Bats Explode as No. 22 Softball Sweeps Coast Guard 11-0 & 10-3

Senior Tori Jensen
Senior Tori Jensen

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The bats for nationally ranked MIT came alive as the Engineers produced 21 runs, three home runs and 32 hits in a two game sweep of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Friday afternoon at Nitchman Field.

MIT senior Tori Jensen (Holliston, Mass.) combined to go 6-for-8 with two home runs, seven RBI's and three runs scored. Her first round tripper in game two was her third of the season and ninth of her career, which breaks the program record set by Jenny Li '11 who had eight homers from 2008-2011.

Game One: MIT 11, Coast Guard 0

From the leadoff spot, sophomore Jasmin Joseph (Woodland Hills, Calif.) went 4-for-5 with four RBI's and three runs, sparking the MIT offensive attack.

Senior Alexandra Marshall (Glen Head, N.Y.) moved to 13-4 after no-hitting Coast Guard through five innings in the circle for MIT. The senior struck out nine and walked one as her ERA moved to 0.65 thus far on the year. Freshman Amber VanHemel (Coconut Creek, Fla.) came on for two innings of relief giving up just one hit and converting on three punch outs. Bears' senior Sarah Sorensen (Lakewood, Wash.) shouldered the loss (5-17) in a complete game effort on 17 hits, 11 runs (nine earned), two walks and a strikeout.

Leading 3-0 after four, MIT broke the game wide open by scoring eight runs over the final three innings to secure the game one victory, 11-0. Jensen began the outbreak with an RBI double down the left field line and a run scoring single by junior Ali Trueworthy (Rochester, N.H.) in the fifth.

In the sixth, both Joseph and sophomore Zoe Hinton (Aurora, Colo.) notched RBI singles pushing the lead to 7-0, while Joseph, sophomore Amanda Lee (Saratoga, Calif.) and Jensen registered run scoring base knocks accounting for the 11-0 score.

Game Two: MIT 10, Coast Guard 3

MIT freshman Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) came on relief in the bottom of the first yielding zero runs, four hits, two walks and seven strikeouts, pushing her record to 5-1 this season. Sophomore Emily Dow (Topsfield, Mass.) took the loss (1-2) for the hosts on four innings, six runs (three earned), ten hits and three walks.

After Coast Guard put up three runs in the opening frame, MIT answered with three of its own in the third when Hinton roped an RBI single to center and Jensen lined a two-run home run over the fence in left field to tie the game.

The Engineers added three more in the fourth when Jensen registered her second homer of the game – this time a three run shot to center field. In the top of the seventh, MIT broke the game open as sophomore Katherine Shade (Glencoe, Ill.) lined an RBI single to right scoring Trueworthy and junior Monica Shifflet (Poway, Calif.) notched her first career home run – a three run dinger – over the wall in left extending the lead to 11-3.

VanHemel came on to pitch a 1-2-3 final frame for MIT, which included back-to-back swinging strikeouts to end the game and secure the sweep.

Both teams return to action tomorrow afternoon for NEWMAC doubleheaders beginning at noon. MIT (21-5, 12-0 NEWMAC) travels to Wheaton College, while Coast Guard (8-24, 1-11 NEWMAC) heads to Clark University.