Ambrosino, Phillips Send Softball to Doubleheader Victory Over Wheaton

Lindsay Ambrosino

Norton, MA -- WPI softball maintained its unbeaten record in the NEWMAC as junior Mackenzie Phillips (Gill, MA) picked up both wins in a doubleheader sweep over Wheaton, 6-2 and 6-4, at Clark Field on Saturday afternoon. 

Phillips started the opener, allowing two runs and four hits, and striking out four over six innings, and then came on to toss three scoreless innings in relief in the nightcap as the Engineers put together a four-run rally in the seventh inning.  

Shortstop Lindsay Ambrosino (Chelmsford, MA) went a combined 4 for 8 at the plate on the day, including the go-ahead solo homer in the second inning of the first game, and the game-winning, three-run home run in the second game as the Engineers improved to 12-6 overall and 4-0 in NEWMAC play. 

After Ambrosino (2 for 4) spotted the visitors a 1-0 lead in the first game, WPI tagged on three more runs in the third inning to push the advantage to 4-0.  

Senior captain Kylie Juarez (Elk Grove, CA) led off the third with a single and then scored when Hailey McCasland (Wrentham, MA) reached on an error.  

Cassie Graca (Somerset, MA) drove in McCasland with a ground out on the next at bat, while Marissa Gonzales (Oakley CA) followed with a double to center and then later scored on a pickoff play to cap the rally. 

The Lyons (13-7, 1-3 NEWMAC) scored both of their runs in the bottom half of the inning as Jade Assad (Lambertville, NJ) drove in Katelyn Barton (Andover, NH) with a double up the middle and then came in herself on a single to left by Shelbi Wilson (Peabody, MA) to cut it to a 4-2 deficit at the time. 

WPI added lone runs in the sixth and seventh innings to space out the lead. 

Senior captain Caraline Wood (Averill Park, NY) led off the top of the sixth with a base hit and then scored on an error, then in the seventh inning Wood (2 for 4) singled to right field to drive in Gonzales (2 for 4) and set the final score. 

Freshman Abigail O'Connor (Belle Mead, NJ) held Wheaton hitless in the seventh inning to close out the the 6-2 win. 

Ambrosino (2 for 4) led off the second game of the doubleheader with a single and then scored on a sacrifice fly by senior captain Renee LeClaire (Merrimack, NH) to give the Engineers a 1-0 advantage in the top of the first. 

A pair of errors allowed the Lyons to take their first lead of the day in the bottom half of the inning, as Wilson singled in Hannah Arkin (New Hyde Park, NY)  and then Assad tagged up to score and make it 2-1 on a sac fly by Barton. 

Wood had a leadoff bomb in the fourth inning to tie things up, but Wheaton retook the lead in the fifth on a double by Arkin that brought around Lindsay Whittles (Hopkinton, MA) and Riley Benedetto (Jupiter, FL) to make it 4-2. 

Katie Martin (Bedford, NH) threw four innings for WPI, allowing all four runs, but only one of them earned, before giving way to Phillips in the fifth inning. 

The Engineers showed off their resiliency with a two-out rally in the final inning of the afternoon. Nicole Kuberka (Los Angeles, CA) singled in pinch runner Taylor Ostrum (Tucson, AZ), followed by Ambrosino's three-run jack. 

WPI is back in action on Tuesday, playing a doubleheader at Springfield.  The twinbill was postponed Friday and originally rescheduled for Sunday, but forecasted rain has has now shifted the twinbill to Tuesday.