Cambridge, Mass. – Clark University ran into a pitching buzzsaw on Tuesday afternoon in the form of MIT hurlers Ravenne Nasser and Deanna Delgado and the No. 19 Engineers swept a New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference doubleheader with the Cougars.
Nasser was nearly unhittable in the opener, holding the Scarlet and White to one hit as she went the distance to earn her seventh win of the season. Delgado was as nearly as impressive as she spun a two-hitter in the nightcap sending MIT to their school record fifth straight shutout.
Game 1 Score: MIT 3, Clark University 0
Game 2 Score: MIT 4, Clark University 0
Records: MIT (15-3, 7-3 NEWMAC); Clark University (5-13, 0-8 NEWMAC)
Location: Briggs Field, Cambridge, Mass.
How It Happened In Game 1:
Clark had a great scoring chance in the top of the first when they loaded the bases on walks to Christina Kopacz (North Grosvenordale, Conn.) and Lauren Mackey (Dublin, N.H.) and Jocie Orangio (Maynard, Mass.) was hit by a pitch.
The Cougars couldn't push any runs across and the Engineers made them pay with a single run in the bottom of the first on an RBI double by Monica Shifflet.
Clark had a chance to even the score in the third when Kendra Walker (Cumberland, R.I.) reached on an error and was attempting to score on a Mackey single to right but she was thrown out at the plate by Erika Anderson.
MIT tacked on a pair of runs in the third and the Cougars had a chance to get on the board in the fifth after getting two on with one out but Nasser was able to escape the trouble unscathed.
Sami West (Gonic, N.H.) suffered the loss for the Scarlet and White, going six innings and scattering nine hits and three runs.
How It Happened In Game 2:
The story of the nightcap proved to be Delgado as she yielded just a first inning single to Orangio and a third inning base hit to Mackey.
MIT got her all the run support she would need in the first when Sarah Von Ahn and Devon Geotz each delivered RBI singles.
After Delgado gave up the third inning single to Mackey, she went on to retire ten straight batters until she allowed a leadoff walk to Taylor Erickson (Natick, Mass.) in the seventh.
While she was doing that, her offense got her single runs in the fourth and in the sixth off of the bat of Monica Shifflet.
Delgado eventually closed out the Cougars with back-to-back groundouts to end the contest to register her third complete game.
Brenna Foley (Charlton, Mass.) takes the loss in three plus innings in the circle yielding three runs, four hits, two walks and one strikeout.
Clark continues its busy week tomorrow when they head to WPI for a conference twinbill starting at 3:00 p.m. in Worcester.