FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

May 1, 2010

 

EASTERN SWEEPS RIC IN
REGULAR SEASON FINALE

Storrs, CT—Rhode Island College dropped a doubleheader to Eastern Connecticut in the Anchorwomen’s regular season finale played at the University of Connecticut. Eastern claims its first outright Little East Conference Regular Season Championship and the No. 1 seed in the 2010 Little East Conference Softball Tournament, which begins on May 6.

 

The Warriors took game one, 9-0, in six innings and won the nightcap, 1-0. Eastern improves to 26-4-1 overall and 11-1 in the LEC, while RIC drops to 24-11 overall and 8-6 in the league.

 

The defeats mark the first time since 2004 that Rhode Island College has not clinched at least a share of the league's regular season championship. The Anchorwomen have lost their last six games, the most consecutive losses for the program since 1998, while the club's six Little East losses are the most since the Anchorwomen dropped seven in 2002. 

 

Eastern Connecticut senior Molly Rathbun tied the program record for consecutive pitching wins (15) with a six-hit complete-game shutout – her ninth shutout and 15th complete game in 15 starts – in the first contest. She recorded the final six outs of the nightcap to earn her second save. She allowed a sixth-inning double, but got two pop-ups to end the inning and stranded the tying run on first in the seventh after issuing a two-out walk.

 

Eastern scored the only run of the second game in the bottom of the first inning on sophomore Kassondra Silva’s two-out RBI single which plated senior Ashley Sullivan from second. Sullivan had singled with one out and was moved to second on a ground ball.

 

In the first game, leadoff hitter sophomore Priscilla Alicea and No. 2 hitter Sullivan combined for five of the team’s 11 hits. Alicea doubled and scored three runs, Rathbun drove in two runs with a double in the sixth and freshman Arielle Cooper hit a solo home run when Eastern scored five unearned runs in the first on three hits and two Rhode Island errors.

 

RIC junior pitcher Amanda Berard (Swansea, MA) took the loss (9-6) in game two, allowing just one run on five hits. Silva was credited with the win (1-0).

 

In the opening contest, Rathbun won her 18th (18-1), while RIC sophomore Kyla Puccini (North Dighton, MA) was the loser (6-4).

 

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will compete in the Little East Tournament.

 

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