No. 24 MIT 13, University of Chicago 5 (Six Innings)
No. 24 MIT 6, University of Southern Maine 3
- Records: MIT (2-0), University of Chicago (7-4), University of Southern Maine (6-6)
- Location: Clermont, Fla. (Legends Way # 4)
- The Lead: A six run sixth inning against the University of Chicago and a five run fifth against the University of Southern Maine aided the No. 24 nationally-ranked MIT softball team to a 2-0 start to the 2017 season and clean beginning to the trip to Florida.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Game One vs. University of Chicago (Six Innings)
- Tied at 4-4 through three innings, MIT's offense exploded for three runs in the fourth and six in the sixth to secure the 13-5 season-opening victory. In the bottom of the fourth, sophomore starting pitcher Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) helped her own cause with an RBI double that bounced of the top of the centerfield fence and then she came around to score on a throwing error by the Maroons. Senior captain Ali Trueworthy (Rochester, N.H.) followed Nasser to the plate for the Engineers' third run of the frame on the same play as MIT took the 6-4 advantage from Chicago.
- In the sixth, MIT used five hits to plate six runs as the Cardinal and Gray made the run differential eight and ended the contest after six frames. With one out in the inning, Nasser singled up the middle and was run for by freshman Sierra Rosenzweig (Anchorage, Alaska). The freshman stole her first collegiate base on the very next play and then scored from second on a double to right field by classmate Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas).
- After sophomore Erika Anderson (Carlsbad, Calif.) reached on an infield single, MIT got a pair of runs via two throwing errors in the same play from Chicago. Senior Monica Shifflet (Poway, Calif.) got on base via a throwing miscue by the pitcher and in the same play Anderson and Wist came around to score when the right fielder threw the ball over the third baseman's head.
- Freshman Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) then doubled home junior Jasmin Joseph (Woodland Hills, Calif.) and M. Shifflet for her first collegiate RBI's and in the next at-bat was brought home on a single through the right side from junior Zoe Hinton (Aurora, Colo.).
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Both Von Ahn and Nasser produced three hit games to go along with two RBI's for the Engineers. Additionally, 12 different members of the MIT softball team crossed the plate accounting for the 13 runs scored.
- In the circle, Nasser (1-0) tossed a complete game yielding five runs (four earned), nine hits, four walks and one strike out for her first win of the season, while Chicago pitcher Megan Stoppelman, who came on in relief, took the loss (1-1) as she allowed ten hits, ten runs (two earned) and three walks in three and 2/3 innings for the Maroons.
- Five different Engineers recorded their first stolen bases of the season as Joseph, Trueworthy, Rosenzweig, senior Natalie Shifflet (Poway, Calif.) and classmate Helen Rosenthal (Bethesda, Md.) all swiped bags this morning.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Game Two vs. University of Southern Maine
- Trailing 1-0 in the top of the fifth, MIT put a five-spot on the board as the Engineers took their first and only needed lead of the game to sweep action on day one in Florida.
- MIT loaded the bases to start the frame as Hinton singled to center, Trueworthy singled through the left side and freshman Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) bunt-singled to third. With one out in the inning, M. Shifflet reached on an error scoring Rosenzweig from third and was followed by Joseph, who drew a bases-loaded walk. With the bases still loaded, N. Shifflet drilled a sacrifice-fly to center, scoring Goetz and then Von Ahn roped a single to center scoring Joseph and M. Shifflet for the 5-1 lead.
- After Southern Maine cut its deficit to two (5-3) by scoring one in the fifth and one in the sixth, MIT registered an insurance run in the seventh to secure the win. Joseph singled up the middle and moved to second on a great sacrifice but by N. Shifflet. But with two outs in the inning, a wild pitch that reached the back stop brought Joseph all the way around from second, making the score 6-3.
- MIT junior Deanna Delgado (Miami, Fla.) went back to the circle for the seventh and put runners on first and third, but she worked her way out of the jam to leave MIT ahead 6-3 and seal the second win of the day for the Engineers.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- At the top of the lineup, Joseph was 2-for-2, scored a pair of runs and drew two walks. Von Ahn continued her successful debut with a team-high two RBI's for four on the day. Additionally, six different Engineers accumulated the seven MIT hits, while five different Engineers crossed the plate in today's second game.
- Delgado (1-0) twirled a complete game as she gave up three runs (one earned) and seven hits to go along with a pair of punchouts. Huskies' starter Amber Kelly (2-3) took the loss on five innings pitched as she gave up five runs (three earned), six hits, two walks and struck out three.
- MIT (2-0) returns to action tomorrow with a pair of games in Clermont. The Engineers begin with a 9:00 a.m. contest against SUNY-Potsdam and will follow it up with an 11:30 a.m. match against Middlebury College.
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Watch sophomore Ravenne Nasser blast a ball off the top of the fence against UChicago on 3-25-17!