No. 25 MIT Runs Win Streak To Seven With Two Game Sweep Of Coast Guard

Junior Zoe Hinton
Junior Zoe Hinton

THE BASICS:

- Scores:

Game One - No. 25 MIT 1, U.S. Coast Guard Academy 0
Game Two - No. 25 MIT 6, U.S. Coast Guard Academy 1

- Records: MIT (17-3, 9-3 NEWMAC); U.S. Coast Guard Academy (13-15, 1-11 NEWMAC)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Briggs Field)

- The Lead: The MIT softball team, ranked No. 25 in the latest National Collegiate Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III National Poll, earned a two-game sweep of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy behind outstanding pitching and timely hitting from everyone who played in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader on Friday afternoon. The Engineers edged the Bears in game one by a 1-0 score and then used four runs in the first frame of the first game to win by a 6-1 final and secure the two-game set.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

Game One

- One run in the bottom of the third was all MIT needed in game one as sophomore starter Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) had another excellent performance in the circle. With one out in the third, junior Jasmin Joseph (Woodland Hills, Calif.) singled and stole her 14th base of the spring. The junior came around to score on an RBI single up the middle by freshman Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas) for her team-leading 16th RBI of the season.

- Nasser retired the five batters she faced, which included a 1-2-3 top of the seventh, to record her eighth win of the year. The sophomore scattered just four hits and threw 98 pitches – 65 for strikes – to improve to 8-2 tying her for third in the NEWMAC in wins.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- The Engineers registered six hits in game one as they were led by senior Natalie Shifflet (Poway, Calif.) and Wist, who both tallied two base knocks. N. Shifflet and freshman Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) also notched one double apiece in the first game, while Joseph and freshman Sierra Rosenzweig (Anchorage, Alaska) both stole one base in today's opening contest.

- Nasser picked up the win (8-2) in a complete game effort as she held Coast Guard to just four hits and tied a season and career-high with eight strikeouts. Bears starter Julia Ferris shouldered the loss (6-9) as she allowed one run (earned) and six hits.

- MIT extended its shutout streak to a program-record six games, a mark that stretched all the way back to last Saturday against Springfield. The Engineers went six innings deep in game two before giving up a run, which ended the streak at 45 and two-thirds innings since allowing a runner to cross home plate.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

Game Two:

- MIT wasted little time scoring in game two after grinding out the opening game victory. The Engineers used an RBI double from Wist, a two-run triple by junior Zoe Hinton (Aurora, Colo.) and a RBI single through the left side by senior Ali Trueworthy (Rochester, N.H.) to account for their four runs in the frame. Joseph and N. Shifflet started the inning with back-to-back singles to get the rallied going for the Engineers.

- Freshman Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) added to MIT's lead in the bottom of the second as she brought home Joseph on an RBI single to left center. With one out in the inning, Joseph registered he second single of the game and moved to second on an infield bunt hit by N. Shifflet.

- MIT starter Deanna Delgado (Miami, Fla.) had a no-hitter going through the top of the sixth when Coast Guard broke the Engineers streak of 45 consecutive scoreless innings. Delgado got the first two outs in the inning, but with runners on first and second freshman Audrey Bartz lined a single over the shortstop's head to break up the no-hit bid and to the Bears on the board and make the score 6-1.

- Sophomore Amber VanHemel (Coconut Creek, Fla.) came on in relief and allowed the first two batters she faced to reach, but after getting the first out on a pop out to first, VanHemel got the final two batters out to secure the sweep for MIT.


INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Delgado earned her fifth win of the spring (5-1) in a six inning effort as she allowed one unearned run and one hit, while walking two and striking out a pair. Ferris took the loss for Coast Guard on two innings, five runs (all earned) and eight hits. Kylie Vaverek came out of the pen for the Bears and yielded one run (earned), five hits and one strikeout over the final four innings.

- Hinton's triple in the first inning was her first of the season and second of her collegiate career, while Wist, Goetz and Trueworthy all notched doubles in game two.

- Offensively, Trueworthy and Hinton paced MIT's offense with two RBI's apiece and were joined by Wist and Von Ahn, who both added one RBI to the Engineers' total today. As MIT's leadoff hitters, Joseph and N. Shifflet combined for a 5-for-7 effort with three runs scored.

UP NEXT:

- MIT (17-3, 9-3 NEWMAC) continues NEWMAC play tomorrow with a doubleheader at home against Wheaton College beginning at noon. Prior to the game the Engineers will honor their four graduating seniors in a brief pregame ceremony. Coast Guard (13-15, 1-11 NEWMAC) returns home to play Clark in a conference twinbill beginning at 12:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon.

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