FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

April 26, 2009

 

SOFTBALL SWEEPS WESTCONN
Anchorwomen Then Travel to Eastern Connecticut
to Finish Apr. 10 Game

Danbury, CT—The Rhode Island College softball team won both games of a doubleheader (6-1, 5-3) vs. Western Connecticut in the Little East Conference regular season finale at Westside Field on Sunday afternoon. The Anchorwomen then had to travel to Eastern Connecticut to finish the second game of an April 10 doubleheader with Keene State, which had ended in a 6-6 tie after eight innings. RIC lost the game, 9-8, in 10 innings, concluding the marathon day.

 

The Anchorwomen raise their record to 36-4 and finish with a 13-1 mark in the LEC, establishing a program record for conference wins and winning percentage in a season. RIC's previous high mark was 12-2.

 

Rhode Island College, which secured at least a share of the Little East Conference Regular Season Championship with a doubleheader sweep of Eastern Connecticut yesterday, has now won the league's regular season title for the past five years and the outright championship in four of those campaigns.

 

 

 

In the opener, Rhode Island College took an early lead in the top of the first inning without the benefit of a hit.  After a leadoff walk and a sacrifice bunt, back to back WestConn errors gave Rhode Island College a 1-0 lead with runners at second and third and one out.  WestConn freshman starter Meg Dargon (Trumbull, CT) pitched out of the jam by striking out the next RIC batter and getting the final out on a grounder to third base. 

 

 Both teams went down in order in the second inning, but in the top of the third, a home run by sophomore Kayla Jandreau (Plainville, CT) after a walk to Michelle Perrin (Saugus, MA) extended the Rhode Island College lead to 3-0.  In the bottom of the fourth, back to back WestConn singles, an infield fly, and a walk loaded the bases with one out.  Sophomore Gina Facchini (Preston, CT), who led off the inning with a single up the middle, scored from third on a passed ball to close the gap to 3-1. 

 

 Two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh pushed the Rhode Island College advantage to 6-1 and sophomore pitcher Amanda Berard (Swansea, MA) took care took care of the rest.  After entering the game with one out in the fourth, Berard allowed no runs, only two WestConn hits, walked none, struck out three, and allowed only one Colonial to reach scoring position to secure the 6-1 game-one victory for Rhode Island College.

 

 RIC sophomore designated player Laura Kostenblatt (Keene, NH) went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, while Jandreau knocked in two and scored a run with a home run in the third.

 

In game two, Rhode Island College again threatened to break open the game early with three straight singles followed by a WestConn error to take a 2-0 lead.  The damage could have been much worse, but the WestConn defense gunned down two runners at home plate,  to end the inning.  Again both teams went quietly in the second inning, but in the top of the third WestConn starting pitcher sophomore Brittany Connors (Waterford, CT) failed to retire a batter and was replaced by game-one starter Dargon.  With one run in, no outs, and the bases loaded, Dargon snagged a ground ball and quickly threw to catcher Anna Levesque (Waterford, CT), who then fired a strike to third base to complete the double play.  When the next Rhode Island College batter grounded out to second, the Colonials had again escaped a potential rally and allowed only one run. 

 

 Much like game one, WestConn’s first run scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the fourth inning.  Junior Katelyn Farrell (Stratford, CT) led off with a single and then stole second.  Gina Facchini bunted to move Farrell to third.  Farrell then scored on a passed ball to narrow the RIC lead to 3-1.  In the top of the fifth inning, two more WestConn errors led to two Rhode Island College runs and a 5-1 lead. 

 

The score remained 5-1 going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but the Colonials led off the seventh with a single by Facchini and a double by sophomore Amy Hartman (Ellington, CT).  A Rhode Island College error and a sacrifice bunt scored both runners to cut the lead to 5-3 with one out.  The second out came when freshman Danielle Basciano (Holmes, NY) was thrown out at home after a failed pick-off attempt by the RIC catcher.  As Basciano dove back into third base the throw sailed into left field.  Basciano scrambled to her feet and dashed for home, but RIC’s Jandreau charged the ball in left field and made a perfect throw home to cut down Basciano.  Even with two outs, the Colonials got back to back hits from junior Becca Andruskiwec (Orange, CT) and freshman Kristin Ferrante (New Paltz, NY), but a hard liner to second base ended the threat and the regular season, giving RIC a 5-3 victory and the sweep.

 

 Sophomore Catcher/Outfielder Kayla Jandreau

 

 Jandreau went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in the nightcap. Perrin was one hit off the pace with a 2-for-4 performance.

 

With the game-one victory, Rhode Island College’s Jenna Deveines (Lowville, NY) improves to 13-0 on the season, while WestConn’s Meg Dargon falls to 10-7.  In game two, Melanie Neece (Westfield, MA) improved to 11-2, while Brittany Connors takes the loss and falls to 7-4.  Berard earned her 10th and 11th saves of the season.

 

 

 Junior Pitcher Jenna Deveines

 

WestConn concludes the regular season with a 21-17 overall record and an 8-6 mark in the Little East Conference.

 

 In the Keene State game (played in Willimantic, CT), action started in the top ninth with the score tied up, 6-6. In the 10th inning, Jandreau doubled in the go-ahead run, then scored on an error to put the Anchorwomen up, 8-6. The Owls came back in the home half of the frame, scoring three runs on an error, wild pitch and a game-winning single by sophomore Ashley Annis (Gilford, NH). Berard suffered the loss (12-2).

 

Rhode Island College is the top seed and will play host for the 2009 Little East Conference Softball Tournament for the fourth time in the past five years on Thursday-Saturday, April 30-May 2.

 

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