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April 19, 2012

 

THOMA BANGS OUT FOUR HITS
IN TWO LOSSES TO WESTFIELD STATE

MASCAC Opponents Continue to Haunt Anchorwomen

Providence, R.I.-Freshman third baseman Justina Thoma (Canterbury, CT) went 4-for-7 with a homer and three RBI, but the Rhode Island College softball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader with Westfield State, 4-1 and 7-5, in non-conference action played at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex on Thursday.

 

Westfield State improves to 13-16 with the victories, while Rhode Island College falls to 15-10. The Anchorwomen drop to 0-6 against MASCAC opponents this season.

 

Both starting pitchers, Westfield State senior Madeline Tomich (Alford, MA) and Rhode Island College junior Emily Johnson (West Kingston, RI), were nearly untouchable through the first five innings of game one. The Anchorwomen managed to scratch the lone run during that span as junior second baseman Marisa Jandreau (Plainville, CT), who reached on an error to lead off the bottom of the fourth, scored on an RBI single from Thoma and gave RIC the, 1-0, lead.

 

 

 Freshman third baseman Justina Thoma

 

However, the Owls exploded for four runs in the top of the sixth to take a 4-1 lead. Senior center field Kerin DeGirolamo (North Attleboro, MA) sparked the rally with a one-out walk. After stealing second base, DeGirolamo came around to tie the game when sophomore shortstop Bri Eichstaedt (Southampton, MA) laced double to right-center field. Moments later, freshman third baseman Vicki Hill (West Springfield, MA) tripled to score Eichstaedt and was immediately driven home on an RBI single from freshman second baseman Breanne Bisceglia (Worcester, MA). After successfully chasing Johnson from the game, junior right fielder Courtney Begin (Salem, MA) singled off of junior pitcher Jessica Borden (Lincoln, RI) to score the fourth run of the inning for Westfield State.

 

Tomich shut down the Anchorwomen the rest of the way to seal the, 4-1, victory. The senior earned the complete game victory and improved to 8-6 on the season. She allowed one run (unearned) on six hits and two walks, while striking out six.

 

Johnson (7-5) was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out two. 

 

In game two, senior left fielder Lisa Policelli (Tewksbury, MA) sparked the Owls offense in the top of the first with a one-out walk and soon moved to second a single from DeGirolamo. Policelli then came around to score from second on a RIC error, giving the Owls an early, 1-0, lead.

 

In the top of the second, freshman first baseman Kelsey Carpenter (Barre, MA) and junior catcher Brittany Dussault (Chicopee, MA) opened the inning with back-to-back singles. After both runners moved up a base following another Anchorwomen error, Carpenter scored from third on an RBI single from Begin. Policelli then singled to center field, scoring Dussault and giving Westfield State the, 3-0, lead.

 

After freshman third baseman Monica Koehler (Barrington, RI) drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the second, the Anchorwomen tallied their first run of the game when Borden ripped an RBI triple to left-center field. Moments later, RIC added another run as freshman left fielder Taylor Nelson (Wareham, MA) singled to center field, scoring Borden from third and cutting the deficit to one., 3-2.

 

The Owls bounced back in the top of the third with their fourth run of the game after Carpenter singled with two outs, stole second, and then was driven home on an RBI double from Dussault.

 

After both teams went quietly through the fourth, the Owls added two more in the fifth to take a 6-2 lead. Hill led off the frame with a triple to center field and soon came around to score after Carpenter ripped a triple to center field as well. Begin followed with an RBI single that scored Carpenter and increased Westfield Stateís lead to four.

 

In the bottom of the fifth, Jandreau reached on an error to open the stanza. After Jandreau advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, junior right fielder Kristina Gingell (Pascoag, RI) singled to left field to move Jandreau up to third. Thoma then singled to plate Jandreau, while Koehler followed with an RBI double that scored Gingell and pulled the hosts within two.

 

The Owls bounced back in the top of the seventh as Dussault opened the inning with a leadoff double. After moving up to third on a sacrifice bunt, Dussault scored on an RBI ground out from Begin, giving the visitors a 7-4 lead.

 

In a last gasp effort to rally in the bottom of the seventh, Thoma led off the frame with a solo-home run to cut the deficit to two. However, sophomore reliever Kerry Alcott (Groton, MA) thwarted the comeback attempt and shut the door to earn her first save of the season.

 

Rhode Island College had several opportunities to score late in game two, including a bases-loaded chance in the bottom of the sixth, but couldnít capitalize. The Anchorwomen left 12 runners on base in the loss.

 

Sophomore starting pitcher Kelley Fluet (Worcester, MA) earned the win for the Owls and improved to 2-1. She scattered four runs (two earned) on nine runs and a walk through 4.2 innings, while striking out one.

 

Borden (8-5) picked up the loss after allowing six runs (four earned) on ten hits and three walks, while fanning two.

 

Nelson, Borden, sophomore center fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT) and sophomore designated player Maria Darling (Ansonia, CT) each finished with two hits for RIC, while Jandreau scored a pair of runs on the evening.

 

Dussault led the Owls with a 5-for-6 performance at the dish. She totaled two doubles, a triple, and an RBI while scoring a pair of runs. Carpenter went 4-for-6 with a triple, an RBI, and three runs, while Begin went 4-for-9 with four RBI. Hill added a pair of triples to go along with an RBI and two runs scored.

 

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East Conference action at Eastern Connecticut on Saturday, April 21 (1 p.m.).

 

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