Records Fall as Softball Takes Two From Springfield on Senior Day

Records Fall as Softball Takes Two From Springfield on Senior Day

THE BASICS:

- Scores:

Game One – MIT 6, Springfield College 3
Game Two – MIT 5, Springfield College 1

- Records: MIT (21-4-1, 13-1 NEWMAC); Springfield College (18-8, 6-6 NEWMAC)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Briggs Field)

- The Lead: The MIT softball team broke two records, tied another and extended its winning streak to 12 as the Engineers swept Springfield College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Briggs Field. Prior to the start of today's first game, MIT honored its four seniors including Jasmin Joseph (Woodland Hills, Calif.), Zoe Hinton (Aurora, Colo.), Amanda Lee (Saratoga, Calif.) and Katherine Shade (Glencoe, Ill.) for their contributions to the program over the past four years.

HOW IT HAPPENED – GAME ONE:

- Springfield scored the opening run of the game in the top of the first inning when Kirsten Drobiak lined a single to center field which brought home Talia Loda from second base. Loda walked to begin the game and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt.

- MIT answered in the bottom of the third with a pair of runs to take the lead, 2-1. Shade began the third with a double to left center and then with one out, Joseph singled and advanced to second on the throw. During the next at-bat, sophomore Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) dropped down a bunt which plated Shade and a throwing error by Loda allowed Joseph to come all the way around from second to score MIT's second run.

- The Engineers broke the game open in the bottom of the fifth as a pair of errors allowed MIT to rally. Shade, who struck out to begin the inning, reached on a passed ball and sophomore Madi Pickett (Santa Barbara, Calif.) reached on a fielder's choice and moved to second on an error by the third baseman. Joseph then brought home Shade on a groundout, Goetz plated Pickett on an RBI triple, Lee bunted in Goetz and sophomore Sierra Rosenzweig (Anchorage, Alaska) tripled in Lee as the Engineers extended their lead to 6-1.

- Springfield attempted to rally in the top of the seventh and was able to score twice, but a ground out by Shelby Allen secured the game one win for the Engineers, 6-3.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT starter Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) improved to 12-2 as she allowed six hits, three runs (one earned), five walks and struck out five in her 12th start of the spring. Loda took the loss (9-4) for the Pride as she gave up seven hits, six runs (one earned) and struck out three over 4.2 innings in the circle.

- The top three hitters of the MIT lineup were very productive in the first game as Joseph went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run, Goetz went 1-for-3 with a run and two RBI and Lee went 1-for-3 with a run and one RBI as well.

- With the win in game one, the Engineers grabbed their 20th win of the spring marking the fourth straight season in which MIT has reached that win total.

HOW IT HAPPENED - GAME TWO:

- The MIT bats came alive early in game two as the Engineers scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning. After a leadoff triple by Joseph she came across with MIT's first run on a wild pitch. MIT then used back-to-back triples by sophomore Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) and Rosenzweig to make the score 3-0. A two out RBI single by Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas) brought home Rosenzweig and gave the Engineers a 4-0 lead.

- MIT starter Colleen Campbell (Snoqualmie, Wash.), after allowing two runners to reach base in the top of the first, set the Pride down 1-2-3 in the second, third and fourth innings before the Engineers' offense scored again in the fifth. After Wist reached base to start the inning, Joseph roped a triple to left center which not only gave MIT a 5-0 lead, but broke her own record for most triples in a single season as she now has six thus far in 2018.

- An RBI double by Drobiak in the top of the six was all of the offense Springfield would get as retired the final five batters she face to secure the sweep, extend MIT's winning streak to 12 and improve to 7-1 this spring.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Campbell (7-1) scattered just three hits, allowed one earned run and struck out six en route to the victory, while Shelby Allen took the loss for Springfield on five innings, ten hits, five runs, two walks and two strikeouts.

- Joseph's two hits came as triples in game two as she added a run and an RBI, while Rosenzweig went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI of her own from the fifth spot in the lineup.

- Joseph, Goetz, Von Ahn and Rosenzweig accounted for five triples in the nightcap which tied the program record for most in a single game set back in 1997 against WPI. Additionally, the team broke the single season record for triples as the Engineers have notched 20 of them thus far.

- MIT extended its winning streak to 12 and picked up its 21st win of the spring in game two which tied the Engineers win total from a season ago.

UP NEXT:

- MIT welcomes Johnson and Wales University to Cambridge for a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday, April 17 beginning at 3:00 p.m.

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