WPI Athletics Weekly Update #25

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March 6, 2018

Caraline Wood batted 2-for-3 with a walk, home run, three RBI and two runs scored as Softball defeated Muhlenberg (PA), 7-4, to earn a split on the first day of the 2018 campaign Sunday at the Sunkissed Games. The Engineers were edged, 2-1, in the season opener by Alfred.  Wood erased an early deficit with a two-run shot to left in the bottom of the first. Muhlenberg countered with two in the top of the third; however, senior Ama Biney tripled and scored on a miscue and Kylie Juarez chased home sophomore Cassie Graca with a hit through the gap on the left side.

Hayley Poskus and Randy Melanson closed out the 2017-18 WPI swimming & diving season Saturday at the NCAA Division III Northeast North Diving Regional, hosted by Middlebury. After Poskus took 23rd on the 1-meter, Melanson claimed 16th on the 3-meter.  Poskus, and the Class of 2018, extended the program's streak of .500 or better seasons to eight while accounting for nearly half of head coach Paul Bennett's 75 women's victories. On the men's side, Melanson and company earned double-digit dual meet wins all four years and saw Bennett surpass 100 wins.

Austin Scott and Ryan Wittenberg bettered their NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championship qualifying times as select members of the Track & Field program took part in the Tufts National Qualifier Saturday in the Gantcher Center.  Scott, who came into the week 11th on the performance list, landed at No. 13 in the mile while Wittenberg clocked a school record 1:52.81 (1:51.22 converted) to move from 11th to fourth on the 800-meter run leader board.

The winter NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship teams were recently revealed following a busy championship weekend. Men's Basketball was represented by senior Chris Rodgers while senior Maura Buckley was the women's basketball selection. Senior diver Randy Melanson and senior swimmer Jenny Day were the men's and women's swimming & diving picks, respectively.

Baseball and Softball combine for 20 scheduled games this week in Florida over spring break.  Baseball is in Auburndale at the RussMatt Invitational while Softball is in Kissimmee at the Sunkissed Games.  Friday and Saturday sees competition in NCAA Championships as Justin Marsh (157 pounds) is in Cleveland for Wrestling while Ryan Wittenberg (800 Meters), Austin Scott (mile), Sydney Packard (800 meters) and the Women’s Distance Medley Relay of Emily Newman, Maggie LaRoche, Lea Strangio and Packard head to Birmingham, Alabama for Track and Field.

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Student-Athlete of the Week

Ryan Wittenberg - Track & Field - Junior - Bedford, NH​

Ryan Wittenberg from the track & field team has been honored as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, March 4th. Wittenberg set a school record during Saturday’s Tufts National Qualifier. Individually, he moved from 11th to fourth on the NCAA performance list with a 1:52.81 (1:51.22 converted) in the 800-meter run. He then teamed with Warren Staver, Alex Rus and Paul-Henry Schoenhagen to post a converted time of 3:16.96 in the 4x400-meter relay.

 

Caraline Wood - Softball - Junior - Averill Park, NY

Caraline Wood of the softball team has been selected as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, March 4th.  Wood batted 2-for-3 with a walk, home run, three RBI and two runs scored as Softball defeated Muhlenberg (PA), 7-4, to earn a split on the first day of the 2018 campaign Sunday at the Sunkissed Games. The junior erased an early deficit with a two-run shot to left in the bottom of the first and later delivered what proved to be the game-winner with a hit up the middle, and represented an insurance run, in the fifth.


Men’s Basketball (16-12 overall, 8-6 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News
2/27 - Rodgers Doubles Up With Men's Basketball All-NEWMAC First Team & Sportsmanship Nods

Women’s Basketball (22-6 overall, 13-3 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News
2/27 - Biney Boasts Co-Athlete, Defensive, and All-NEWMAC First Team Honors

Wrestling (18-4 overall)

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
Tyler Marsh competes in the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships on March 9th and 10th 

Men’s Swimming and Diving (10-4 overall)

Schedule and Results Roster | News
3/2 - Melanson and Poskus Compete on Day One of NCAA Division III Diving Regional
3/3 - Poskus and Melanson Wrap Up 2017-18 Swimming & Diving Campaign at NCAA Regional

Women’s Swimming and Diving (8-8 overall)

Schedule and Results | Roster News
3/2 - Melanson and Poskus Compete on Day One of NCAA Division III Diving Regional
3/3 - Poskus and Melanson Wrap Up 2017-18 Swimming & Diving Campaign at NCAA Regional

Men’s Track and Field

Schedule and Results Roster | News
3/3 - Scott, Wittenberg and 4x400 Set Records as Indoor T&F Makes Final Push at Tufts

Women’s Track and Field

Schedule and Results Roster | News
3/3 - Scott, Wittenberg and 4x400 Set Records as Indoor T&F Makes Final Push at Tufts

Baseball (0-0 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results Roster | Stats News
3/3 - Travel Woes Bumps Baseball’s Opening Day from Sunday to Monday

Softball (1-1 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News
3/4 - Wood Shines as Softball Outlasts Muhlenberg to Salvage Split on Opening Day


Last Week's Results

Fri., March 2 - Sat., March 3​
Men’s Swimming and Diving - 19th (1M) and 16th (1M) at Diving Regionals
Women’s Swimming and Diving - 25th (3M) and 23rd (1M) at Diving Regionals 

Saturday, March 3​
Men’s Track and Field - No Team Scoring at Tufts National Qualifier
Women’s Track and Field - No Team Scoring at Tufts National Qualifier 

Sunday, March 4​
Alfred (NY) 2, Softball 1 (at Kissimmee, FL)
Softball 7, Muhlenberg (PA) 4 (at Kissimmee, FL)
Baseball vs. Aurora (IL) (DH) (at Auburndale, FL) - Cancelled

Next Week's Games

Monday, March 5​
Baseball vs. Coe (IA) (DH) (at Auburndale, FL) 9:30am
Softball vs. Thiel (PA) (at Kissimmee, FL) 11:15am
Softball vs. St. Joseph’s (ME) (at Kissimmee, FL) 1:30 

Tuesday, March 6​
Baseball vs. Gwynedd Mercy (PA) (at Winter Haven, FL) 10:30am
Baseball vs. DeSales (PA) (at Winter Haven, FL) 1:30
Softball vs. Heidelberg (OH) (at Kissimmee, FL) 1:30
Softball vs. Meredith (NC) (at Kissimmee, FL) 6:00 

Wednesday, March 7                   
Baseball vs. Rhode Island College (DH) (at Auburndale, FL) 1:15 

Thursday. March 8
Softball vs. Westminster (PA) (at Kissimmee, FL) 9:00am
Softball vs. Bluffton (OH) (at Kissimmee, FL) 11:15am

Friday, March 9
Softball vs. Simmons (at Kissimmee, FL) 1:30
Baseball vs. Anna Maria (DH) (at Auburndale, FL) 2:45
Softball vs. Ohio Northern (at Kissimmee, FL) 3:45
Wrestling at NCAA Championships (at Baldwin-Wallace, OH) Day One
Track and Field at NCAA Championships (at North Central, IL) Day One 

Saturday, March 10
Baseball vs. St. Joseph’s (ME) (DH) (at Winter Haven, FL) 9:00am
Softball vs. College of New Jersey (at Kissimmee, FL) 9:00am
Softball vs. Centenary (NJ) (at Kissimmee, FL) 11:15am
Wrestling at NCAA Championships (at Baldwin-Wallace, OH) Day Two
Track and Field at NCAA Championships (at North Central, IL) Day Two

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