No. 13 Softball Wins Game Two to Earn Split at Salve Regina

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THE BASICS:

Scores:

Salve Regina University 1, No. 13 MIT 0
No. 13 MIT 6, Salve Regina University 0

Records: No. 13 MIT (19-6); Salve Regina University (18-15)

Location: Newport, R.I. (Toppa Field)

The Lead: Salve Regina University snapped MIT softball's 12 game winning streak as the two teams split a non-conference doubleheader this afternoon in Newport. The host Seahawks took game one, 1-0, before the Engineers won the nightcap, 6-0. 

HOW IT HAPPENED in Game One:

- Salve Regina got its only run in the bottom of the first inning after Lindsey Florent walked and Maddie Machado singled to right field. Both runners advanced one base on the throw and with one out in the inning, Florent slid under the tag at home after Nikki Vanelli grounded the ball to second base.

- Seahawks starter Andi Nelson shutout down the MIT bats as she struck out ten Engineers and allowed just three batters to reach base over seven innings in the circle. 

- MIT twice had runners in scoring position, once in the first after Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) walked and stole second and once in the fourth after a singles by Julia Chatterjee (Hinsdale, Ill.) and Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.), but the Engineers were not able to convert with Nelson in the circle. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Nelson improved to 14-4, while MIT starter Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) took the loss (10-4) after allowing one earned run, six hits and two walks over six innings. 

HOW IT HAPPENED in Game Two:

- Just as Salve did in game one, MIT pushed across one run in the first inning of game two. Goetz roped a triple to right to lead off the inning before Chatterjee brought her home on a squeeze bunt for the 1-0 lead.

- The Engineers pushed their lead to 2-0 in the top of the fourth as Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas) knocked in Anya Chase (Wells, Maine) on a sacrifice fly to center. Chase began the fourth with a single to center and moved all the way to third on a two base throwing error on Von Ahn's sacrifice bunt.

- MIT added a third run in the top of the fifth as Chase plated Sierra Rosenzweig (Anchorage, Alaska) on an RBI single up the middle. Rosenzweig led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Goetz before scoring on Chase's hit.

- Three straight extra base hits by the Engineers extended their lead to 6-0 in the top of the seventh as Chase plated Madi Pickett (Santa Barbara, Calif.) on an RBI double to left center, Von Ahn plated Chase on an RBI triple down the right field line and Wist plated Von Ahn on an RBI double to center. 

- After MIT starter Colleen Campbell (Snoqualmie, Wash.) tallied eight strikeouts over six shutout innings for the Engineers, Amber VanHemel (Coconut Creek, Fla.) set the Seahawks down 1-2-3 in the seventh to preserve the two-game split.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Campbell scattered just two hits and struck out eight to improve to 9-2 this spring for the Engineers. Courtney Latta took the loss (2-5) on seven innings, ten hits, six earned runs, two walks and two strikeouts for Salve.

- Chase and Wist powered MIT's offense in the nightcap as Chase went 3-for-4 with two RBI and scored two runs of her own, while Wist was a perfect 3-for-3 with two RBI. 

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Friday, April 19 with a home doubleheader against Smith College beginning at 3:00 pm.

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