WPI Athletics Weekly Update #29


Sports & Recreation

Brittany Bolster was one of three Engineers to bat 2-for-3 in game one and Renee LeClaire went 3-for-3 with a double in game two as WPI topped Wheaton, 6-3 and 9-4, Saturday in a NEWMAC Softball doubleheader on Rooftop Field.  The Engineers are now 15-5 on the season, 5-1 against NEWMAC teams and tied with MIT atop the leaderboard.  The sweep capped a huge week as WPI split a doubleheader Wednesday with No.12 Amherst and swept a twinbill Friday against defending NEWMAC regular season champion Springfield. Pitcher Kelsey Saucier collected a win in all three doubleheaders.

Baseball accumulated 33 runs on 43 hits in a doubleheader sweep of Emerson that included a combined 31 runs and 37 hits in the second game Saturday at the New England Baseball Complex. The Engineers took the first game 12-2 and the second 21-10. The Boynton Hillers' 22 hits in game two ties for the most since March 6, 2017 versus Muskingum (OH) and the 21 runs is the most since game one versus Coast Guard on April 15, 2017.  On Thursday Benjamin Chaffee ended the game with a three-run shot to left to lift WPI to a 6-4, 11-inning victory over visiting Fitchburg State.

Alex Rus, Ben Steeves and Jack DeVine earned gold as the Men’s Track & Field team placed second in the outdoor season opener Saturday at the Tufts Snowflake Classic.  Rus needed only 49.79 to take the 400-meter dash while Steeves broke the tape with a NEWMAC-leading 1:56.27 in the 800-meter run and DeVine achieved a distance of 22-6.25 to win the long jump. Elizabeth Kirschner and Kendra O’Malley earned silver in the triple jump and hammer throw, respectively, as Women’s Track & Field tied for fourth place. Kirschner leaped just over 35 feet (35-1) and O’Malley sent the hammer 146-3.

Led by seniors Sabrina Guzzi and Izzy Garver, 12 WPI student-athletes were recognized for academics by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA). The team, meanwhile, was honored for the 13th consecutive year. The duo earned their fourth NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad selection while Guzzi was also named as a repeat Scholar of Distinction.

Men’s and Women’s Rowing kicks off the spring portion of their schedules this weekend by hosting Regattas on both Saturday and Sunday morning.   Saturday features the Class of 2003 Cup for the men and the Jennifer McLaughlin Cup for the women.  Also at home this week is Softball on Wednesday for a 3:30pm makeup doubleheader against Westfield State and Baseball on Friday for a 3:30pm NEWMAC contest versus Clark at the New England Baseball Complex in Northboro.  Also next weekend, Track and Field heads to Western Mass for the Amherst Spring Fling Invitational.

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Thanks and see you at the game - Rusty and Mark

Student-Athlete of the Week

Alex Rus - Track and Field - Sophomore - Newton, MA

Alex Rus of the track and field team has been honored as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, April 1st.  Rus captured the 400 meter dash title at the Tufts Snowflake Classic on Saturday by turning in a time of 49.79.  His performance is the best so far this season in the NEWMAC and led a WPI medal sweep in the event as Warren Staver (Centreville, MD) and Paul-Henry Schoenhagen (Cleveland Heights, OH) placed second (49.80) and third (50.37).   


Kelsey Saucier - Softball - Senior - Worcester, MA

Kelsey Saucier from the softball team has been selected as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, April 1st.  Saucier earned three of the Engineers five wins, including a triumph over No. 12 Amherst. The senior was also key in the openers versus Springfield and Wheaton. In 18 1/3 innings, Saucier allowed just six runs while scattering 19 hits and registering six strikeouts en route to improving to 6-1 on the season.  

 Baseball (10-10 overall, 2-3 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News
3/27 - Tropeano Notches 100th Career Hit as Baseball Falls to Babson in NEWMAC Play
3/29 - Chaffee, DeDonato Clutch as Baseball Outlasts Fitchburg State in 11 Innings
3/31 - Baseball Boasts 43 Hits, 33 Runs in NEWMAC Set Versus Emerson

Softball (15-5 overall, 5-1 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News
3/26 - Gonzales Garners NEWMAC Softball Athlete of the Week Accolades
3/28 - Wood, Gonzales & Saucier Key Victory in Softball Split With No. 12 Amherst
3/30 - Graca and Gonzales Help Guide Softball in NEWMAC Sweep of Springfield
3/31 - Team Effort Highlights Softball’s Game Two Comeback in DH Sweep of Wheaton

Men’s Track and Field

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
3/31 - Rus, Steeves & DeVine Win as Men’s Track & Field Second at Tufts in Outdoor Opener

Women’s Track and Field

Schedule and Results Roster | News
3/31 - Kirschner and O’Malley Lead Women’s Track & Field in Outdoor Opener at Tufts

Men’s Rowing

Schedule and Results | Roster News
Begins spring season on Saturday, April 7th hosting Wesleyan, Colby, UMass and Hamilton in the (Class of 2003 Cup)

Women’s Rowing

Schedule and Results Roster | News
​Begins spring season on Saturday, April 7th hosting Wesleyan, Colby, Smith in the Jennifer McLaughlin Cup and Pacific Lutheran

Last Week's Results

Tuesday, March 27
Babson 9, Baseball 3 

Wednesday, March 28
Softball 7, Amherst 3
Amherst 11, Softball 3  (5 Innings) 

Thursday, March 29
Baseball 6, Fitchburg State 4  (11 Innings) 

Friday, March 30
Softball 4, Springfield 1
Softball 7, Springfield 6 

Saturday, March 31
Baseball 12, Emerson 2
Baseball 21, Emerson 10
Softball 6, Wheaton 3
Softball 9, Wheaton 4
Men’s Track and Field - 1st place at Tufts Snowflake Invitational   
Women’s Track and Field - Tied for 4th place at Tufts Snowflake Invitational     

Next Week's Games

Tuesday, April 3
Baseball at Babson 3:30 

Wednesday, April 4
Westfield State at Softball (DH) (From 3/23) 3:30  

Friday, April 6
Softball at Clark (DH) 3:00
Clark at Baseball 3:30 

Saturday, April 7
Track and Field at Amherst Spring Fling Invitational 11:00am
Baseball at Clark (DH) Noon
Softball at Babson (DH) Noon
Men’s Rowing vs. Wesleyan, Colby, UMass & Hamilton (Class of 2003 Cup)
Women’s Rowing vs. Wesleyan, Colby, Smith (Jennifer McLaughlin Cup) & Pacific Lutheran

Sunday, April 8
Men’s Rowing vs. Bates
Women’s Rowing vs. Hamilton, Clark, Pacific Lutheran, Mount Holyoke, Simmons & Bates

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