FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

May 4, 2007

 

2007 Little East Conference Softball Tournament
 Score Report

Providence, RI

 

GAME NINE

 

 

 

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#2 Keene State (27-7)

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#1 Rhode Island College (35-5)

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ANCHORWOMEN ELIMINATE OWLS, 4-1
Shurgot & Taverna Lead RIC in Breakthrough Sixth

Providence, RIóTop-seeded Rhode Island College used a two-out, four-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning to eliminate second-seeded Keene State, 4-1, from the 2007 Little East Conference Softball Tournament at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex.

 

The Anchorwomen (35-5) will face third-seeded Western Connecticut at 12:30 p.m. this afternoon. Rhode Island College lost, 2-0, to the Colonials yesterday, and will have to defeat WestConn twice in order to win the LEC Championship.

 

Keene State (27-7) scored their only run in the first inning as sophomore third baseman Jenna Patnode (Surry, NH) reached on an error, stole second and continued on to third via a throwing error. Junior second baseman Jessica Starkey (Keene, NH) singled in Patnode to put the Owls on top, 1-0.

 

KSC junior starting pitcher Ashlee Nicholson (Swanzey, NH) took over from there, pitching 5.2 innings of shutout ball until the Anchorwomen broke through in the sixth.

 

After retiring the first two batters, RIC senior catcher Kristyn Alexander (East Wareham, MA) singled and was lifted for freshman pinch runner Robin Zemienieski (Old Saybrook, CT). Junior third baseman Krystal Bilek (Fitchburg, MA) followed suit with a single to put runners on first and second. Freshman shortstop Mandy Shurgot (Woonsocket, RI) singled to left field to bring in Zemienieski in with the tying run and advance Bilek to second.

 

Keene State senior pitcher Erin Fuoroli (Warwick, RI) came in for Nicholson and promptly walked sophomore second baseman Justine Burgess (Uxbridge, MA). With the bases loaded, freshman designated player Cassie Taverna (Bedford, MA) singled up the middle to plate both Bilek and Shurgot, giving RIC a 3-1 lead. The Anchorwomen werenít done as Burgess stole third and scored on a throwing error.

 

Rhode Island College senior pitcher Nicole Riley (North Providence, RI) slammed the door in the seventh to earn her 25th (25-3) win of the season. Riley allowed just one unearned run on four hits to go along with six strikeouts.

 

Nicholson took the loss (14-2), allowing three runs on four hits, while striking out four.

 

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