MANSFIELD, Conn. – MIT snapped a tie in the first game with three runs in the top of the seventh inning – highlighted by Michelle Wist's two-run, two-run double off the center field fence – and the Engineers scored six runs in the third inning of the nightcap in a non-conference softball sweep of Eastern Connecticut State University Wednesday night at the Eastern Softball Stadium. MIT won by scores of 5-2 and 9-0, the second game ending after five innings.
Eastern (9-14) freshman righty Morgan Bolduk (Vernon) took a three-hit shutout and 2-0 lead into the fifth inning of the opener before MIT (17-4-1) tied the game on three hits and an Eastern error, then broke through for the go-ahead runs in the seventh on four hits. Justin Joseph led off the seventh with a bunt single and with two out and two on, Sierra Rosenzweig broke the tie with an RBI single, and Wist followed with a line drive, two-run double halfway up the fence in center field.
Ravenne Naser (10-2) pitched a complete-game five-hitter in the first game, allowing only one hit and two baserunners over the final three innings.
MIT tagged two Eastern pitchers for 12 hits in the second game, and Colleen Campbell (6-1) gave up only two hits and allowed only three baserunners, fanning six and walking only one. In the six-run third, the Engineers had six hits and were helped by two errors. Joseph (triple), Devon Goetz (double) and Amanda Lee (double) opened the inning with extra-base hits and Joseph came back later in the inning to drive in two runs with a two-out single.
Joseph, Rosenzweig, Wist and Zoe Hinton all had two hits in the second game, with Joseph and Madi Pickett both droving in two runs and Rosenzweig and Wist also scoring twice.
Sophomore centerfielder Sabrina LeMere (North Branford) and sophomore second baseman Jackie Lewis (Mystic) each had two hits in the doubleheader for Eastern, which was limited to seven hits and commited six errors that led to four unearned runs.
The Warriors broke through against Nasser in the first game for single runs in the third and fourth. Batting ninth, junior leftfielder Callie Duthrie (Griswold) walked to lead off the third, moved to second on Bolduk's sacrifice bunt, and came around to score on an infield throwing error to give the Warriors an early 1-0 lead. Eastern made it 2-0 when it strung together three of its game total of five hits in the fourth. Lewis and LeMere (bunt) opened with hits and LeMere advanced around the bases on a wild pitch, infield ground ball and Duthrie's two-out single to center. MIT cut short the rally when Joseph in center cut down an Eastern runner at home trying to score an additional run on Duthrie's single.
Wist, Rosenzwig and Joseph all had four hits on the day in MIT's 24-hit attack. Lee added three hits.
Eastern hosts UMass Boston in a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m.