NORTON, Mass. – For the first time since the 1986 season, the No. 22 nationally ranked MIT softball team swept Wheaton College on Saturday afternoon in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader at Clark Field. The Engineers used a seventh inning rally to take game one 5-4 and came from behind in game two, 10-6, to secure the sweep and remain perfect in league contests.
Game One: MIT 5, Wheaton 4
MIT senior Alexandra Marshall (Glen Head, N.Y.) earned the win (14-4) on a complete game effort allowing four runs (all earned), eight hits, two walks alongside seven strikeouts. Wheaton junior Danielle Cimino (Cumberland, Maine) took the loss on seven innings, five runs (all earned) ten hits, two walks, and three punchouts.
Scoreless after three full innings, MIT got on the board first when junior Monica Shifflet (Poway, Calif.) reached on a fielders choice plating freshman Erika Anderson (Carlsbad, Calif.) which was followed by a sacrifice fly by Lee for the 2-0 lead. Wheaton answered and took its first lead in the bottom of the fifth when junior Mary DeMoura (Boston, Mass.) launched a three run homer over the right field fence.
Trailing 3-2 in the top of the seventh with runners on first and second, senior Tori Jensen (Holliston, Mass.) quickly cleared the bases with a two-run triple to left field taking the 4-3 advantage back. In the very next at-bat, freshman Kim Veldee (Kirkland, Wash.) brought home Jensen on an RBI single roped to center. Sophomores Amanda Lee (Saratoga, Calif.) and Zoe Hinton (Aurora, Colo.) started the rally with back-to-back one out singles to set up the Engineers offense.
Wheaton attempted to do what MIT did in the top of the seventh with a late rally after DeMoura got things started with a one out double. Senior Kelly Welch (Wood Dale, Ill.) brought her home to cut the lead to 5-4, but Marshall got junior Emily Bouthillette (Lincoln, R.I.) to ground out to third to end the game.
Game Two: MIT 10, Wheaton 6
In the second game, Shifflet and Hinton each had three RBI's, while sophomore Jasmin Joseph (Woodland Hills, Calif.) drove in two and junior Ali Trueworthy (Rochester, N.H.) notched her first home run of the season and second of her career.
After freshmen Amber VanHemel (Coconut Creek, Fla.) and Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) got chased from the game after combining for five runs (all earned), nine hits, two walks and two strikeouts over the opening 2 2/3 innings, Marshall came on to secure the win over the final 4 1/3 frames shutting down the potent Wheaton offense. The senior allowed just one hit, an unearned run and puched out four to improve to 15-4 this year. Lyons freshman Shelbi Wilson (Peabody, Mass.) shouldered the loss (1-1) on five innings, seven runs (six earned), eight hits and a walk.
The Engineers scored three early runs in the first thanks in part to Lee's RBI single and Hinton's two run double, but the Lyons came back with five unanswered scores to lead 5-3 after three innings. MIT then took the lead back for good in the fourth after Joseph lined a two run double to left center and Shifflet brought home Joseph on a single down the right field line.
Trueworthy extended MIT's lead to 7-5 when she rocketed her first home run of the season over the fence in center field in the top of the fifth. Wheaton would get a run back in the bottom of the sixth, but it wasn't enough as the Engineers added two in the top of the final inning to end the game by a 10-6 score.
Marshall retired the final five batters of the game, which included two strikeouts in the seventh securing the sweep of Wheaton and remain undefeated in NEWMAC contests (14-0).
MIT (23-5, 14-0 NEWMAC) travels to the three-time defending national champions Tufts University for an out of league twinbill on Tuesday, April 19 beginning at 3:00 p.m., while Wheaton (15-11, 9-5 NEWMAC) is scheduled to play Rhode Island College in a make up doubleheader from April 5 tomorrow afternoon with first pitch slated for 3:30 p.m.