Lyons extend winning streak to 14 games
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Wheaton College softball team, ranked No. 21 in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), swept its conference doubleheader against MIT on Saturday afternoon at Briggs Field. The Lyons won both games by identical 5-3 scores.
Junior Jillian Rocha (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) registered her second win of the season in the circle for Wheaton tossing 1 1/3 scoreless innings out of the pen. Senior Emily Berardi (Boston, Mass./Boston Latin) was handed the no-decision on 5 2/3 innings pitched, five hits, three runs (all earned), one walk and two strikeouts.
MIT junior Alexandra Marshall (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore) took the loss on one inning pitched, two hits, three runs (two earned), zero walks and two strikeouts. Senior Ellie Fodor (Trenton, Mich./Trenton) shouldered the no-decision on six innings of work, eight hits, two runs (both earned), two walks and a game-high six strikeouts.
Wheaton led 2-0 after five innings of play as junior Emma Hart (Lincoln, R.I./Lincoln) drove home a run with an RBI single up the middle in the fourth and sophomore Caroline Fairbanks (Milford, Mass./Milford) knocked in the second run with a triple to right field in the fifth.
The Engineers countered in the bottom of the sixth with three runs on four hits, no errors and one runner left on base to claim a 3-2 advantage. First-year Jasmine Joseph (Woodland Hills, Calif./El Camino Real Charter) and junior Tori Jensen (Holliston, Mass./Holliston) notched RBI doubles, while first-year Amanda Lee (Saratoga, Calif./Saratoga) plated a run with a single to right field in between both extra-base hits.
Wheaton rallied in the top of the seventh against Marshall, who entered the contest looking for her first save of the season, with three runs on two hits, one error and one runner left on base.
Fairbanks provided the game-winning hit with one out as the sophomore first baseman crushed a double to right field to drive in classmates Morgan Walsh (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) and Emily Bouthillette (Lincoln, R.I./Lincoln) from second and third, respectively. Junior Kelly Welch (Wood Dale, Ill./Fenton) added an insurance run later in the frame with an RBI single up the middle to score Fairbanks.
Rocha worked a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the seventh inducing three ground balls, which included two to Erin Deneen (South Yarmouth, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) at second base.
Wheaton 5, MIT 3 (Game Two)
Sophomore Danielle Cimino (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) improved her record to 4-1 on the season tossing six innings alongside three hits, three runs (one earned), one walk and two strikeouts. Rocha collected her second save of the season allowing just one hit in the seventh.
Marshall also was dealt the loss in game two on seven innings pitched, seven hits, five runs (four earned), one walk and a game-high seven strikeouts.
MIT built up a 2-0 advantage in the bottom of the first inning as Lee singled home a run and sophomore Ali Trueworthy (Rochester, N.H./Spaulding) plated another with a ground out to short.
Bouthillette cut the deficit in half in the top of the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly to center field before junior Marissa Timoteo (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter) smashed a bases clearing double to center that scored Bouthillette, Fairbanks and classmate Madeline Hatch (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro) to give Wheaton a 4-2 lead.
In the top of the seventh, Fairbanks added an insurance run with an RBI single to right field, which drove in Hart, to put the score at 5-2.
MIT scored a run on a fielding error with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to make it 5-3, but Rocha locked up the victory despite having the go-ahead run at the plate with a fly out right field to complete the sweep.
Wheaton also extended its winning streak to 14-straight games today with the sweep tying the fourth longest run in program history. The school record for consecutive wins is 18, which was set from March 17 to April 11 in 1997.
Wheaton (20-3, 13-0 NEWMAC) travels to Roger Williams on Tuesday, April 14 for a non-conference doubleheader matchup at 3:30 p.m. MIT (14-4, 8-2 NEWMAC), who entered today's doubleheader on an eight-game winning streak, visits UMass Boston on Monday, April 13 for a non-conference twin bill at 3:30 p.m.