No. 16 Softball Earns Senior Day Sweep Over Regionally-Ranked Tufts

No. 16 Softball Earns Senior Day Sweep Over Regionally-Ranked Tufts

THE BASICS:

- Scores:

No. 16 MIT 2, Tufts University 1 (Eight Innings)
No. 16 MIT 2, Tufts University 0

- Records: No. 16 MIT (25-8-1); Tufts University (27-8)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Briggs Field)

- The Lead: On the final day of the regular season, the No. 16 ranked MIT softball team swept crosstown rival Tufts University in a non-conference doubleheader. The Engineers walked off in game one with a 2-1 win and then used a shutout pitching performance by senior captain Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) in game two to secure the sweep. Today's sweep marks the first time in program history that the Engineers have swept the Jumbos in doubleheader during the regular season.

Prior to today's doubleheader, MIT honored its three seniors including Nasser, Amber VanHemel (Coconut Creek, Fla.) and Erika Anderson (Carlsbad, Calif.) for their contributions towards the MIT Softball program over the past four seasons.

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

HOW IT HAPPENED in Game One:

- MIT scored the first run of the game after Madi Pickett (Santa Barbara, Calif.) plated Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) in the bottom of the fourth. With one out in the inning, Von Ahn reached on a throwing error that allowed her to take second and then she advanced to third on a groundout by Anya Chase (Wells, Maine).

- Nasser had no-hit the Jumbos until Alexis Aboulafia doubled to center field with one out in the top of the seventh. Casey Maggiore was the next batter and she doubled down the left field line which allowed pinch runner Edie Huling to come around to score the game-tying run.

- The game headed to the eighth and in the top of half of the frame with Kristen Caporelli on second due to the international tie breaker, Nasser struck out Emily Serata, Maggie Lebinski and Emma Della Volpe in order to give the Engineers a chance to win it in the bottom half.

- In the bottom of the eighth, Julia Chatterjee (Hinsdale, Ill.) moved Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) to third on a sacrifice bunt and then an RBI single by Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas) to right plated Goetz as MIT walked off with the 2-1 game one win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Nasser improved to 13-5 and earned the 50th win of her career in game one as scattered two hits and struck out eight over eight innings in the circle for the Engineers. Kristina Haghdan (10-3) took the loss on 7.1 innings, six hits, two unearned runs and six strikeouts.

- Wist went 3-for-4 with the game-winning RBI to lead the Engineers offensively. Olivia Lucchese (Camarillo, Calif.) also added two hits in game one for MIT in the opener. 

HOW IT HAPPENED in Game Two:

- Game two was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth. With one out in the frame, Sierra Rosenzweig (Anchorage, Alaska) launched a triple to right and was immediately brought home on an RBI single up the middle by Goetz. 

- After the Jumbos were forced to bring in relief pitcher Kristi Van Meter, Goetz stole second and came across with MIT's second run on a single through the left side by Von Ahn.

- Nasser set Tufts down 1-2-3 in the sixth, but in the seventh the visitors loaded the bases with two outs. However, MIT secured the win and the two-game sweep after Caporelli was called for interference for running into the shortstop which ended the game.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Nasser scattered four hits and allowed just one walk over seven innings to push her record to 14-5. Tufts starter Gillian O'Connor took the loss (6-2) on 4.1 innings, four hits, two earned runs, one walk and one strikeout.

- The sweep pushed MIT's record to 25-8-1 and secured the team's fourth 25-win season in program history.

UP NEXT:

- Since tomorrow's doubleheader against Endicott got cancelled, the next time MIT will be in action is on the first day of the 2019 NEWMAC Tournament which is slated to begin on Wednesday. MIT is scheduled to play either Babson College or Wellesley College on Wednesday at 4:30 pm at Briggs Field.

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