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MIT Softball Falls to No. 23 Rowan, 7-6, in 14 Inning Regional Final Marathon Game

MIT Softball Falls to No. 23 Rowan, 7-6, in 14 Inning Regional Final Marathon Game

This release is courtesy of MIT Sports Information. 

THE BASICS:

Scores:

MIT 5, No. 23 Rowan University 3
No. 23 Rowan University 7, MIT 6 (14 Innings)

Records: MIT (30-12-1); No. 23 Rowan University (33-13)

Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Briggs Field)

The Lead: MIT softball forced the if necessary game after defeating No. 23 Rowan University, 5-3, in game six of the NCAA Cambridge Regional, but the visiting Profs topped the host Engineers, 7-6, in 14 innings in game seven to claim the regional title. The loss ends MIT's season at 30-12-1, while Rowan will play Eastern Connecticut State University next weekend in the Super Regional round at a site to be determined by the NCAA later this week.

CAMBRIDGE REGIONAL ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM:

Jen Jones - Husson
Kiley Ozaki - Eastern Nazarene
Elisabeth Schaffer - Eastern Nazarene
Sarah Von Ahn - MIT
Devon Goetz - MIT
Ravenne Nasser - MIT
Morgan Zane - Rowan
Carly Anderson - Rowan
Christina Guerino - Rowan
Jesse DeDomenico - Rowan (Most Outstanding Player) 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT, which served as the visiting team in game six of the regional, loaded the bases on two walks and a hit by pitch in the top of the first inning, but Rowan starter Jesse DeDomenico was able to get out the inning without allowing a run. The Profs struck for three runs in the bottom of the opening inning after Carly Anderson led off the frame with a single up the middle. A two-run double by Morgan Zane gave Rowan a 2-0 lead before a single to center by Christina Guarino pushed the Profs lead to three.

- The game remained at 3-0 in favor of Rowan until the top of the sixth inning. Back-to-back singles by Madi Pickett (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Anya Chase (Wells, Maine) got the inning started for the Engineers before Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) belted a three-run homer to center.

- Five batters later with runners on first and second, Goetz lined the ball through the legs of the Rowan third baseman which allowed Sierra Rosenzweig (Anchorage, Alaska) to score the go ahead run.

- MIT added an insurance run in the top of the seventh as Phoebe Li (Morganville, N.J.) earned a bases loaded walk. MIT starter Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) returned to the circle and got Rowan out in order to force a winner take all game seven.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Von Ahn's home run gave MIT a team total of 15 for the season, which tied the single-season program record set by the Engineers last season. The home run for Von Ahn was her second of the season.

- Nasser picked up the win (18-7) with her 21st complete game of the season as she allowed seven hits, three earned runs and three strikeouts. DeDomenico took the loss (18-7) on five hits, five runs, seven walks, six strikeouts over seven innings.

- The game one victory over Rowan marked the first win for MIT in the all-time series between the two clubs. The win also put the Engineers in a winner take all regional final for the second straight season and for the third time in program history.

HOW IT HAPPENED in Game Two:

- Rowan struck for three runs in each of the first two innings highlighted by back-to-back RBI triples by Cassandra Gerard and Kelly Duffy in the second. 

- MIT battled and scored two runs in the second, two in the third and two in the sixth to even the game up at 6-6. In the second inning, it was a two-out two-run single to left by Julia Chatterjee (Hinsdale, Ill.) that plated Claire Wichman (Omaha, Neb.) and Rosenzweig.

- In the third, after reaching on an error, Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas) scored MIT's third run on an RBI groundout by Pickett. In the very next at-bat, Pickett scored the fourth run for the Engineers on a fielder's choice.

- Three straight singles began the bottom of the sixth before back-to-back RBI groundouts by Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) and Chatterjee tied the game at six. That's where the score would stay until the top of the 14th inning. 

- In the top of the 14th, Rowan finally broke through with a run to take a 7-6 lead. Mackenzie Short singled with one out, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a single up the middle by Carly Anderson.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Sophomore Colleen Campbell (Snoqualmie, Wash.) came on in relief for the Engineers in the third inning and threw 12 innings. Although she took the loss (11-5), Campbell struck out 13, allowed one run and scattered five hits. DeDomenico earned the win (19-7) as she tossed 8.1 innings of shutout ball in relief for the Profs.

- In game two, Pickett went 3-for-6 with a run, while Chatterjee drove in three runs of her own. DeDomenico helped her own performance with a 3-for-6 effort at the plate with two walks and a run, while Kelly Duffy went 3-for-7 with two runs and an RBI.

- MIT closes its season with a record of 30-12-1 overall, which marks the third season in program history in which the Engineers have tallied 30 or more wins.