Softball Edged by MIT in Two NEWMAC Contests

Softball Edged by MIT in Two NEWMAC Contests

THE BASICS

-Score Game One: MIT 2, Clark University 0

-Score Game Two: MIT 1, Clark University 0

-Records: Clark University (8-14, NEWMAC 2-8), MIT (15-5, NEWMAC 9-1)

-Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Briggs Field)

-The Lead: MIT senior Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) no hit Clark University twice and drove in the game winning run in game two for the No. 16 nationally-ranked MIT softball team as the Engineers swept the Cougars in both ends of a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader in Cambridge on Saturday. 

HOW IT HAPPENED
Game One: MIT 2, Clark 0

-MIT scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the third as first-yearAnya Chase (Wells, Maine) drove in junior Sierra Rosenzweig (Anchorage, Alaska) on a sacrifice fly to right. Rosenzweig began the frame with a single up the middle, moved to second on a bunt single by classmate Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.), advanced to third on a sac bunt by first-year Julia Chatterjee (Hinsdale, Ill.) and came across to score on Chase's RBI fly out.

-Nasser helped her own cause with a sacrifice fly RBI in the bottom of the fourth to extend MIT's lead to 2-0. With one out in the inning, junior Madi Pickett (Santa Barbara, Calif.) singled through the left side, stole second and moved to third on a single to right by first-year Kassidy Peterson (Whitehouse Station, N.J.). Then Nasser drove her in on her fly out to right field for her third RBI of the spring.

-Nasser (7-3) struck out ten batters and allowed just two batters to reach base in game one. One of those batters reached on a walk and the other reached on a wild pitch after one of Nasser's ten punchouts. Clark starter junior Sarah Woods (Littleton, Mass.) took the loss (2-6) on six innings, seven hits, two earned runs and one strikeout.

-Peterson posted two of the Engineers seven hits in game one, while Chase knocked in her ninth run of the campaign.

-Nasser's no-hitter in game one was the sixth in program history and first of her collegiate career.

Game Two: MIT 1, Clark 0

-Nasser continued her dominance in game two and threw her second no-hitter of the day to secure the sweep. Clark had its best chance to score in the opening inning after the Cougars loaded the bases on an error and two walks, but Nasser got sophomore Kelsey Joyce (Leominster, Mass.) to strikeout swinging to end the threat.

-The game was scoreless until the fifth when once again Nasser helped her own cause with what proved to be the game winning RBI single. Junior Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas) began the fifth with a single and was pinch run for by first-year Deborah Torres (Portage, Mich.). Torres moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Pickett and to third on a groundout by Peterson. Nasser came to the plate and drilled a single to left giving the Engineers the 1-0 edge.

-Nasser allowed one batter to reach base in both the sixth and the seventh but secured her second no-hitter of the day after senior Taylor Erickson (Natick, Mass.) grounded out to third to end game two. 

-Nasser (8-3) became the first student-athlete in program history to record no-hitters against the same team on the same day during a doubleheader. In game two, the senior walked four and struck out seven to accomplish the feat. Erickson took the loss (2-4) on six innings, four hits, one earned run and three strikeouts. 

-MIT produced four hits which came from four different student-athletes including Chase, Wist, Peterson and Nasser. 

UP NEXT

-Clark hosts Brandeis on April 9th for a non-conference doubleheader starting at 3:00 p.m.

-MIT has a week off before it returns to action as the Engineers will travel to Wellesley College for another NEWMAC doubleheader on Friday, April 12 beginning at 3:00 pm.