2018 NCAA Div. III Williamstown, MA Super Regional
Friday, May 18 and Sunday, May 20th
ALL GAMES WILL BE WEBCAST CLICK THIS LINK TO WATCH
ADJUSTED SCHEDULE: Due to the weather forecast for Saturday in Williamstown, no games will be played. Game is scheduled to be played at 2 p.m. Sunday.
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — For the second consecutive year, the Williams College softball team has earned the right to host an NCAA Div. III Tournament Super Regional. NEWMAC Tournament champion M.I.T. will travel here for a best-of-three series Friday and Saturday, with the winner advancing to the NCAA Div. III National Championships in Oklahoma City, OK. Ticket prices will be announced are $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, $5 for students and children 3 to 12 years of age, and free for children under 2 years of age.
Friday's Schedule (ADJUSTED SCHEDULE)
3:30 PM, Game 1
M.I.T. 4, Williams 2
5:30 PM, Game 2
Williams 1, M.I.T. 0
Sunday, May 20, Game 3, 2 p.m.
M.I.T. 7, Williams 5
Currently ranked No. 18 in the latest NFCA national poll, this year's NCAA appearance is third in program history for MIT as the Engineers were previously selected to be a part of the bracket in 2015 and 2016 with 2016's run ending in the Division III College World Series in Salem, Virginia. That run included the first-ever NCAA Regional victory, which came in Williamstown, Mass. The Engineers defeated Williams, 5-3, in Game 7 of the Regional and then swept WPI in the Super Regional. This season, MIT has broken the school-record for wins in a single season, won its first-ever NEWMAC Tournament championship and hosted an NCAA Regional for the first time. They defeated Tufts University, 7-0, in Game 7 Monday afternoon to advance.
The Engineers had 3 players receive All-NEWMAC honors. Junior Ravenne Nasser was named as the NEWMAC Pitcher of the Year while Jen Williams was named as the NEWMAC Coach of the Year.
Nasser was joined on the All-Conference First Team by sophomore Devon Goetz and senior Jasmin Joseph. Sophomore Sarah Von Ahn was placed on the Second Team. Williams earned her second NEWMAC Coach of the Year honor and first since 2013 while Nasser, who earned her first NEWMAC Pitcher of the Year award. Nasser, who was also named as the NEWMAC Tournament's Most Outstanding Player, led the league in wins (18) and strikeouts (113), posted the second-best earned run average in the conference (1.69) and registered the third-most complete games in the NEWMAC (22).
To date, Joseph is batting .369 with an on-base percentage of .412 and a slugging percentage of .478. She has scored 44 runs, breaking the school record for a single season, and has three doubles and seven triples, She also became the first student-athlete in program history to reach 200 career hits. Goetz currently ranks fourth on the team with 25 RBI. The sophomore is hitting .349 with 11 doubles, five triples, three home runs, has drawn a team-high 24 walks and is 16 of 16 in stolen base attempts. Von Ahn, MIT's everyday designated player, leads the Engineers offensively in doubles (15) and RBI (36).
The Engineers have broken team single-season program records in runs (245), triples (27), home runs (14), RBI (209), total bases (522) and stolen bases (76).
Williams, ranked No. 12 in the latest NFCA national poll, is making its fifth straight appearance in the NCAA Div. III Tournament and eighth overall. The Ephs defeated Amherst 3-1 Sunday afternoon to win the Williamstown, MA Regional. One week prior, they defeated Bowdoin 5-3 to claim their third consecutive NESCAC Championship and sixth overall. The Ephs set a school record this season with 32 regular-season victories.
Senior Lexi Curt was named the NESCAC Player of the Year for the second year in a row, the first player to accomplish that feat in NESCAC softball history. Sophomore Rebecca Duncan was named NESCAC Pitcher of the Year. Curt and Duncan were joined on the All-NESCAC First Team by junior pitcher/first baseman Mackenzie Murphy. Second Team selections included senior outfielder/catcher Margo Beck, junior shortstop Jessica Kim and sophomore designated player/pitcher Kirstin Mapes.
Curt leads the NESCAC in home runs (14), RBIs (47) and slugging percentage (.907). She is batting a team-best .426. She set seven all-time records at Williams this season. Duncan is the third Eph to earn the NESCAC Pitcher of the Year honor. She owns a 17-3 record with a 1.58 ERA to go along with 135 strikeouts in 124 innings in the circle. Those 17 wins are a new single-season record at Williams. At the plate, Duncan is batting .360 with 27 RBI and 31 runs scored. Murphy was voted as a First Team selection for the third straight year. She is hitting .417, is slugging .817 and has recorded 35 RBI. The 2016 NESCAC Pitcher of the Year owns a 15-1 record in the circle with a 1.76 ERA in 95.2 innings of work entering the Super Regional.
Kim led the NESCAC with 46 runs scored and is batting .356 with a .555 slugging percentage and a team-leading 12 steals. Mapes is batting .364 with a .441 on-base percentage this season. She has belted 10 home runs, third on the team behind Curt and Murphy and driven in 42 runs, only the fifth Eph ever to reach 40 RBI in a single season. Beck has had the finest season of her career, batting .394 to date with six home runs and 30 RBI. She has set career highs in runs, hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, walks, extra-bases and total bases.
The Ephs are batting a collective .349 with a team .415 on-base percentage. They have set new single-season team records for runs scored (327), home runs (62), doubles (97) and RBI (300). Williams has a 17-game win streak heading into the Super Regional.