Phillips and Saucier Stymie Clark in Midweek NEWMAC Pair on Rooftop Field

Mackenzie Phillips
Mackenzie Phillips

WORCESTER --- Freshman Mackenzie Phillips (Gill, MA) tied her career high of 10 strikeouts in a complete-game shutout while the WPI offense scored 13 runs on 10 hits in game one and then teamed with junior Kelsey Saucier (Worcester, MA) for a combined shutout in game two of a NEWMAC Softball set Wednesday evening on Rooftop Field. The Engineers took the opener 13-0 in five and the nightcap 3-0.

Phillips, who established her personal strikeout standard exactly one week ago versus Fitchburg State, yielded two hits and a walk in the five-inning shutout. Sophomore Renee LeClaire (Merrimack, NH) was the only Engineer to deliver multiple hits as she went 2-for-4 with a double, a stolen base, 2 RBI and a run.

Junior Ama Biney (Worcester, MA) and senior Hope Shevchuk (Burlington, CT) each doubled and drove in two runs while Saucier doubled in a late pinch hitting appearance. Juniors Katie Chagami (Waipahu, HI) and RiAnna May (Westminster, CO) each plated a pair and classmate Julia Veitch (Carlisle, MA) scored twice. Freshman Cassie Graca (Somerset, MA) stole three bases and scored three runs.

Sophomore Jocie Orangio (Maynard, MA) accounted for both of the Cougars hits to go with a walk by junior Sami West (Gonic, NH). junior Brenna Foley (Charlton, MA) and freshman Maddie Letendre (Mansfield, MA) each spent time in the circle for the guests.

Graca poked a single through the right side to score Biney in the first. May then singled in a pair with a hit up the middle for the 3-0 lead after one. WPI continued to pull away with a five-run second. LeClaire began with a productive infield out. Chagami sent one up the middle to push two across and Shevchuk doubled in two more. LeClaire then doubled to allow Graca to cross the dish in the third.

Saucier, pinch hitting for Shevchuk, sent an RBI double to left to begin the scoring in the fourth. Biney added a 2 RBI double before junior Natalie Fabrizio (Hampstead, NH) singled Biney for lucky number 13. The Cougars went down in order in the top of the fifth.

Clark logged the first hit of the second game with a one-out single by freshman Sarah Woods (Littleton, MA) in the top of the second. WPI waited until the third inning for its first hit of the game and simultaneously took a 1-0 advantage behind a leadoff home run by Fabrizio.

It took until the top of the sixth for another hit to go on the board as freshman Christina Kopacz (North Grosvenordale, CT) sent a leadoff single through the right side. Senior Lindsay Gurska (Revere, MA) answered for the Engineers in the home half with a first-pitch knock. Two batters later, Biney drove in freshman Leila Camplese (Tewksbury, MA). Biney then came home on thanks to a hit by LeClaire. All three hits were to center field.

Saucier allowed two hits and walked three to go with seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 while Phillips fanned four in the balance of the game. Woods yielded three runs on four hits and one walk while striking out a pair in the complete game for Clark.

WPI (16-10, 7-3) is in the road Friday for a 3pm appointment at Smith while the Cougars (5-15, 0-10) welcome Springfield, also at 3pm on Friday.

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