FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

May 4, 2007

 

2007 Little East Conference Softball Tournament
 Score Report

Providence, RI

 

GAME 10

 

 

 

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ANCHORWOMEN DOWN COLONIALS, 4-2
Force Decisive Game 11 For Little East Title

Providence, RI—Top-seeded Rhode Island College came from behind to defeat third-seeded Western Connecticut, 4-2, in game 10 of the 2007 Little East Conference Softball Tournament at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex. The Anchorwomen and the Colonials are both 3-1 at the tourney, which forces a decisive Championship Game in this double elimination format to determine the winner to be played at 3 p.m.

 

The Colonials (24-12) handed RIC just its third shutout loss of the season in a 2-0 win yesterday in game eight. The Anchorwomen (36-5) had to play an elimination game prior to the contest, knocking out second-seeded Keene State, 4-1, with a four-run outburst in the bottom of the sixth.

 

WestConn sophomore shortstop Loren Angiolillo (Wolcott, CT) opened the second inning with a line shot that ricocheted off of RIC junior third baseman Krystal Bilek (Fitchburg, MA) for a double. With two out, Angiolillo stole third and scored as the attempted throw sailed into left field.

 

The Colonials made it, 2-0, in the third as junior left fielder Megan Brunell (North Attleboro, MA) doubled and was sacrificed to third. Senior first baseman Megan Cirigliano (Newington, CT) laid down a bunt single that scored Brunell.

 

Rhode Island College lifted senior starting pitcher Nicole Riley (North Providence, RI), who had pitched the complete game victory over Keene State in the prior game, for freshman pitcher Jenna Deveines (Lowville, NY) who walked the next two batters to load the bases with one out.

 

The Anchorwomen brought on freshman pitcher Jamie Sacco (Bellingham, MA) who fielded freshman pinch hitter Julia Witzig’s (Rowley, MA) grounder and cut down freshman pinch runner Katelyn Farrell (Stratford, CT) at the plate for the second out. Sacco then got junior designated player Cortney Romyns (Newton, NJ) to pop out to end the threat.

 

Rhode Island College cut the deficit to one run in the bottom of the third as junior first baseman Christie Lotti (Waterford, CT) singled. With two down, senior catcher Kristyn Alexander (East Wareham, MA) doubled to left field and Lotti was able to score as WestConn freshman center fielder Becca Andruskiwec (Orange, CT) lost control of the ball.

 

The Anchorwomen broke out in the fifth as Bilek notched a bases-loaded RBI bunt, freshman second baseman Mandy Shurgot (Woonsocket, RI) hit a sacrifice fly and sophomore designated player Justine Burgess (Uxbridge, MA) capped the three-run frame with an RBI-single.

 

Sacco slammed the door, throwing 4.2 innings of scoreless relief to earn her fifth win (5-2) of the season.

 

WestConn junior starting pitcher Shelby Slie (Seymour, CT) took the loss (12-4), allowing two runs on four hits to go along with six strikeouts. Slie had not allowed an earned run in 23 innings of work during the 2007 tourney prior to the RIC fifth inning.

 

Rhode Island College established a new school record for wins in a season (36) with the win, surpassing the previous record (35) set by the 2006 edition.

 

-Complete box score to follow-