Martin’s Arm, Diaz's Clutchness Powers Softball to Sweep of Wheaton

Katie Martin - WPI Softball 2022

WORCESTER -- Katie Martin (Bedford, NH) threw two complete games as the WPI softball team swept a home doubleheader against Wheaton on Sunday. The Engineers won game one, 3-1, and took the nightcap, 2-1 in 10 innings, to move to 13-11 overall, 3-3 in NEWMAC play. The Lyons dip to 11-8, 3-3 in conference play. 

GAME ONE

WPI plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth and Martin (Bedford, NH) threw a four-hit gem as the Engineers won game one, 3-1. 

Both teams scored solo runs in the first inning, as an RBI single from Jillian Rohon (Southington, CT) scored Juliette Zito (Woodbridge, CT), who led off with a walk. In the bottom half of the frame, WPI countered as a lead-off single from Sydney Russell (Arlington, VA) scored on a sacrifice fly from Alicia Salvalzo (Hudson, NH) to tie it. 

Hits were hard to come by the rest of the way, until a three-hit, two-run sixth inning put WPI in the driver's seat. Alex Sheehan (Marion, MA) led off with a single and scored on a double from Shaina Lazarus (Thousand Oaks, CA). Lazarus then scored on a Jocelyn Diaz (Reedley, CA) base hit down the left-field line to make it 3-1 WPI.

In the top of the frame, Martin mowed down three straight Wheaton batters to earn her eighth win of the season. She threw a complete game, allowing four hits with one run and six strikeouts. 

Sarah Pritchard (Malta, NY) pitched well for Wheaton but suffered the loss. She tossed six innings, allowing three runs on five hits. 

GAME TWO

WPI won a pitcher's duel in the nightcap, as Engineer hurler Martin and Lyon pitcher Emma Candelaria (Hampton Bays, NY) battled for 10 innings until the hosts came out with the 2-1 victory. 

WPI threatened in the bottom of the second, as Lazarus singled to left-center to open the frame. Two line-outs followed before Kallie Case (Arlington, VA) singled down the left field line. It looked like WPI would take a 1-0 lead, but Wheaton's Zito gunned down Lazarus at the plate to end the inning. 

Still 0-0, Wheaton strung together a pair of hits in the top of the seventh, as Rohon and Erica Piercey (North Branford, CT) both singled and the Lyons had runners on first and second with two outs. Martin worked out of the jam, however, getting the final batter to line out to center to keep it scoreless. 

Both teams scored in the eighth inning with the international tie-break runners coming around to score. After a sacrifice bunt from Zito pushed Lilly Lagniere (Rochester, NH) to third, Martin got the next batter to strikeout. However, Katelyn Barton (Andover, N.H.) singled down the right field line to drive home Lagniere and put Wheaton on top, 1-0. 

WPI answered, tying the game at 1-1 as Case doubled to score Diaz, who had been placed at second to start the frame. 

Neither team managed a hit in the ninth inning, sending the game to the 10th frame. In the top half, Wheaton threatened as a passed ball put the placed runner on third. The next batter up reached on a fielder's choice and Martin's quick thinking threw the runner out at home. She followed it with a pair of strikeouts, setting up Diaz's walk-off. 

Lazarus was placed on second to start the 10th and was advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Kelly Pritchard (Orange, CT). Diaz then sent a ball to left field that was deep enough to score Lazarus for the game-winning run. 

Martin picked up her ninth win of the season, throwing 10 innings, allowing one unearned run on five hits with eight strikeouts. Candelaria was the unlucky loser, tossing 9.2 innings, allowing two runs, none earned, on four hits with four strikeouts. 

Both teams take a break from conference play with mid-week doubleheaders. Wheaton heads to Johnson & Wales on Tuesday for a 4pm start, while WPI plays at Bridgewater State on Wednesday beginning at 3:30pm.