Nasser Breaks Wins Record as MIT and WPI Split NEWMAC Doubleheader

Nasser Breaks Wins Record as MIT and WPI Split NEWMAC Doubleheader

THE BASICS:

- Scores:

No. 16 MIT 8, WPI 2
WPI 2, No. 16 MIT 1

- Records: No. 16 MIT (23-8-1, 15-2-1 NEWMAC); WPI (28-8, 16-2 NEWMAC)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Briggs Field)

- The Lead: On the final day of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), No. 16 MIT and WPI split a doubleheader. MIT won game one, 8-2, and WPI took game two, 2-1. With the split, WPI earned the NEWMAC regular season title, while MIT took the No. 2 seed for the upcoming postseason tournament. 

MIT came into today's doubleheader ranked No. 16 in the latest NFCA Division III National Poll and No. 3 in the first NCAA Division III New England Regional Rankings. 

HOW IT HAPPENED in Game One:

- Both teams traded single runs in the first and second inning before MIT put together four runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-1 lead. The fourth inning began with a double to center by Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas). A ball through the legs of WPI's third baseman allowed Wist to score before three RBI singles by Sierra Rosenzweig (Anchorage, Alaska), Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) and Julia Chatterjee (Hinsdale, Ill.) pushed MIT's lead to 5-1. 

-  An RBI single by Olivia Lucchese (Camarillo, Calif.) that plated Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) in the bottom of the fifth and a two-run shot over the fence by Wist in the bottom of the sixth gave MIT an 8-2 advantage. 

- MIT starter Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) returned to the circle and retired WPI 1-2-3 to give the homestanding Engineers the 8-2 game one win. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Nasser improved to 12-5 as she scattered just two hits, allowed two runs (one earned) and struck out four. WPI's Mackenzie Phillips took the loss (15-3) as she allowed ten hits and six runs (three earned) over five innings. The win for Nasser marks the 49th of her career which is now the all-time record for MIT. The previous record for the Engineers was 48, which was set by Lexi Marshall from 2013-16.

- Chatterjee and Wist both went 2-for-3 with two runs, while Von Ahn compiled two hits and scored one run of her own. Wist's home run was her third of the season and seventh of her collegiate career.

HOW IT HAPPENED in Game Two:

- A solo homer by Caraline Wood in the top of the first gave WPI an early 1-0 lead.

- MIT tied the game in the bottom of the third after it loaded the bases on three walks. Pickett made WPI pay for the three walks as an infield single allowed Anya Chase (Wells, Maine) to score to knot the game up at 1-1. 

- WPI answered, however, in the top of the fourth as Renee LeClaire plated Marissa Gonzales on a sacrifice fly, which proved to be the game winning run.

- WPI starter Katie Martin allowed just one base runner over the final three innings to secure the 2-1 win for the visitors.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Martin (9-2) earned the win as she allowed five hits and struck out three over seven innings, while Colleen Campbell (Snoqualmie, Wash.) took the loss (11-3) on seven innings, three hits, two runs (one earned), one walk and three strikeouts.

- At the top of the lineup, Goetz was 2-for-4, while Pickett accounted for MIT's lone RBI in the nightcap.

UP NEXT:

- Weather permitting, MIT will host a pair of non-conference doubleheaders to close the 2019 regular season. On Friday, the Engineers will welcome Endicott College to Cambridge for a doubleheader beginning at 3:00 pm and then on Saturday, the Engineers will welcome Tufts University to campus for a twinbill beginning at noon.

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