PROVIDENCE, RI – The Johnson & Wales University softball team nearly pulled off a doubleheader sweep of 13th-ranked MIT. The Wildcats took game one, 1-0, but the Engineers scored in the top seventh to win the nightcap, 4-3.
#13 MIT: 22-7-1
Johnson & Wales: 18-16
It's JWU first win over a ranked team since beating No. 19 TCNJ in the opening game of the 2018 NCAA Tournament
The only offense in game one came off the bat of second baseman Ally Mishol in the bottom of the fourth inning. She led off the frame with GNAC-leading sixth home run of the season. Mishol also moved into the JWU career top 10 with her eighth round-tripper.
One run was all starting pitcher Kristin Frost needed to get the win. She struck out a career-high 11 batters while giving up five hits. Frost only allowed two batters to get past second base.
Mishol got the offense started in game two. She roped a two-out single, moved up to second on a wild pitch then came around to score on a Summer Ramundo double.
Two singles and a hit batter loaded the bases for MIT in the fourth. Sarah Von Ahn cleared the bases with a double that gave MIT a 3-2 lead.
The lead did not last long as Ramundo and Kayla McKinnon hit back-to-back home runs in the bottom half of the inning.
After JWU failed to take advantage of a scoring opportunity in the sixth, the Engineers got the winning run in the top of the seventh when Sierra Rosenzweig singled home Madi Pickett from second base.
MIT starter Colleen Campbell gave up a hit in the seventh, but got the final out for her 11th win of the year. She struck out 13 batters while only surrendering six hits.
The Wildcats are back in action Friday to face Suffolk in a 3 p.m. doubleheader.