Softball Swept by MIT in Two Close Games on Saturday 2-1 and 2-0

Recap courtesy of MIT

CAMBRIDGE - The No. 16 ranked MIT softball team swept crosstown rival Tufts University in a non-conference doubleheader on Saturday. The Engineers walked off in game one with a 2-1 win and then used a shutout pitching performance by senior captain Ravenne Nasser in game two to secure the sweep.

Casey Maggiore had Tufts' rbi in the first game.

MIT scored the first run of game one after Madi Pickett plated Sarah Von Ahn in the bottom of the fourth with an infield single. With one out in the inning, Von Ahn reached on a throwing error that allowed her to take second and then she advanced to third on a groundout by Anya Chase.

Nasser had no-hit the Jumbos until freshman catcher Alexis Aboulafia doubled to center field with one out in the top of the seventh. Junior 1B Casey Maggiore was the next batter and she doubled down the left field line which allowed pinch runner Edie Huling to come around to score the game-tying run.

The game headed to the eighth and in the top of half of the frame with Kristen Caporelli on second due to the international tie-breaker, Nasser struck out the side in order to give the Engineers a chance to win it in the bottom half. In the MIT eighth, Julia Chatterjee moved Devon Goetz to third on a sacrifice bunt and then an rbi single by Michelle Wist to right scored Goetz as MIT walked off with the 2-1 game one win.

Nasser improved to 13-5 and earned the 50th win of her career in game one as she scattered two hits and struck out eight over eight innings in the circle for the Engineers. Kristina Haghdan (10-3) took the loss on 7.1 innings, six hits, two unearned runs and six strikeouts.

Wist went 3 for 4 with the game-winning rbi to lead the Engineers offensively. Olivia Lucchese also added two hits for MIT in the opener.

Game two was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth. With one out in the frame, Sierra Rosenzweig launched a triple to right and was immediately brought home on an rbi single up the middle by Goetz. After the Jumbos brought Kristi Van Meter on in relief, Goetz stole second and came across with MIT's second run on a single through the left side by Von Ahn.

Nasser set Tufts down 1-2-3 in the sixth, but in the seventh the visitors loaded the bases with two outs. However, MIT secured the win and the two-game sweep after a Jumbo base-runner was called out for interference for running into the shortstop which ended the game.

Nasser scattered four hits and allowed just one walk over seven innings to push her record to 14-5. Tufts starter Gillian O'Connor took the loss (6-2) on 4.1 innings, four hits, two earned runs, one walk and one strikeout.

The sweep pushed MIT's record to 25-8-1 and secured the team's fourth 25-win season in program history. Tufts fell to 27-8.

The Jumbos will travel to Wesleyan University tomorrow where they will play Williams College in a single game starting at 1pm. The next time MIT will be in action is on the first day of the 2019 NEWMAC Tournament which is slated to begin on Wednesday.

Coming into today's doubleheader, MIT was ranked fourth in the latest NCAA Division III New England regional rankings, while Tufts was third.