CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Wheaton College softball team defeated the No. 25 ranked MIT Engineers in game one of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) double-header, 4-3 in extra innings, before falling in game two, 3-2, on Saturday hosted at Briggs Field.
With the split wins, MIT advances to 18-4 overall and 10-4 in NEWMAC while Wheaton moves to 15-13 overall and 10-4 in NEWMAC play.
GAME ONE: Wheaton 4, MIT 3 (8 inn.)
The Engineers got on the board first in the opening inning as Michelle Wist brought Jasmin Joseph home on a bunt single. Joseph had reached base on a single down the left field line, stole second and moved to third on a ground out by N. Shifflet. Wist doubled MIT's in a very similar fashion as the first inning as she plated Joseph on a single to right center. Joseph reached base on a walk and swiped her 14th bag of the spring.
The game would remain at 2-0 until Wheaton tied the contest with two runs of its own in the top of the seventh. Pinch hitter first-year Jade Assad doubled home senior Danielle Cimino, while sophomore Shelbi Wilson singled through the left side to bring home Assad from third. Assad moved from second to third on a ground out by senior Jessica Cochrane.
MIT attempted to walk-off with the game one win in the bottom of the seventh but pinch runner Sierra Rosenzweig was thrown out at the plate trying to give the Engineers the victory. The bases were loaded with two outs, but Wist lined out to shortstop, which sent the game to extra innings.
In the top of the eighth using the international tiebreaker, senior Morgan Walsh used a sacrifice bunt to move Seifert to third. Sophomore Emily Schlapak then walked and stole second and with two outs in the innings, Cimino singled through the left side to bring home both runners for the 4-2 lead. MIT tried to answer in the bottom half and was able to get one run when Rosenthal, who was placed on second to start the frame, scored when the Lyons threw the ball into right field on a ground out. It was pitcher Cimino that came back and got three straight outs to preserve the 4-3 road victory for the Lyons.
Cimino earned the win for Wheaton (9-4) on eight innings as she gave up three runs (two earned), eight hits, walked four and struck out six.
GAME TWO: MIT 3, Wheaton 2
In game two, Wheaton registered two runs in the top of the third for an early 2-0 advantage. With runners on second and third, senior Mary DeMoura plated junior Alexis Havrilla on a sacrifice fly to left and Rebecca Seifert came across to score from third on an MIT throwing error.
The Engineers answered with one run in the third and one in the fifth as game was even heading into the sixth. In the third, Joseph began the frame with a double down the left field line and moved third on a fielding error by the left fielder. N. Shifflet then brought her home from third on an unassisted groundout to first. Much as she did in the third Joseph got things started for the Engineers in the fifth as this time she tripled down the right field line. After Wheaton starter Allison Cox got the next two batters out, Zoe Hinton singled to center to bring home Joseph and tie the game.
MIT took the lead in the bottom of sixth when N. Shifflet plated Madi Pickett on an infield single to shortstop. The Engineers loaded the bases after Pickett singled to right, M. Shifflet reached on a fielder's choice and Joseph earned a walk.
Nasser returned to the circle in the seventh and shut down the Wheaton offense to give MIT the 3-2 win and the NEWMAC split.
Wheaton junior starter Allison Cox moved to 3-7 on six innings, 10 hits, three runs (two earned), one walk and two strikeouts.
Wheaton hosts Smith College next on Friday at Clark Softball Field for another NEWMAC double-header opening action at 3 p.m.
*release courtesy MIT Athletics