FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

May 12, 2011

 

ANCHORWOMEN ADVANCE IN NCAA TOURNAMENT

Providence, RI-Rhode Island College downed Worcester State, 4-1, in game two at the Providence Regional of the 2011 NCAA Div. III Softball Championship played at RIC’s Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex.

 

The Anchorwomen (34-11) advance to play Eastern Connecticut (31-4) on Friday, May 13 (2 p.m.) in a rematch of the 2011 Little East Conference Tournament Championship Game from Saturday afternoon, which the Warriors won, 7-1. RIC is winless in three tries against Eastern this spring.

 

The Lancers (28-10) will play an elimination game with Husson (25-17) tomorrow morning (10 a.m.). RIC has now defeated Worcester State three times this season and 11 straight games dating back to the 2001 campaign.

 

RIC senior pitcher Amanda Berard (Swansea, MA) struck out 10 and earned her 14th win (14-5) of the season. She set down 15 consecutive Lancers between the first and sixth inning. Berard allowed just one run on five hits.

 

 

 Senior pitcher Amanda Berard

 

Worcester State threatened in the top of the first as junior shortstop Erica Cordio (Leominster, MA) led off with a double and was sacrificed to third. Sophomore second baseman Aimee Lamoureux (East Brookfield, MA) walked then stole second to put runners on second and third, but Berard responded with back-to-back strikeouts to get out of the jam.

 

RIC added an insurance run in the home half of the fifth. With one away, senior shortstop Doniellle Mattoon (Coventry, RI) singled over shortstop and classmate first baseman Chelsi Panarelli (Shrewsbury, MA) singled to right. Mahoney got junior third baseman Cristina Bailey (Londonderry, NH) to pop out to the catcher, but senior Amanda Perry’s (New Bedford, MA) seeing-eye single to right brought in the speedy Mattoon.

 

 

 Sophomore right fielder Kristina Gingell

 

The Lancers finally broke through against the senior righty in the sixth. With one out, Cardio laced a liner to third for an infield single. Junior catcher Ashley Howe (Winchendon, MA) singled up the middle to put runners on first and second. Lamoureux singled to right field, but Gingell gunned down Cardio at the plate. That proved costly as Mahoney followed by crushing a single to left field, but Howe was the lone Lancer to score. Berard composed herself to notch a strikeout and get out of the inning.

 

The Anchorwomen quickly got the run back in the bottom of the frame. With two down, Kayla Jandreau singled to right field and used her speed to score from first on her sister’s, sophomore second baseman Marisa Jandreau (New Britain, CT), RBI double off the right field wall.

 

Gingell went 2-for-3 with a run scored and contributed the game-changing assist from right field. Pokora went 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI triple. Cordio went 2-for-3 with a double for the visitors. Mahoney took the loss (16-3), allowing four runs, three of which were earned, on eight hits.

 

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