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May 2, 2005

 

Rhode Island College Softball Clinches
Share of 2005 Little East
Regular Season Championship
Anchorwomen to host LEC Tourney May 5-7

(21-13 Overall; 10-2 in the Little East)

Providence, RI--Head Coach Maria Morinís team has clinched at least a share of the 2005 Little East Conference Softball Regular Season Championship. All RIC needs to do to clinch the title outright is win one game in its doubleheader with Eastern Connecticut on Tuesday, May 3. The Anchorwomen will host the 2005 Little East Conference Softball Tournament on May 5-7 regardless of what happens in the ECSU games. RIC holds tiebreakers over the rest of the LEC field.

 

This is the first time in the programís history that the Anchorwomen have finished first in the conference. The team is 21-13 overall and 10-2 in the Little East Conference. 2005 marks RICís seventh consecutive season with 20 or more wins.

 

 The Anchorwomen had two doubleheaders last week and went 3-1. RIC took two games on the road from LEC rival Western Connecticut (9-6 10 INN, 8-2) on Tuesday, Apr. 26, before splitting two games at home with LEC foe Plymouth State (3-0, 0-2) on Friday, Apr. 29. The regular season finale vs. Eastern Connecticut was rained out on Saturday, Apr. 30 and the games have been rescheduled for tomorrow afternoon.

 

 Freshman first baseman Christie Lotti (Waterford, CT) has played in 33 games, starting 32 of them. She is batting a team-high .440 with a team-high 48 hits, 29 runs scored, 11 walks, six triples, four home runs and 15 stolen bases along with nine doubles and 15 RBI. Her four home runs are a new single-season program record. Lotti owns a .743 slugging percentage, a .492 on base percentage and a .968 fielding percentage. She has named the Little East Player of the Week once and was the LECís Rookie of the Week once this season.

 

Senior third baseman Amy Machado (Newport, RI) has played in 33 games, starting 32 of them. She is batting .324 with 35 hits, two home runs nine doubles, two triples, 12 runs scored and a team-high 22 RBI. Machado owns a .500 slugging percentage, a .345 on-base percentage and a .903 fielding percentage.

 

Sophomore pitcher Nicole Riley (North Providence, RI) has appeared in 21 games, starting 14 of them. She owns a 9-5 record with one save. She has a 2.14 ERA and has pitched four complete games. In a 90.2 innings pitched, she has struck out 81 batters. As a hitter, she has played in 17 games, starting 13 of them. She is batting .200 with seven hits, one triple, seven walks, one stolen base six runs scored and four RBI. Riley owns a .257 slugging percentage, a .333 on base percentage and a .880 fielding percentage.

 

Freshman pitcher Heidi Eichler (Madison, CT) has appeared in 22 games, starting 17 of them. She owns a 10-7 record two saves and a 1.90 ERA along with nine complete games. In a team-high 99.2 innings pitched, she has struck out a team-high 93 batters. As a hitter, she has played in nine games, starting six of them. She is batting .273 with three hits, one double, one walk and two runs scored. Eichler owns a .364 slugging percentage, a .333 on base percentage and a .958 fielding percentage.

 

Freshman catcher/infielder Jeanne Rosa (Milford, CT) has played in 22 games, starting 19 of them. She is batting .333 with 18 hits, five doubles, five RBI and eight runs scored. Rosa owns a .426 slugging percentage, a .339 on base percentage and a .970 fielding percentage.

 

Freshman catcher Krystal Bilek (Fitchburg, MA) has played in 16 games, starting 11 of them. She is batting .302 with 13 hits, one home run, two doubles, four walks, four runs scored and 11 RBI. Bilek owns a .419 slugging percentage, a .308 on base percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage.

 

Junior outfielder Katie Benevides (North Dighton, MA) has played in 31 games, starting all of them. She is batting .244 with 21 hits, one double, three stolen bases, ten runs scored, nine RBI and two walks. Benevides owns a .256 slugging percentage, a .278 on base percentage and a .976 fielding percentage.

 

Sophomore shortstop Adora Burke (Naples, ME) has played in 31 games, starting 26 of them. She is batting .312 with 24 hits, one home run, three doubles, one triple, nine walks, 15 runs scored and 11 RBI. Burke owns a .416 slugging percentage and a .384 on base percentage along with a .899 fielding percentage.

 

Junior outfielder Megan Ponte (Wakefield, RI) has played in 29 games, starting 28 of them. She is batting .215 with 15 hits, one triple, one home run, four walks, two stolen bases, 11 runs scored and three RBI. Ponte owns a .286 slugging percentage, a .295 on-base percentage and a .973 fielding percentage.

 

Sophomore catcher/designated player Kristyn Alexander (East Wareham, MA) has played in 33 games, starting 29 of them. She is batting .264 with 24 hits, four doubles, three walks, three runs scored and six RBI. Alexander owns a .308 slugging percentage, a .309 on-base percentage and a .983 fielding percentage.

 

Junior outfielder Andree Sitnik (Lincoln, RI) has played in 25 games, starting 18 of them. She is batting .195 with eight hits, two doubles, one RBI, nine runs scored and three walks. Sitnik owns a .244 slugging percentage, a .250 on-base percentage and a .810 fielding percentage.

 

Sophomore infielder Crystal OíConnell (Somerset, MA) has played in 15 games, starting 11 of them. She is batting .125 with three hits, three runs scored, three walks, two stolen bases and two RBI. OíConnell owns a .125 slugging percentage, a .250 on-base percentage and a .920 fielding percentage.

 

Sophomore infielder Katelyn Labelle (South Dartmouth, MA) has played in 17 games, starting 11 of them. She is batting .190 with four hits, one double, four walks, five runs scored and one RBI. Labelle owns a .238 slugging percentage, a .320 on-base percentage and a .951 fielding percentage.

 

Sophomore infielder Casie Lyons (Hudson, MA) has played in 26 games, starting 20 of them. She is batting .178 with eight hits, four walks and seven runs scored. Lyons owns a .178 slugging percentage, a .245 on-base percentage and a .945 fielding percentage.

 

Freshman pitcher/infielder Katie Sayball (Milford, CT) has appeared in 13 games, starting three of them. She owns a 1-1 record with a 2.71 ERA. In 31.0 innings pitched, she has struck out 14 batters. As a hitter, she has played in 17 games, starting 11 of them. She is batting .118 with two hits, two walks and one run scored. Sayball owns a .118 slugging percentage, a .211 on base percentage and a .978 fielding percentage.

 

Freshman designated player/pitcher Kayla Baranski (Cumberland, RI) has played in 14 games, starting three of them. She is batting .150 with three hits, two walks and two RBI. Baranski owns a .167 slugging percentage, a .238 on base percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage. On the mound, she has appeared in two games. She has a record of 1-0 and a 2.10 ERA in 6.2 innings pitched.

 

Freshman outfielder Rachelle Edgar (Waterford, CT) has played in 17 games, starting eight of them. She is hitting .211 with four hits, one stolen base and four runs scored. Edgar owns a .211 slugging percentage, a .250 on base percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage.

 

Freshman outfielder Amy Huston (Wakefield, RI) has played in 14 games. She has one walk and four runs scored.

 

Freshman second baseman/shortstop Katie Chadwick (Wakefield, RI) has played in ten games, starting three of them.

 

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