FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

May 8, 2009

 

RIC BOUNCES BACK WITH WIN
OVER BRIDGEWATER STATE
Perry Clouts Two Homers, including Grand Slam

Beverly, MA—Second-seeded Rhode Island College defeated sixth-seeded Bridgewater State, 7-2, in game six of the 2009 NCAA Div. III Softball Tournament New England Regional, hosted by Endicott this afternoon. RIC cannot lose for the remainder of the tournament due to its, 5-2, loss to seventh-seeded Springfield yesterday.

 

The Anchorwomen (41-6) advance to face the loser of top-seeded Tufts vs. fifth-seeded Emerson (2 p.m.) tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. in game nine. RIC tied the 2007 squad’s program record for wins in a season with the victory. The Bears (28-11) are eliminated from the NCAA Tournament, suffering their second loss at the Regional.

 

Sophomore second baseman Amanda Perry (New Bedford, MA) was dominant from the plate, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored, two homers (7) and six RBI, bringing her season total to 39, which breaks the RIC single season record she established in 2008. Perry and classmate first baseman Chelsi Panarelli’s (Shrewsbury, MA), who also went yard (7) in the contest, are now tied for the program record for homers in a season. Panarelli went 2-for-4 in the win.

 

 

 Sophomore second baseman Amanda Perry

 

Sophomore pitcher Amanda Berard (Swansea, MA) allowed just one hit with eight strikeouts in five innings en route to recording her 15th (15-2) win.

 

Rhode Island College took a 2-0 led in the third inning and never looked back. Sophomore shortstop Donielle Mattoon (Coventry, RI) led off with a double and came across on Perry’s blast over the left field fence.

 

The Anchorwomen put the game out of reach with a five-run fourth. Panarelli led off with a solo shot. Senior left fielder Kelli McCartin (Cranston, RI) and freshman third baseman Cristina Bailey (Londonderry, NH) each reached on a fielder’s choice and Mattoon singled to load the bases. Perry’s two out grand slam sealed the victory.

 

Mattoon went 3-for-4 with two runs scored to help the Anchorwomen’s offense. Sophomore pitcher Melanie Neece (Westfield, MA) came on to pitch the sixth and seventh.

 

Bridgewater State senior pitcher Alyssa Verronneau (Acushnet, MA) took the loss (14-6). Stephanie Pierce (Worcester, MA) came on in the fourth. The Bears put two across in the bottom of the seventh as senior shortstop Rachael Sprague (Duxbury, MA) walked and senior third baseman Stacy Capodiece (East Lyme, CT) singled. The pair both came home on an error.

 

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