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March 23, 2013

 

JOHNSON POWERS ANCHORWOMEN PAST HUSSON

Providence, R.I.-Senior first baseman/pitcher Emily Johnson (West Kingston, RI) went 4-for-6 with three RBI at the dish and picked up a win in the pitching circle as Rhode Island College swept a doubleheader from Husson University (5-4, 7-5) at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex in non-conference action on Saturday afternoon.

 

Rhode Island College improves to 6-4 after recording back-to-back victories, while Husson falls to 4-8. 

 

In game one, Husson drew first blood after sophomore first baseman/pitcher Deb Colpitts (Levant, ME) scored on a passed ball in the top of the first. However, the Anchorwomen answered right back in the bottom half of the frame after an RBI double from Johnson scored sophomore designated player Carli Matrisian (Milford, CT) and tied the game at one.

 

 

 Senior pitcher/first baseman Emily Johnson

 

After the Eagles added another run in the second on an RBI bunt single from senior right fielder Courtney Hill (Calais, ME) to make it, 2-1, Rhode Island College tacked on a pair of runs in the bottom of the third to go ahead by one. Johnson doubled to right field to score senior second baseman Marisa Jandreau (Plainville, CT) and tie the game at two, while sophomore third baseman Justina Thoma (Canterbury, CT) followed with an RBI single to right field that scored Johnson.

 

Clinging to a one-run lead in the top of the seventh, the Anchorwomen were one strike away from closing out the Eagles when sophomore right fielder Haley Spiers (Rochester, NH) ripped an RBI single to center field and plated senior center fielder Lona Sargent (Sullivan, ME) for the game-tying run.

 

After forcing extra innings, Husson took a 4-3 lead with two outs in the top of the eighth inning when sophomore left fielder Kayla Merrill (Bethel, ME) came around to score on an RBI single from senior shortstop Aimee Mortensen (Biddeford, ME).

 

However, the resilient Anchorwomen responded in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game at four after Jandreau plated sophomore shortstop Katelyn Sykora (Waterford, CT) with an RBI single to right field. After advancing to second base on the throw and promptly stealing third, Jandreau scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch to propel Rhode Island College to victory.

 

 

 Junior center fielder Stacy Pokora

 

Junior pitcher Maria Darling (Ansonia, CT) picked up the victory (1-0) after striking out two and scattering two runs (one earned) on three hits in two innings of relief. Junior right-hander Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) was solid in her home debut in the pitching circle, allowing just two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks in six innings of work.

 

Junior right-hander Becca McCarty (Skowhegan, ME) was tagged with the loss after conceding two runs (one earned) on one hit and one walk in 2.2 innings. Colpitts started for Husson and lasted 4.1 innings in the pitching circle, giving up three runs on six hits and one walk along the way.

 

In game two, Rhode Island College exploded for an early three-run lead in the bottom of the first, sparked by a pair of RBI singles from Johnson and freshman right fielder Abigail Francis (Worcester, MA).

 

After Husson tacked on a pair of runs in the second inning following an RBI single from junior pitcher Amanda Ryan (Brewer, ME) and an RBI double from sophomore third baseman Victoria Overlock (Belfast, ME), the Anchorwomen plated two more runs in the bottom of the third to extend their lead to three. Junior center fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT) smacked an RBI double to right field that scored Thoma, while freshman catcher Tori Lussier (North Franklin, CT) singled to center field and scored Pokora.

 

 

 Freshman pitcher Michelle Sylvestre

 

The Eagles rallied to tie the game at five in the top of the fifth inning following a three-run rally that was spearheaded by a bases-clearing, three-run double off the bat of Mortensen with two outs in the frame. Merrill, Spiers and Sargent all came around to score for Husson.

 

Yet, the Anchorwomen responded in the bottom half of the fifth with a pair of runs to jump ahead, 7-5. With two outs in the frame and runners on first and second, Francis laced a line drive to left field that resulted in a costly Husson error and scored both Lussier and Pokora, giving RIC the two-run advantage.

 

In relief of freshman starting pitcher Katelyn McCaughey (Warwick, RI), Johnson (3-1) stepped in and shut down Hussonís offense the rest of the way to seal the victory for the Anchorwomen. She gave up just three hits and one walk in 2.1 innings of work to go along with three strikeouts, while McCaughey scattered five runs on eight hits and one walk, while striking out five in 4.2 innings for RIC.

 

Ryan was tagged with the loss (0-3) for Husson after surrendering four runs (two earned) on seven hits and one walk in 5.1 innings.

 

Johnson finished with a pair of doubles and a run scored in her three-hit, four-RBI performance, while Pokora also went 4-for-6 with two doubles, one RBI, one stolen base and two runs scored. Jandreau finished with a pair of hits, one RBI, one stolen base and three runs scored, while Thoma went 2-for-6 with one RBI and two runs scored.

 

Mortensen led the Eagles at the dish with a single, a double and four RBI, while Spiers went 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Sargent added a trio of hits as well and finished with two runs scored.

 

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College is set to host Wheaton at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex on Tuesday, March 26 (4 p.m.).

 

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