Softball’s First-Ever Berth in NCAA Division III Finals

Softball’s First-Ever Berth in NCAA Division III Finals

Subsequent to being held without a hit for five innings, the WPI softball crew detonated for six runs in the lower part of the 6th inning for a staggering 6-1 triumph over Tufts, finishing a breadth of Saturday's doubleheader and securing the NCAA Division Worcester Super Regional title at Rooftop Field.

With their fight against eminent loss win in the best-of-three series, the Engineers secure their very first compartment in the NCAA Division III Softball Finals. The Engineers (35-15) will go to Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Virginia to start the twofold end title competition on May 26th. Sections, matchups and timetable will be delivered on Sunday or Monday.

Katie Martin (Bedford, NH) was named both the Most Outstanding Pitcher and Most Outstanding Player of the Super Regional. Martin, who tossed 19 of 20 innings for the Engineers in the Super Regional, was sharp in the choosing game three. She permitted only one sudden spike in demand for three hits and didn't give a stroll while striking out four.

With just six outs remaining to keep their season alive, the Engineers rallied for all six of their runs before an out was recorded in the sixth.

Now leading 2-1, WPI loaded the bases with still none out and then plated two more when a ball off the bat of Jocelyn Diaz (Reedley, CA) was thrown away by DiCocco as she attempted to get the force out at home.

Kallie Case (Phoenix, AZ) padded the lead even more with a two-run double to right field.

Martin (25-6) got the first two Jumbos to ground out in the top of the seventh, and then, after a bunt single, threw her glove in the air to celebrate as the final out was made on a force out at second base.

The decisive blow for the Jumbos (36-12) with a home run to center field with two outs in the fifth to give Tufts a 1-0 lead.