FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

April 21, 2007

 

Rhode Island College Softball Score Report

Providence, RI

 

GAME ONE

 

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2

3

4

5

 

 

 

 

R

H

E

Plymouth State (11-11, 3-2)

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

0

2

4

#14 Rhode Island College (25-2, 5-0)

0

1

6

3

X

 

 

 

 

10

7

1

 

GAME TWO

 

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5

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7

 

 

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E

Plymouth State (11-12, 3-3)

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

 

1

5

1

#14 Rhode Island College (26-2, 6-0)

1

1

0

0

0

2

X

 

 

4

9

2

 

ANCHORWOMEN SWEEP PANTHERS
INCREASE WINNING STREAK TO 21 GAMES

Providence, RIóThe Rhode Island College softball team swept a Little East Conference doubleheader from visiting Plymouth State University this afternoon at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex. Senior right-hander Nicole Riley (North Providence, RI) raised her NCAA Division III softball record for consecutive wins to 42 with a 10-0 decision in game one, while earning her second save of the season as the Anchorwomen took the nightcap, 4-1.

 

Riley was nothing short of spectacular in the first game, striking out nine of the 14 batters she faced, while surrendering just one hit over four strong innings. She retired the side in order twice, while only allowing a lone Plymouth State baserunner to reach second once. Riley recorded her 19th victory (19-0) of the season and lowered her earned run average to a miniscule 0.42.

 

Senior catcher Kristyn Alexander (East Wareham, MA) led the Rhode Island College attack with a 3-for-3 showing from the plate with an RBI and a run scored. Junior third baseman Krystal Bilek (Fitchburg, MA) was also hot from the dish with a 2-for-3 performance and a team-high three RBIís.

 

Rhode Island College cracked the scoring column in the bottom of the second inning, when freshman second baseman Many Shurgot (Woonsocket, RI) blasted her first collegiate home run over the left field fence with one out.

 

The Anchorwomen were able to put the game out of reach in the following frame, capitalizing on four Panther errors to plate six runs. Bilek drilled an RBI-double down the left field line, while Shurgot logged her second RBI with a bases loaded walk. The hosts pushed two more across on a pair of errors by the visitorís infield. Rhode Island College also scored three in the following frame, capped by Bilekís second double down the left field line to push across a pair of runners.

 

Plymouth State (11-13, 3-3 LEC) sophomore pitcher Courtney MacFarland (Hampstead, NH) was the hard luck loser, giving up five hits on eight runs, three of which were earned, while logging a strikeout. Freshman Ashley Pinkham (Center Barnstead, NH) came on in relief to surrender two runs on two hits.

 

In the nightcap, Rhode Island College was able to out-duel Plymouth State. Three Anchorwomen pitcherís combined to limit the Panthers to a lone run on five hits, while striking out six. Sophomore starter Justine Burgess (Uxbridge, MA) surrendered just one hit over three innings, while freshman Jenna Deveines (Lowville, NY) earned her third win of the campaign with a scoreless one and one third innings.

 

Junior first basemen Christie Lotti (Waterford, CT) went 2-for-4 from the plate with an RBI, while freshman left fielder Jamie Mastrocola (Everett, MA) was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Freshman center fielder Jackie Dube (Barrington, NH) also turned in a multiple hit performance with an RBI single.

 

Rhode Island College jumped out to an early advantage with a single run in each of the first two frames. Alexander cracked an RBI single to center in the first, while Lotti plated Mastrocola with an RBI triple in the second.

 

The Panthers freshman pitcher Kat Roland (Norton, MA) settled into a groove over the next three innings, limiting the Anchorwomen to just one hit. Roland tossed six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits. Plymouth State was able to solve the Rhode Island College pitching staff in the top of the sixth inning. The visitors used a bloop double and single down the left field line to put runners on second and third with one out. Sophomore third baseman Rachel Pothier (Reading, MA) hit a sacrifice fly to left field to plate the Plymouth Stateís lone run, while Riley fanned the next batter to work out of the jam.

 

Rhode Island College scored a pair of insurance runs in the bottom half of the frame to push its advantage to 4-1. Riley slammed the door shut with a strike out and a pair of foul outs to earn her second save.

 

     Rhode Island College returns to action at 12 p.m. on April 22, when the Anchorwomen host Keene State College in a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex.

 

-Complete box scores to follow-