This release is courtesy of MIT Sports Information.
- Score: No. 21 Ithaca College 3, No. 20 MIT 2 (Eight Innings)
- Records: No. 20 MIT (38-11-1); No. 21 Ithaca College (34-12)
- Location: Oklahoma City, Okla. (Integris Field at USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex)
- The Lead: The MIT softball team saw its run in the 2018 NCAA Division III Championship Tournament come to a close this afternoon as the Engineers were edged by No. 21 Ithaca College by a 3-2 score in eight innings in Oklahoma City.
MIT ends its season seventh overall in the country and with a program-best record of 38-11-1 after the team's second appearance in the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament, while Ithaca will play either UT-Tyler or Illinois Wesleyan tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. in another elimination game.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT scored once in the top of the fourth and once in the top of the fifth for the 2-0 advantage. Senior Katherine Shade(Glencoe, Ill.) began the fourth by being hit by a pitch, moved to second on a foul out and then scored the game's first run on a single up the middle by Sierra Rosenzweig (Anchorage, Alaska).
- The Engineers loaded the bases in the top of the fifth after Amanda Lee (Saratoga, Calif.) singled through the right side, Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) reached on a fielder's choice and Madi Pickett (Santa Barbara, Calif.) walked. Shade then grounded out to shortstop, which allowed Lee to score and double MIT's lead to 2-0.
- Ithaca rallied for two runs in the bottom of the sixth after Nikkey Skuraton scored on an error and Gabby Loccona plated Emily Bloom on an RBI single to left. The score remained tied until the bottom of the eighth when the Bombers scored the game-winning run to advance in the tournament as Loccona walked with one out, stole second and scored on double to left by Allie Colleran.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Haley Congdon earned the win for the Bombers and improved to 14-3 as she threw 3.2 innings, scattered three hits, allowed four walks and struck out two. Ithaca used Beth Fleming and Payton Cutting out of the pen to complete the eight innings in the circle. Colleen Campbell (Snoqualmie, Wash.) took the loss (12-5) on 2.1 innings, two hits, one run, one walk and three strikeouts. MIT starter Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) pitched five innings to begin the game, allowed just one hit, two runs (one earned) and struck out five.
- Lee powered the MIT offense as she went 3-for-5 and scored a run, while five other Engineers notched at least one hit led by two base knocks by Rosenzweig. Lee also stole two bases in the afternoon's contest.
- The Engineers close their record-setting season with a record of 38-11-1 and set new program bests in wins, runs, hits, triples, home runs, RBI, total bases and stolen bases. MIT also had four NFCA All-Region honorees, tossed two no-hitters, had their first NFCA All-American and won their first NEWMAC Championship this spring.