Early Blast Dooms Softball in NCAA Division III Super Regional Finale

Early Blast Dooms Softball in NCAA Division III Super Regional Finale

WORCESTER – Sophomore Amanda Lee (Saratoga, CA) belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the first to send MIT to its first-ever NCAA Division III Softball Championship final appearance with a 2-1 victory over host WPI in game two of the best-of-three Worcester Super Regional Saturday at Rooftop Field.

With the win, MIT (33-12) becomes the first NEWMAC team to make the final eight since Wheaton in 2004 while WPI's historic season comes to a close with a 38-9 ledger. Cambridge's Engineers will open the eight-team double-elimination phase of the tournament in Salem, VA on Thursday.

Sophomore Nina Murphy-Cook (Roseville, CA) opened the game with a single through the left side but was out at third after a foul out to right. Cambridge's Engineers saw sophomore Jasmin Joseph (Woodland Hills, CA) reach on an infield miscue and Lee follow with the winning rocket to left center. Senior Clare Doolin (Newton, MA) finished off the frame with a trio of strikeouts.

Each side left a runner on in the second. With runners on the corners, MIT hit into a double play that ended with the lead runner out at the dish. The Crimson and Gray went down in order and Lee walked for the Cardinal and Gray in the third.

WPI scratched together a run in the fourth as sophomore Ama Biney (Worcester, MA) reached on a single and moved to third on a stolen base and a miscue. She was then plated on an 0-1 sacrifice fly by junior Kristin Gallagher (Coventry, RI). Doolin punctuated a 1-2-3 bottom of the fourth with a swinging strikeout.

Freshman Caraline Wood (Averill Park, NY) was the only baserunner in the fifth as she sent a one-out single to right. The top of the sixth featured another battle between senior Alexandra Marshall (Glen Head, NY) and junior Lindsay Gurska (Revere, MA), the NEWMAC Pitcher and Player of the Year, with Gurska finding real estate in shallow center field. Lee began the sixth with a leadoff single to left and was left at second after three consecutive outs.

The hosts looked to rally in the top of the seventh beginning with sophomore RiAnna May's (Westminster, CO) one-out single. She would be erased on a fielder's choice before a swinging K ended the game.

Murphy-Cook once again paced the Boynton Hillers with a 2-for-3 day to go with a stolen base. Biney (stolen base), May and Wood each had a hit while junior Hope Shevchuk (Burlington, CT) drew the Crimson and Gray free pass. Doolin (16-4) went the distance yielding one earned run on four hits with six strikeouts and a walk.

Lee finished 2-for-2 with a walk, two RBI and a run scored. Junior Ali Trueworthy (Rochester, NH) and freshman Erika Anderson (Carlsbad, CA) each accounted for an MIT hit. Marshall (25-10) finished without allowing an earned run on six hits with one strikeout and one walk.

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