Softball Pushes Across 21 Runs in Two Game Sweep of Wheaton

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No. 5 MIT 8, Wheaton College 0 (5 Innings)
No. 5 MIT 13, Wheaton College 0 (5 Innings)

Records: No. 5 MIT (11-5, 5-1 NEWMAC); Wheaton College (13-9, 1-5 NEWMAC)

Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Briggs Field)

The Lead: Junior Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) registered her 100th career hit and pitchers Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) and Colleen Campbell (Snoqualmie, Wash.) both notched complete game shutouts as the No. 5 MIT softball team swept Wheaton College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon at Briggs Field.


- After Nasser struck out the side in order in the top of the first, junior Madi Pickett (Santa Barbara, Calif.)roped a three-run triple down the left field line to five the Engineers an early 3-0 lead. Pickett's triple plated Goetz and classmate Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.), who both reached on errors and first-year Anya Chase (Wells, Maine), who earned a walk.

- MIT pushed its lead to 5-0 in the third frame after sophomore Phoebe Li (Morganville, N.J.)scored on a wild pitch and Von Ahn scored on a dropped fly ball by the right fielder. 

- The Engineers ended the game in the bottom of the fifth with three more runs. Chase doubled to left center, moved to second on a single by junior Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas) and scored on a groundout by Pickett. Then with two runners on, Nasser helped her own cause with a two-run double to the gap ending the game with MIT ahead 8-0.  


- Nasser improved to 5-3 in the circle as she scattered two hits, allowed two walks and struck out a season-high 11 batters. Wheaton starter Shelbi Wilson took the loss (7-6) on three innings, two hits, five unearned runs and one walk.

- Pickett powered the MIT offense four RBI performance which tied a career-high for the junior. Nasser drove in two runs, while Chase and Von Ahn both came across the plate to score two runs apiece.


- The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third when the Engineers put together three runs. Goetz led off the inning with a triple and scored on an RBI double by first-year Julia Chatterjee (Hinsdale, Ill.) Chatterjee then scored on an RBI triple to right center by Von Ahn and Von Ahn came across to score on an RBI groundout by Wist.

- MIT took advantage of four Wheaton errors in the bottom of the fourth and scored ten times to make the score 13-0. The ten-run frame was highlighted by a two-run triple by Pickett and a two-run single by Von Ahn. Eight different Engineers tallied at least one RBI in the inning that spanned 15 batters.


- Campbell improved to 6-2 for MIT as she scattered three hits, allowed one run and struck out six Lyons in the nightcap, while Wilson once again took the loss (7-7) on 2.1 innings, three hits, three earned runs and a trio of walks.

- At the top of the lineup, Goetz went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI and became the ninth student-athlete in program history to register 100 career hits. Behind Goetz, Chatterjee went 2-for-3 with two runs and a pair of RBI, while Von Ahn went 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBI. 


- MIT continues NEWMAC play on Friday, April 5 with a trip across the city to Emerson College. First pitch from Rotch Field is slated for 3:00 pm.


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