NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College softball team honor its seniors on Saturday at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) double-header against the MIT Engineers for Senior Day. The Lyons dropped both games against the No. 22 nationally ranked Engineers 5-4 and 10-6.
The Lyons move to 15-11 overall and 9-5 in conference action while the Engineers improve their perfect NEWMAC record to 14-0 and advance to 23-5 overall. MIT is currently ranked first in the NEWMAC standings while Wheaton holds the No. 3 spot.
GAME 1 - MIT 5, Wheaton 4
The first three innings remained quiet as each team's defense held the opponent to zero runs across the plate. MIT was first to get on the board when they tacked on two runs in the fourth inning when Natalie Shifflet scored in Erika Anderson off a fielder's choice. Amanda Lee followed up with a sac fly to to right field that pushed in Katherine Shade to bring MIT up 2-0.
Wheaton took control of the momentum in the bottom of the fifth when Mary DeMoura crushed a home run to right field that scored in three to give the Lyons the lead. The Engineers would rally with a three-run seventh inning off a triple and single that would give MIT the 5-3 advantage entering the bottom half.
DeMoura began action in the seventh when she drilled a single to left field to get on base. Welch dished out a single to left field that brought in DeMoura to put the Lyons within one. But the Engineers would hang on for the 5-4 win as pitcher Alexandra Marshall improves to 14-4.
GAME 2 - MIT 10, Wheaton 6
The Engineers jumped on the board right away with three runs in the first inning. Emily Bouthillette would tally Wheaton's first RBI of the game with a single to left field to bring in Hart. Katelyn Andrade would help the Lyons tack on one more run before the first inning was over when she drilled a hard hit to score in Timoteo.
MIT would go on to add runs in each of the last four innings including two in the seventh from a single to right center. Wheaton would try to rally in the bottom half, but come up just short.
Pitcher Alexandra Marshall registered the win for MIT and moves to 15-4 on the season.
The Lyons keep the action at home on Sunday when they battle Rhode Island College in a non-conference make-up double-header beginning at 12 p.m. at Clark Field