FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

April 25, 2009

 

ANCHORWOMEN SWEEP WARRIORS
Clinch Little East Regular Season Title & Will Host
Upcoming Conference Tournament

Providence, RI—The Rhode Island College softball team swept a doubleheader (2-1, 6-4) from Little East Conference rival Eastern Connecticut in a showdown of the league’s top two teams on Saturday afternoon at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex.

 

With the wins, RIC clinches at least a share of the Little East Regular Season Championship and will host the upcoming LEC Tournament beginning on Thursday, April 30. It marks the fifth consecutive season the Anchorwomen have finished the regular season on top of the league standings.

 

 

 

RIC will close out the regular season with a doubleheader at Western Connecticut tomorrow afternoon. The Anchorwomen needs just one win to claim the outright regular season title. Rhode Island College won three consecutive outright LEC regular season championships from 2005-07, before sharing the conference crown with Eastern Connecticut last spring. 2009 will mark the fourth time in the past five years that the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex has played host to the LEC Tournament.

 

The Anchorwomen are currently 34-3-1 overall and 11-0-1 in the Little East. RIC will be looking to set a program record for a regular season LEC record tomorrow. RIC’s previous-best conference record was 12-2, established in three of the past four years.

 

Eastern Connecticut falls to 22-8 overall and 9-3 in the losses.

 

 

 Senior left fielder Kelli McCartin was honored, along with her mother Debra,
prior to the start of the doubleheader as part of Senior Day 2009.

 

RIC junior right fielder Michelle Perrin (Saugus, MA) won the first game in dramatic fashion, smacking an RBI double to center field to score sophomore shortstop Donielle Mattoon (Coventry, RI), with one down in the bottom of the seventh to give the Anchorwomen a walk-off victory.

 

 

 Junior right fielder Michelle Perrin

 

Mattoon led off the frame with a hard shot that ricocheted off Eastern Connecticut freshman pitcher Molly Rathbun’s (Hebron, CT) leg for a single. Sophomore second baseman Amanda Perry (New Bedford, MA) laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move Mattoon into scoring position, setting the stage for Perrin’s heroics.

 

RIC took a 1-0 lead in the fourth as junior center fielder Jackie Dube (Barrington, NH) laid down a bunt with no one out and runners on second and third. Dube was erased at first, but freshman third baseman Cristina Bailey (Londonderry, NH) slid hard into home and knocked the ball out of Eastern Connecticut junior catcher Nikki Mustin’s (Canterbury, CT) mitt.

 

The Warriors battled back to tie the game in the sixth as freshman right fielder Priscilla Alicea (Stratford, CT) lined a hard shot back at RIC sophomore pitcher Amanda Berard (Swansea, MA). She was able to knock the ball down, but her errant throw to first sent Alicea all the way to third. Sophomore left fielder Katie Dinihanian (Stratford, CT) got Alicea across with the tying run on a fielder’s choice grounder.

 

 

 Sophomore pitcher Amanda Berard

 

Berard, who was making just her fourth start of the year, earned her 11th win and fourth complete game, as she allowed just one unearned run on three hits to go along with six strikeouts. Rathbun took the loss (14-3), allowing one earned run on four hits in 6.1 innings of work. She struck out nine.

 

The Warriors quickly took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of game two as junior shortstop Kim Church (Farmington, CT) homered (1) off of RIC sophomore starter Melanie Neece (Westfield, MA). RIC answered right back in the home half of the frame as Perry walked and later came home on classmate designated player Laura Kostenblatt’s (Keene, NH) RBI single.

 

The hosts jumped on top with two runs in the second as Perry notched an RBI fielder’s choice and sophomore catcher Kayla Jandreau (Plainville, CT) walked with the bases loaded.

 

The visitors had their most productive inning of the day in the third on a senior catcher Rachel Denny (East Haddam, CT) three-run homer (1).

 

RIC took the lead back for good in the fourth as two runs came home on a fielding error and sophomore first baseman Chelsi Panarelli (Shrewsbury, MA) smacked an RBI single.

 

Berard came in for Neece in the third and earned her second win (12-1) of the day. She struck out six, while surrendering just four hits, in four innings of work. ECSU freshman reliever Rosie Manzo (Hudson, MA) suffered the loss (2-3).

 

 Perrin established a new program record with her 29th career sacrifice in game one.

 

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