Cambridge, MA --- Senior Amanda Lee (Saratoga, CA) batted 2-for-3 with three RBI to lead top-seeded MIT past second-seeded WPI, 6-0, in Game 9 of the 2018 NEWMAC Softball Championship at Briggs Field.
The host Engineers (31-7-1), who entered the week atop the NCAA regional rankings, will face Babson, the sixth-ranked team in the same poll, for the NEWMAC Softball Championship and automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. WPI (29-13), the fourth-ranked team on the regional scroll, must now wait for the 1pm NCAA.com Selection Show on Monday to see if the season will continue.
WPI senior Ama Biney (Worcester, MA) batted 4-for-4 with a triple and two stolen bases. Senior RiAnna May (Westminster, CO) chipped in with a double and freshman Marissa Gonzales (Oakley, CA) added a single. Senior Nina Murphy-Cook (Roseville, CA) walked three times and took over second place all-time in Division III with her 174th stolen base in the top of the fifth. Senior Kelsey Saucier (Worcester, MA) and freshman Nicole Kuberka (Los Angeles, CA) each struck out one in the effort.
Senior Jasmine Joseph (Woodland Hills, CA) also had a pair of hits, including a double to go with a stolen base, for MIT while junior Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, MA) and freshman Colleen Campbell (Snoqualmie, WA) each struck out four batters in the combined shutout. Sophomore Devon Goetz (Rockville, MD) added a triple for the home team.
Lee put MIT on the board with a sacrifice fly in the first before an RBI hit to right in the third and a run-producing bunt in the fifth. Sophomore Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, OR) made it 3-0 with an infield single in the third and Goetz preceded Lee with a triple down the left field line in the fifth. Sophomore Michelle Wist (Cypress, TX) singled to push the final run across later in the frame.