- Score: No. 20 MIT 2, Framingham State University 0
- Records: MIT (34-7-1); Framingham State University (24-16)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Briggs, Field) – NCAA Cambridge Regional – Game 2
- The Lead: MIT junior Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) and freshman Colleen Campbell (Snoqualmie, Wash.) combined to throw a no-hitter in the Engineers 2-0 win over Framingham State University on the opening day of the Cambridge Regional in the 2018 NCAA Division III Softball Tournament. With the win, MIT improves to 34-7-1 and will face No. 18 Tufts University tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m. in the winner's bracket, while Framingham State will play UMass-Boston in an elimination game at 1:30 p.m.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Engineers scored one run in the bottom of the first inning and that is all of the offense they would need in today's victory over the Rams. Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) earned a one out walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Amanda Lee (Saratoga, Calif.) and scored on a double down the left field line by Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.).
- Nasser walked Dayna Marchant in the first and Kirsten Dick in the third, which accounted for the only runners to get on base for Framingham State in the 2-0 win.
- MIT added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Madi Pickett (Santa Barbara, Calif.) began the frame with a walk, then with one out Erika Anderson (Carlsbad, Calif.) singled through the right side. During Zoe Hinton's (Aurora, Colo.) at-bat and with Pickett on third, Anderson stole second and the throw sailed into centerfield which allowed Pickett to score MIT's second run of the day.
- Campbell returned to the circle for the seventh and got three straight outs to secure the win, the no-hitter and her second save of the spring.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Both Nasser (19-4) and Campbell struck out five in the no-hitter. Nasser had to throw just 69 pitches, while Campbell threw 31 over the final three frames. Framingham State starter Kelsi Gunarathne took the loss (15-7) on six innings, six hits, two runs (one earned), two walks and two strikeouts.
- Today's no-hitter marks the first-time in program history in which the Engineers have thrown two no-hitters in the same season. Earlier this year, Campbell no-hit Wheaton College which resulted in a 3-0 win in MIT's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener.
- Two other team records were tied in today's win for MIT. Von Ahn tied the record for single-season RBI as she now leads the team with 35 this spring and the Engineers as a team tied the program record for most wins and now have 34 heading into tomorrow's winner's bracket game. The RBI record is now a three-way tie among Lee and Tori Jensen '15, who both accomplished the feat in 2015.
- MIT moves into the winner's bracket and will face No. 18 Tufts University tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m., while Framingham State will play UMass-Boston in an elimination game at 1:30 p.m.