No. 13 MIT and Johnson & Wales Split Non-Conference Doubleheader on Tuesday

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THE BASICS:

- Scores:

Johnson & Wales University 1, No. 13 MIT 0
No. 13 MIT 4, Johnson & Wales University 3

- Records: No. 13 MIT (22-7-1); Johnson & Wales (18-16)

- Location: Providence, R.I. (Scotts Miracle-Gro Athletics Complex)

- The Lead: No. 13 MIT and Johnson & Wales University split a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon in Rhode Island. After the Wildcats took game one, 1-0, the Engineers bounced back to take the nightcap by a 4-3 final.

Coming into today's doubleheader, MIT was ranked third in the initial NCAA Division III New England regional rankings. 

HOW IT HAPPENED in Game One:

- Johnson & Wales scored the first and only run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning when Ally Mishol lined a homer over the fence in left center for the 1-0 advantage.

- MIT had the tying run on base in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, but could not produce a run as JWU starter Kristen Frost picked up her fourth complete game shutout of the season.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT starter Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) dropped to 11-5 as she allowed four hits, one earned run, one walk and struck out three over six innings in the circle. 

- Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) went 2-for-3 in game one for the Engineers, while Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) picked up her eighth double of the campaign.

HOW IT HAPPENED in Game Two:

- The host Wildcats once again got on the board first in game two as they produced a run in the bottom of the opening frame. With two outs, Mishol singled up the middle, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI double down the left field line by Summer Ramundo.

- Von Ahn gave MIT a 3-1 lead in the top of the fourth with a bases clearing double. Phoebe Li (Morganville, N.J.) and Sierra Rosenzweig (Anchorage, Alaska) began the inning with back-to-back singles before Claire Wichman (Omaha, Neb.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Von Ahn was credited with a double and three RBI before she was cut down trying to stretch her hit into a triple at third. 

- JWU knotted the game at 3-3 with back-to-back homers by Ramundo and Kayla McKinnon in the bottom bottom of the fourth.

- The game remained tied at three until the Engineers took the 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh. Madi Pickett (Santa Barbara, Calif.) began the inning with a single up the middle, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Olivia Lucchese (Camarillo, Calif.) and scored on a single to center by Rosenzweig.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT starter Colleen Campbell (Snoqualmie, Wash.) improved to 11-2 in the circle for the Engineers as she struck out a career-high 13 batters. In relief, Saxon Bresnahan (0-2) took the loss over the final three innings for Johnson & Wales.

- Von Ahn drove in three of four runs for MIT, while Pickett and Rosenzweig both notched two hits apiece for the Engineers. Eight of the nine batters in this starting lineup for MIT today registered at least one hit.

- MIT is now 4-1 all-time against Johnson & Wales in the all-time series that dates back to 2016.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will host WPI tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm in the final New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader of the regular season. If MIT sweeps WPI, MIT will be the No. 1 seed and WPI will be the No. 2 seed, however WPI needs just one win over MIT to take home the regular season crown.

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