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April 2, 2011

 

JOHNSON & PUCCINI TAME PANTHERS
RIC Takes Down Plymouth State in Little East Openers

Providence, RI-Sophomore Emily Johnson (West Kingston, RI) and junior Kyle Puccini (North Dighton, MA) held Plymouth State to just a single run as Rhode Island College opened up Little East Conference softball action with a doubleheader sweep (9-1, 1-0) sweep of the Panthers at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex.

 

 

 Junior pitcher Kyla Puccini

 

Johnson (6-2) allowed two hits and stuck out three in a five-inning, 9-1, victory in game one. Puccini (2-1) spun a gem of her own in the nightcap, firing a three-hit shutout with five strikeouts in a 1-0 shutout win.

 

Senior catcher Kayla Jandreau (Plainville, CT), sister sophomore second baseman Marisa Jandreau (Plainville, CT) and senior shortstop Donielle Mattoon (Coventry, RI) each collected three hits on the day for the hosts. The elder Jandreau added two runs, a double, triple, stolen base and an RBI.

 

 

 Sophomore pitcher Emily Johnson

 

 Since opening the season with three losses, RIC has won 11 straight. The Anchorwomen improve to 11-3 overall and 2-0 in the Little East, while Plymouth State drops to 6-9 overall and 0-2 in league play.

 

An eight-run third inning helped the Anchorwomen dispose of the Panthers in game one. Kayla Jandreau reached on an error to open the frame and things quickly went south for PSU freshman pitcher Nora Galvin (Windham, NH). With the bases loaded and one away, senior center fielder Amanda Perry (New Bedford, MA) knocked in two with a single. After Galvin struck out junior third baseman Cristina Bailey (Londonderry, NH), she was lifted for sophomore Diana Bean (Danvers, MA).

 

Senior designated player Laura DeNoncour (Johnston, RI) knocked in two more with a single and freshman left fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT) doubled in a pair. Both Kayla and Marissa Jandreau plated runs with RBI hits in the frame as well.

 

 

 Senior catcher Kayla Jandreau

 

Plymouth State mustered some offense in the top of the fourth on freshman third baseman Megan Fifieldís (Biddeford, ME) RBI single. RIC was able to end the game early, gaining an eight-run advantage in the bottom of the frame by plating a run on a Panther error. Johnson hurled a 1-2-3 fifth for the win. Galvin (2-4) took the loss, allowing four runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits in 2.2 innings of work.

 

One run was all Puccini needed to secure a win in game two, and the Jandreau sisters once again provided the offense. Kayla led off the bottom of the first with a triple and Marisa promptly delivered an RBI single for contestís lone run.

 

Puccini set the side down in order three times over the course of the game and the Panthers never had a runner advance past first base. PSU freshman pitcher Amber White (Middleboro, MA) was the hard luck loser (4-5), allowing just the one run on five hits in six innings of work.

 

 

 Sophomore second baseman Marisa Jandreau

 

Fifield, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI, was the lone Plymouth State player with a multiple hit performance.

 

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will travel to Bridgewater State on Tuesday, April 5 (3 p.m.) for a doubleheader.

 

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