Nasser Named NEWMAC Pitcher of the Year; Four Engineers Earn All-Conference Honors in 2019

Nasser Named NEWMAC Pitcher of the Year; Four Engineers Earn All-Conference Honors in 2019

Cambridge, Mass. (May 8) - For the second consecutive season, MIT senior Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) has been named as the 2019 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Softball Pitcher of the Year. Additionally, junior Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) and Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas) as well as sophomore Colleen Campbell (Snoqualmie, Wash.) earned spots on the All-Conference teams this season.

Nasser, the program's first two-time NEWMAC Pitcher of the Year, earned a spot on the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team and was joined by Goetz and Campbell on the First Team, while Wist earned a spot on the Second Team and was named to the NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship Team this year. For Nasser this marks her third selection to the All-Conference teams, while Goetz picked up her second career honor. Wist and Campbell are first time selections to the All-Conference teams.

Nasser has led the NEWMAC this season in three statistical categories including earned run average (1.42), complete games (18) and wins (16) and also ranked second in strikeouts (120) over 143 innings in the circle for the Engineers. Nasser was named as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III National Pitcher of the Week in April for no-hitting Clark twice on the same day in back-to-back games.

In 18 games this year for MIT, Campbell has a record of 11-4 with an earned run average of 1.43 as well as 99 strikeouts, one save and ten complete games over 98.1 innings in the circle. Campbell's ERA ranks second in the NEWMAC and her strikeout total is fourth in the league. Between Nasser and Campbell, the duo has guided the Engineers to the fifth lowest team ERA in Division III this season at 1.45.

Wist has paced the Engineers with a .357 batting average and has tallied four home runs, 40 hits and 24 RBI. The junior has also notched an on base percentage of .403, a slugging percentage of .589, scored 18 runs and has thrown out ten runners at second base from behind the plate. Her four home runs thus far tied her previous career-high from last season and tied the single season program record that was set a season ago.

Goetz, MIT's everyday third baseman, has posted a batting average of .348, an on base percentage of .460 and a slugging percentage of .616 over 37 games for the Engineers this year. The junior broke the single season record for stolen bases as she has 26 on 27 attempts thus far and tied the single season record for home runs with four. Goetz has also tallied 19 RBI, four triples, ten doubles and 39 hits in 2019. 

These four Engineers have helped MIT to a fielding percentage of .979 over the course of the season as that number ranks second in all of Division III only behind the University of Texas-Tyler.

MIT (27-10-1) welcomes No. 23 Rowan University, Eastern Nazarene College and Husson University to Cambridge for the regional round of the 2019 NCAA Division III Softball Championship Tournament. The Engineers will play their first game against the Eagles of Husson University on Friday at 2:30 p.m. In the first game of the day, the 23rd-ranked Profs and Lions will play each other at noon.

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