FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

May 5, 2006

 

The 2006 Little East Conference
Softball Tournament

The Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex at Rhode Island College

Providence, RI

 

Game Eight

 

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ANCHORWOMEN ADVANCE TO TITLE GAME IN, 5-2, WIN
Six Errors Plague Huskies

Providence, RIóTop-seeded Rhode Island College remained undefeated in 2006 Little East Conference Softball Tournament play as the Anchorwomen downed fifth-seeded Southern Maine, 5-2. The Huskies will play an elimination game with sixth-seeded UMass Dartmouth tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. with the Anchorwomen set to play the winner at noon.

 

Rhode Island College has won all three of its games in the tourney, having downed UMass Dartmouth, 7-1, in opening round action yesterday morning. The Anchorwomen, who have captured back-to-back Little East Conference Regular Season Crowns, have never won the tournament nor made it to the NCAA Div. III Softball Tournament. The winner of the LEC Tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

 

The Huskies, who had not allowed a run through 15 innings of tournament play coming into the game, imploded defensively and made six errors, including two dropped fly balls in the outfield. The Anchorwomen capitalized on each mistake, plating five runs on seven hits, with only one RBI. Southern Maine freshman starting pitcher Bree Loon (Jay, ME) allowed just one earned run to go along with seven strikeouts in a losing (10-7) effort.

 

The Anchorwomen were led by junior starting pitcher Nicole Riley (North Providence, RI), who has not lost a game since Mar. 17, as she went the distance, allowing just one earned run on six hits, while striking out eight, to earn her 23rd (23-2) win of the year.

 

Senior left fielder Katie Benevides (North Dighton, MA) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while sophomore first baseman Christie Lotti (Waterford, CT) went 2-for-3 with one RBI to pace the Anchorwomen offense.

 

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