WORCESTER -- Katie Martin (Bedford, NH) earned two wins in the circle and Jocelyn Diaz (Reedley, CA) drove in runs in each game as the WPI softball team swept Coast Guard in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday at Rooftop Field. With the sweep, the Crimson and Gray clinched a spot next month's NEWMAC Tournament.
Martin went the distance in the opening game, a 3-0 shutout victory, and then tossed the final four frames of the nightcap, which the Engineers won 3-1.
Game 1: WPI 3, Coast Guard 0
Martin threw a complete game shutout with seven strikeouts to help the Engineers take the opening game of the day.
WPI scored twice in the second and once in the third to emerge with the win in a game which saw both starting pitchers go the distance. They picked up three of their eight hits in the second and two more in the third.
Diaz drove in a run in the second on a triple down the right field line, and then scored in the same inning when Brittany Bolster (North Kingstown, RI) singled to center.
Nicole Logrecco (Huntington Beach, CA) was 2-3 in the win and was one of six WPI batters to steal a base. Logrecco scored on Diaz's triple for the first run of the game.
Martin improved to 3-1 on the season, giving up just five hits and walking only one batter. Isabelle Shroyer (Marysville, OH) struck out two without issuing a walk but fell to 3-4 after her six innings of work for Coast Guard.
Shroyer was also 2-3 at the plate for the Bears, the only Coast Guard player with a multi-hit game.
Game 2: WPI 3, Coast Guard 1
WPI came from a 1-0 deficit to earn the game two victory, despite being outhit 13-7 by the Bears.
Meinhold allowed just one run over three innings and struck out four batters while also going 2-3 at the plate and scoring a run when Diaz singled her home in the sixth.
Martin took over in relief and posted four shutout innings with a pair of strikeouts to improve to 4-1 on the year.
Shroyer suffered another tough loss for Coast Guard. She went all six innings and struck out five batters without issuing a walk. Shroyer, who was charged with two earned runs, had another strong game at the plate as well, going 3-4.
She was one of five Coast Guard players with multi-hit games. One of those was catcher Lillia Farlow (Carrollton, TX), who went 2-3 and drove in Coast Guard's only run with a single up the middle in the top of the second.
WPI tied the game in the third when Gonzales singled, stole a base and scored on an error. They grabbed the lead in the fifth on an RBI fielder's choice by Gabriella Cerbo (Middletown, NJ), which plated pinch runner Sydney Russell (Arlington, VA).
Russell was running for Bolster, who had singled to lead off the fifth, part of a 2-3 performance by the Engineers first baseman.
After Diaz scored Meinhold in the bottom of the sixth, Coast Guard put together a rally in the seventh with three hits, loading the bases with one out. However, the Engineers ended the threat with one play, as Martin got line to right field, where Kallie Case (Phoenix, AZ) made the catch and then fired home to catch a runner tagging up. The runner went back to third, but there was already another Coast Guard baserunner there, and the out was recorded for the game-ending double play.
Coast Guard concludes their regular season with a 6-6 record. WPI (6-4) takes the field again next weekend for four games at home against Wheaton. Both doubleheaders (Saturday and Sunday) are set for a noon start.