No. 20 MIT & No. 12 Williams Split Super Regional Doubleheader on Friday

No. 20 MIT & No. 12 Williams Split Super Regional Doubleheader on Friday

THE BASICS:

- Scores:

Game One – No. 20 MIT 4, No. 12 Williams College 2
Game Two – No. 12 Williams College 1, No. 20 MIT 0

- Records: No. 20 MIT (37-9-1); No. 12 Williams College (39-7)

- Location: Williamstown, Mass. (Cole Field) - NCAA Division III Super Regionals

- The Lead: On the opening day of the 2018 Williamstown Super Regional, the No. 20 MIT softball team split two games with No. 12 Williams College to force a winner take all game three, which is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at a time to be determined later. The Engineers took game one, 4-2, before being edged by the Ephs, 1-0, in the nightcap.

HOW IT HAPPENED – GAME ONE:

- The Ephs took advantage of two errors in the bottom of the third to score the game's first two runs. After Riley Salvo and Lexi Curt reached on errors in their respective at-bats, Mackenzie Murphy plated Jessica Kim, who reached on a fielder's choice, on a bloop single down the right field line and then Kirsten Mapes gave Williams a 2-0 lead on a single up the middle who brought in Curt. 

- MIT cut the deficit in half in the top of the fifth when Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) knocked in Jasmin Joseph (Woodland Hills, Calif.), who reached on a fielder's choice, on a single through the left side after Sierra Rosenzweig (Anchorage, Alaska) began the frame with a single up the middle.

- The score remained 2-1 in favor of the Ephs until the Engineers rallied for three runs to secure the 4-2 win. After Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) got hit by a pitch with one out and Amanda Lee (Saratoga, Calif.) roped a double to left center, Von Ahn plated Goetz and tied the game at two with a sacrifice fly to left. In the next at-bat, Madi Pickett (Santa Barbara, Calif.) drilled a homer over the fence in center to give the Engineers a 4-2 lead. 

- Colleen Campbell (Snoqualmie, Wash.) closed game one in the seventh inning after allowing a one out walk to secure the 4-2 victory. Over three innings in the circle. Campbell picked up the win (12-3), did not surrender a hit, allowed three walks and struck out two her Super Regional debut.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Pickett and Von Ahn led the offensive attack for MIT as Von Ahn went 1-for-3 with two RBI and Pickett went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Pickett's homer was her fourth of the season which ties her for first on the team with Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas).

- MIT starter Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) pitched the first four innings and allowed three hits, two unearned runs, one walk and struck out one before Campbell tossed three no-hit frames. Williams starter Rebecca Duncan took the loss (17-4) on seven innings, six hits, four earned runs, two walks and seven strikeouts.

HOW IT HAPPENED - GAME TWO:

- A solo home run by Brenna Martinez in the top of the fifth inning was the difference in game two as the Ephs knotted the best of three series up at 1-1 with a 1-0 game two win.

- MIT had its best scoring chance in the bottom of the third after two errors by Williams and a single to center by Goetz loaded the bases with no outs. However, the Ephs got Lee to ground out and Pickett to line into a double play to end the threat.

- Williams starter Mackenzie Murphy retired the final 14 batters she faced to give the Ephs the 1-0 win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Murphy improved to 16-1 for Williams as she scattered just two hits in the nightcap, while Campbell took the loss on four innings, three hits, one earned run and two walks. Nasser came into the game for the Engineers and pitched three no-hit innings out of the pen.

- Goetz and Von Ahn provided the only hits for the Engineers, while Martinez notched her seventh home run of the season for the Ephs.

UP NEXT:

- MIT and Williams will play a winner take all game in this Super Regional on Sunday afternoon at a time to be determined later. Game three was originally scheduled for tomorrow but was moved due to incoming rain. 

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