No. 19 MIT Earns First NEWMAC Wins Of Spring With Two Game Sweep Of Emerson

Freshman Madi Pickett
Freshman Madi Pickett

THE BASICS:

- Score:

No. 19 MIT 8, Emerson College 2
No. 19 MIT 6, Emerson College 1

- Records:
MIT (10-2, 2-2 NEWMAC); Emerson College (4-15, 0-4 NEWMAC)

- Location:
Boston, Mass. (Rotch Field)

- The Lead:
The No. 19 nationally-ranked MIT softball team earned its first league wins of the 2017 campaign this afternoon as the Engineers swept Emerson College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader at Rotch Field. In addition, MIT junior Jasmin Joseph (Woodland Hills, Calif.) became the all-time program leader in runs scored, which was held for 31 years by Stacy Thompson, with her three tonight as she set the new standard at 92 with many more games to come.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

Game One

- Trailing 2-0 after three  innings, junior Zoe Hinton (Aurora, Colo.) got MIT on the board with an RBI double that plated senior Natalie Shifflet (Poway, Calif.), who reached herself on a two-bagger. The Engineers then registered five runs in the fifth, one in the sixth and one in the seventh to secure the 8-2 game one victory.

- After freshman Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) and senior Monica Shifflet (Poway, Calif.) began the fifth with back-to-back singles, Joseph doubled both of them home before freshman Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas) plated Joseph on an RBI single. With two outs in the inning and the bases loaded, both sophomore Erika Anderson (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Goetz drew walks giving the Engineers a 6-2 advantage.

- In the sixth, Wist brought home Joseph on an RBI double and in the seventh Goetz scored on an error by the catcher to give MIT its eighth run. Engineers starter Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) came back to the circled and got the Lions 1-2-3 on a ground out, line out and a strike out to seal MIT's first conference win of the spring.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Hinton paced the Engineers with a game-high three hits on a 3-for-3 performance, which included a pair of doubles, while Joseph, Wist and Goetz all tallied a pair of hits. Additionally, Joseph drove in two runs and scored two of her own and Wist registered a pair of RBI's as well.

- Nasser earned her fourth win (4-1) in her fourth complete game of the spring as the sophomore allowed two runs (one earned), scattered six hits, walked three and tied a career-high with eight strikeouts, which she has accomplished three times this season. Emerson starter Keely Marquez (2-7) shouldered the loss on four and one-third innings pitched as she gave up six runs (all earned), eight hits and one walk.

- Wist registered her first collegiate stolen base, while Goetz is now a perfect 4-for-4 in stolen bags this season with her one tonight.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

Game Two

- Much as they did in game one, one big offensive inning for the Engineers was all they needed to sweep the two-game set. MIT scored one in the third, four in the fourth and one in the fifth to win the second game by a 6-1 score. In the third, Joseph brought home her third run of the day with an RBI double, which plated freshman Madi Pickett (Santa Barbara, Calif.) as the Engineers held a 1-0 advantage through three.

- Pickett then came to the plate in the fourth and drove in two of her own on her first collegiate double. The freshman's two RBI's is also a career-best for Pickett. In the very next at-bat, Goetz launched her first career homerun over the fence in centerfield, bringing home Pickett, to give MIT the 5-0 lead. Emerson, however, got one back in the fourth when Kodie Cash answered with a solo homerun of her own.

- In the fifth, MIT registered an insurance run to take a 5-1 lead when Wist doubled home Joseph for her third RBI of the afternoon. Engineers' starter Amber VanHemel (Coconut Creek, Fla.) set down the final seven batters of the game in order, which included a pair of strikeouts to preserve the 5-1 MIT advantage and the two-game sweep of Emerson on Friday afternoon in Boston.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Pickett and Goetz paced MIT with two RBI's apiece, while the Engineers five hits came from five different student-athletes including Joseph, Wist, senior captain Ali Trueworthy (Rochester, N.H.), Pickett and Goetz.

- Joseph was also one of three Engineers with a stolen base in game two as she took two bases and was followed by Trueworthy and Pickett, who each stole on bag each.

- VanHemel improved to a perfect 4-0 as she allowed just one run (earned), scattered four hits and walked one to go along with three punchouts, while Cash suffered the loss (2-5) in relief for the Lions on four innings, five runs (all earned), four hits, one walk and three strikeouts.

- MIT is now 8-1 all-time against Emerson in the series, which dates back to 1999 and have registered all eight wins consecutively after the Lions took the first game of the head-to-head matchup at the end of the '99 season.

UP NEXT:

- MIT (10-2, 2-2 NEWMAC) heads to No. 20 Springfield College for a NEWMAC twinbill between two nationally-ranked programs beginning at 12:00 p.m. tomorrow, while Emerson (4-15, 0-4 NEWMAC) heads to WPI for a conference doubleheader on Sunday, April 9 at a time to be determined later.

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