Softball's Season Ends with 6-1 Loss to WPI at Super Regional

WORCESTER – The WPI Engineers had a six-run sixth inning to defeat the Tufts University softball team 6-1 in game three of the NCAA Super Regional on Saturday. With the win, the Engineers punched their ticket to the NCAA Division III World Series.

Pitcher Katie Martin improved to 25-6 on the year for WPI (35-15), earning a complete game win and allowing just three hits and one earned run with four strikeouts for the Engineers. Sophia DiCocco also pitched a complete game for the Jumbos, allowing four earned runs and five hits with two strikeouts in the loss.

Nicole Russo had two of the three Jumbos hits, finishing 2 for 2 with a solo home run, while Rachel Moore had the other hit for Tufts for a 1 for 3 day at the plate. Sydney Russell and Kallie Case led the way for the WPI offense, both going 1 for 3 with two rbis. Russell added a run scored as well.

WPI started their six-run sixth inning with some small ball, as Lindsay Ambrosino bunted for a leadoff single. Stephanie Bishop followed that up with a double to left field to put two runners in scoring position for Russell. She delivered with a two-rbi single through the right side of the infield before Alex Sheehan got the Engineers' fourth consecutive hit with a single to center. Jocelyn Diaz reached on a fielder's choice in the next at-bat, scoring both Sheehan and Russell while Case doubled to right field to drive in the final two runs for the Engineers.

The lone Jumbos run had come in the top of the fifth inning on Russo's solo shot over the center field fence. Moore singled in the top of the seventh to keep the Jumbos alive, but Martin shut down the remainder of the Jumbos' batters to clinch the 6-1 WPI victory.

Tufts ends their season with a 36-12 overall record, and won an NCAA Regional.

Written by Tim O'Brien, Athletic Communications Intern