Cambridge, Mass. (May 16) – The No. 20 MIT softball team has advanced to the Super Regional round of the 2018 NCAA Division III Tournament and will play No. 12 Williams College in a best of three series in Williamstown, Massachusetts beginning on Friday, May 18 at 3:30 p.m. with games two and three scheduled for Saturday, May 19. The winner of the Super Regional will advance to the NCAA Division III Softball Championship next week in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
FRIDAY - Game 1 – No. 20 MIT vs. No. 12 Williams – 3:30 p.m.
FRIDAY - Game 2 – No. 20 MIT vs. No. 12 Williams – 5:30 p.m.
TBA - Game 3 – No. 20 MIT vs. No. 12 Williams – TBA (If Necessary)
MIT, coming off its second regional championship in three seasons, enters this weekend with an overall record of 36-8-1, which marks the most wins the Engineers have accumulated in a single year in program history. MIT advanced to the Super Regional after defeating Framingham State University and Tufts University twice to win the Cambridge Regional title yesterday afternoon. After the regional was over, four Engineers earned All-Tournament Team honors including Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.), Jasmin Joseph (Woodland Hills, Calif.), Colleen Campbell (Snoqualmie, Wash.) and Tournament Most Outstanding Player Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.).
Offensively, the Engineers are led by sophomore Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.), who broke the single-season RBI record on Monday afternoon and now has 36 to her credit this spring. The sophomore also has registered 56 hits, 15 doubles, five triples, one home run, 24 runs and a batting average of .366. The Engineers have three student-athletes with three or more home runs including Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas), who has four and Madi Pickett (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Goetz, who both have three.
In the circle Nasser, who was recently named as the NEWMAC Pitcher of the Year, is 20-4 this spring with 129 strikeouts, 14 complete games, one save and an ERA of 1.55. Campbell has also been dominant in the circle for the Engineers during her rookie campaign as she is 11-3 with two saves, seven, complete games, 114 strikeouts, and an ERA of 1.56. Last weekend at the Cambridge Regional, Nasser and Campbell combined for 35 innings, allowed just three runs (two earned), scattered 13 hits and 23 strikeouts. Additionally, the duo no-hit Framingham State in the NCAA opener last week marking the first time in program history in which the Engineers have thrown two no-hitters in the same season.
Williams won the Williamstown Regional over the weekend after defeating Husson University and Amherst College twice and are competing in its second-straight Super Regional. A year ago, Williams topped Babson College in three games to advance to the National Championship for the third time in program history. The Ephs enter the Super Regional round with a record of 38-6 and rank No. 12 in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III poll. As a team, Williams boasts one of the best offenses in the country as the Ephs have hit 62 home runs this season which ranks second in the country and has scored 327 runs.
Individually, NESCAC Player of the Year Lexi Curt has a team-best 14 homers and 47 RBI with a batting average of .426 as the Ephs everyday catcher. Pitchers Mackenzie Murphy and Rebecca Duncan, have combined for a record of 33-5, have thrown 219.2 innings, have struck out 191 batters and have registered a combined ERA of 1.66.
For all information regarding this weekend's Super Regional including live stats, video, photos, postgame interviews, check out the tournament page on the Williams College Athletics website here: Ephs to host NCAA Super Regional vs. MIT May 18-19