Softball Rallies For Game One Win, Falls In Game Two To Earn Split With Wellesley

Sophomore Erika Anderson
Sophomore Erika Anderson

THE BASICS:

- Scores:

Game One – MIT 6, Wellesley College 3
Game Two – Wellesley College 4, MIT 2

- Records: MIT (21-7, 11-5 NEWMAC); Wellesley College (17-8, 11-5 NEWMAC)

- Location: Wellesley, Mass. (Wellesley Softball Field)

- The Lead: The MIT softball team, ranked No. 4 in the initial NCAA Division III Northeast Regional rankings, used a seventh inning rally to defeat Wellesley College, 6-3, in game one but fell 4-2 in the nightcap to earn a two-game split with the Blue in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

Game One

- Trailing 3-1 in the top of the seventh, MIT pushed across five runs to secure the 6-3 game one victory. Sophomore Erika Anderson (Carlsbad, Calif.), classmate pinch hitter Kim Veldee (Kirkland, Wash.) and senior Monica Shifflet (Poway, Calif.) all singled in consecutive at-bats to load the bases with no one out. In the very next at-bat, junior Jasmin Joseph (Woodland Hills, Calif.) brought home two on a single through the right side and was followed by Natalie Shifflet (Poway, Calif.), who laid down a bunt single to bring home M. Shifflet to take the 4-3 lead.

- The Engineers got a pair of insurance runs when Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) brought home pinch runner Amber VanHemel (Coconut Creek, Fla.) on a groundout to second and after Ali Trueworthy (Rochester, N.H.) doubled in VanHemel.

- Wellesley's Anna Pisac walked and stole second to begin the bottom of the seventh and after Kendall Smith fouled out, Autumn Brown reached on a throwing error. Both runners moved to second and third, respectively, on a wild pitch, but MIT starter Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) got Kalei Oliver to ground into a double play to give the Engineers the game one victory.

- MIT got on the board first in the top of the opening inning as Von Ahn singled in Joseph on a hard hit ball through the right side, but Wellesley answered in their half as Pisac roped a two-run triple down the right field line to give the hosts the 2-1 lead. The Blue would add one more in the bottom of the sixth before the Engineers exploded for five in the seventh to win the game.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Nasser earned her 11th win of the spring as she improved to 11-4 with a complete game effort in the circle for the Engineers. The sophomore allowed three runs (one earned), seven hits, five walks and struck out five with 139 pitches this afternoon. Wellesley starter Madeline Bianchi yielded six runs (four earned), ten hits, two walks and a pair of strikeouts as she fell to 5-5.

- Both Joseph and Goetz registered two hits for MIT, while Von Ahn drove in two runs and was joined by Joseph, N. Shifflet and Trueworthy as they all drove in one in the first game. Joseph also stole her 17th and 18th bases of the spring with her 2-for-2 effort on the base paths.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

Game Two:

- In game two, MIT had a 2-1 lead after Anderson singled home Von Ahn in the second and Trueworthy on a sacrifice fly in the fourth. In bottom of the fifth, however, Wellesley's Pisac drilled a two-run homer over the centerfield fence and then Oliver brought home Smith on a sacrifice fly to regain the advantage, 4-2.

- MIT tried to answer in the sixth after Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) started the inning with a single down the leftfield line, but Anderson lined into a double play and Sierra Rosenzweig (Anchorage, Alaska) grounded out to end the frame. Wellesley starter Sydney Hopper got the Engineers out 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh as the two teams split today's doubleheader.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Hopper moved to 6-1 for the Blue as she picked up the win in game two. Hopper allowed two runs (both earned), seven hits, two walks and struck out three over seven innings, while MIT starter Deanna Delgado (Miami, Fla.) shouldered the loss (5-2) on four runs (three earned), seven hits, two walks and two strikeouts over four and one-third innings for the Engineers. VanHemel was effective out of the pen over the final one and two-thirds innings as she allowed just one hit and a walk.

- Von Ahn and Goetz both tallied two-hit performances in the second game, while Anderson drove in both of MIT's run in the nightcap. In addition, Anderson stole her first base of the spring and Goetz swiped her ninth of the year.

UP NEXT:

- Both teams will close out their NEWMAC schedules tomorrow afternoon. MIT (21-7, 11-5 NEWMAC) will head to WPI for a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m., while Wellesley (17-8, 11-5 NEWMAC) heads to Springfield College for a pair of games starting at noon.

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