CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Husson University softball team (24-10) battled through ten innings in a defensive standoff with the #21 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Engineers (28-10-1) before MIT scored the lone run in the bottom of the 10th in Game 2 of the NCAA Division III Softball Championship regional round.
IN THE ACTION:
North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Pitcher of the Year Jen Jones (13-6) pitched a stellar game, giving up only two hits as she extended her no-hit streak to 13 innings over the past three games before being broken up by a single up the middle in the bottom of the sixth. She fanned 10 batters and walked four in 9.2 innings before giving up a walk off homer for the Engineers' win. She threw 89 strikes in 137 pitches on the day.
Reaching the bottom of the second inning, the Engineers got runners on first and second off a walk and error on a bunt, but Jones shut down the bats striking out the next three batters for MIT.
The Eagles' masterful defensive game continued into the third as Kylie Cunningham gunned the ball down to second to catch Devon Goetz stealing and clear the bases. The Husson infield continued to impress as Sierra Rosenzweig stepped up to the plate and lined a slapper to Morgan Coleman at first who quickly reacted with a catch and tagged first before Phoebe Li could get back to the bag, for the unassisted double play as the Eagles continued to hold the game scoreless.
The Eagles' best offensive inning came in the top of the eighth. Tamara Aunchman singled to right field as Husson recorded their first hit of the ballgame. MIT found the second out of the inning on a fielder's choice as they chose to throw out the lead baserunner, allowing Whitney Bess to reach first. Bess advanced to second and Arika Brochu flew to first after a dropped fly ball by MIT. Bri Brochu continued the inning with two outs as she singled through the left side to load the bases. An unfortunate pop-up to first ended the inning with ease for MIT, leaving three runners stranded.
MIT's pitcher, Ravenne Nassar (17-6) limited the Eagles to only two hits, walked one, and struck out six batters in 10 complete innings pitched.
Into extra innings, Jones faced three batters, struck out two, and the third grounded out to short. The Eagles were three-up, three-down in the top of the ninth. Jones faced three batters in the bottom half of the inning and escaped without a run thanks to a double play turned by B. Brochu at second from Chloe Gorey to Coleman.
After opening up the bottom of the 10th with another strikeout for Jones, and then Claire Wichman grounded out to second base, the Eagles were just one out away from another chance at bat, but Li provided extra inning heroics for the Engineers, launching a walk-off home run to deep left field for the 1-0 win.
OFF THE BAT- HUSSON
- B. Brochu and Aunchman had the lone hits of the day for the Eagles as Aunchman entered the game as DP in the eighth inning.
- Gorey was consistent at the plate getting on base three times before being left stranded.
- Kennedy was the only Eagle to walk to first on Friday.
OFF THE BAT - MIT
- Li scored the game-winning home with the only RBI and run scored in the game.
- Julia Chatterjee contributed the only other hit against the Eagles for MIT.
- Von Ahn walked twice to first.
The Eagles will face Eastern Nazarene (28-14) in Game 4 on Saturday, May 11, at 1:30 PM in an elimination game. The winner of Game 4 will play the loser of Game 3, #21 MIT or #17 Rowan (31-12), in another elimination game at 4:00 PM tomorrow.