FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

April 28, 2007

 

Rhode Island College Softball Score Report

Providence, RI

 

GAME ONE

 

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2

3

4

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7

 

 

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H

E

Eastern Connecticut (21-13, 8-5)

2

1

0

1

0

0

0

 

 

4

5

0

#13 Rhode Island College (29-4, 9-2)

0

0

1

2

2

0

X

 

 

5

10

0

 

GAME TWO

 

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7

 

 

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E

Eastern Connecticut (21-14, 8-6)

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0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

2

7

2

#13 Rhode Island College (30-4, 10-2)

0

1

0

1

1

0

X

 

 

3

7

2

 

ANCHORWOMEN SWEEP WARRIORS
Shurgot & Burgess Pace RIC Attack

Providence, RI— Rhode Island College controls its own destiny heading into tomorrow’s Little East Conference regular season finale after sweeping a doubleheader from Eastern Connecticut at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex on Saturday afternoon. The Anchorwomen record their second consecutive season with 30 or more wins as they improve to 30-4 overall and 10-2 in the Little East. The Warriors falls to 21-14 overall and 8-6 in league action.

 

Game one was a tight affair as Rhode Island College freshman designated player Mandy Shurgot (Woonsocket, RI) blasted a two-run homer over the left field fence in the bottom of the fifth inning as the Anchorwomen rallied to defeat the Warriors, 5-4.

 

 

Freshman right fielder Michelle Perrin (Saugus, MA) and sophomore second baseman Justine Burgess (Uxbridge, MA) paced the Rhode Island College attack with 3-for-3 showings and an RBI each from the plate. Shurgot chipped in with 2 RBIs, while junior shortstop Jeanne Rosa (Milford, CT) added an RBI.

 

Eastern Connecticut jumped out to an early three-run advantage by the second inning, connecting on a trio of solo home runs. Senior third baseman Karen Taber (Deep River, CT) cracked the scoring column with a two-out solo homer (2), while sophomore first baseman Rachel Denny (West Haven, CT) followed suit with her fifth home run of the campaign in the first inning. The Warriors continued their two-out trouble in the next frame as freshman shortstop Kim Church (Framingham, CT) launched her sixth home run (6) of the season.  Rhode Island College senior pitcher Nicole Riley (North Providence, RI) had only allowed two homers all season coming into today’s action.

 

 Rhode Island College began its rally in the bottom of the third inning when Burgess belted an RBI double. The Anchorwomen continued to whittle away at their deficit in the fourth inning. Sophomore left fielder Kelli McCartin (Cranston, RI) led off with a double to left field and scored on a one-out double by Burgess. Perrin delivered some two-out magic of her own, knocking in Burgess with a single to right field. 

 

Riley settled down after the third inning to register her 13th complete game of the season. The right-hander retired the final nine batters in order to raise her record to 21-2. She allowed four runs on just five hits, while striking out eight, in seven innings of work.

 

Riley started game two and was  greeted rudely by a Rachel Denny two-run blast (6) to put the Warriors on top, 2-0. Riley was lifted after one inning of work, giving way to freshman Jamie Sacco (Bellingham, MA). Sacco threw six innings of shutout ball to give her offense a chance to come back.

 

In the second inning, Eastern Connecticut sophomore starter Katie Pensiero (Stamford, CT) loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batsman. Rosa plated Burgess with a ground out to third base to cut the deficit to one run.

 

RIC tied the game, 2-2, in the fourth as freshman pinch hitter Cassie Taverna (Bedford, MA) plated Shurgot with a single to right field. The Anchorwomen scored what proved to be the game-winning run in the fifth as junior first baseman Christie Lotti (Waterford, CT) singled, was sacrificed to second and advanced to third on a senior catcher Kristyn Alexander (East Wareham, MA) ground out. Junior third baseman Krystal Bilek (Fitchburg, MA) hit a rocket that Warrior senior third basemen Taber dove to her right to knock down, but allowed Lotti to score with the go-ahead run, 3-2.

 

Sacco slammed the door to earn her fourth (4-2) win of the season, allowing just four hits, while striking out three. Pensiero took the loss (7-7), allowing three runs on seven hits to go along with three Ks.

 

If Rhode Island College wins at least one game in tomorrow’s doubleheader against UMass Dartmouth, the Anchorwomen will clinch their third consecutive LEC Regular Season title. It will be Senior Day as both Alexander and Riley will be honored prior to the game. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Bazar Softball Complex.

 

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