) and first-yearOliviaLucchese (Camarillo, Calif.).

- Von Ahn's home run was her first of the season and second of her career.

HOW IT HAPPENED in Game Two:

- Game two was scoreless until MIT broke through with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth. The Engineers took advantage of two errors in the frame and after Von Ahn reached on a fielder's choice, Wist brought her home on a double to center. Junior Madi Pickett (Santa Barbara, Calif.) was the next batter and singled through the left side to move Wist to third. 

- During Peterson's at-bat, Wist doubled MIT's lead after she came across to score on a wild pitch by Springfield starter Gillian Kane.

- Springfield threatened in the bottom of the frame after Alexxis Conley led off the inning with a triple, but Campbell struck out the next two batters and got Allen to ground out to end the threat.

- The Pride brought the winning run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh after singles by Ashley Wheeler and Kane, but Campbell worked out of the jam and got the final two outs of the game to preserve the 2-0 win and sweep for MIT.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Campbell pushed her record to 8-2 as she threw her third complete game shutout of the season. The sophomore punched out eight, walked one and scattered four hits to pick up the victory. Kane (6-3) took the loss on seven innings, five hits, two runs, two walks and three strike outs. 

- Pickett led MIT with a pair of hits in the night cap, while Von Ahn and Wist came across to score one run apiece.

- MIT has now defeated Springfield in four consecutive matchups dating back to 2017.

UP NEXT:

- MIT steps out of NEWMAC play with a non-conference doubleheader on the road at Salve Regina University on Tuesday, April 16 beginning at 4:00 pm.

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