March 26, 2013



Providence, R.I.-Junior center fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT) went 3-for-6 with a double, a homer, three RBI and two runs scored, while senior second baseman Marisa Jandreau (Plainville, CT) finished 4-for-6 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored, as the Rhode Island College softball team split a non-conference doubleheader with Wheaton College on Tuesday at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex.


Rhode Island College (7-5) came away with the victory over Wheaton (7-7) in the first game, 14-6, in just five innings before dropping the second half of the doubleheader, 6-0.


In game one, the Lyons drew first blood with a pair of runs in the top of the first to take a 2-0 lead. The outburst was keyed by an RBI single from senior outfielder Renee Laflam (Concord, NH), while freshman outfielder Emma Hart (Lincoln, RI) stole home later in the inning to tack on the second run of the frame.



 Junior center fielder Stacy Pokora


Wheaton added three more runs in the top of the third inning to take a 5-0 lead, as senior first baseman Megan Roy’s (North Dighton, MA) bases-clearing, three-run single to right field gave the visitors a five-run advantage.


However, the Anchorwomen began to chip away at the deficit in the bottom half of the third, as Jandreau and sophomore second baseman Carli Matrisian (Milford, CT) both smacked back-to-back RBI doubles to make it a three-run game.


After the Lyons added another run in the top of the fourth on an RBI single from Hart, Rhode Island College exploded for four runs in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game at six. Freshman left fielder/pitcher Katelyn McCaughey (Warwick, RI) singled in Pokora for the first run of the inning, while sophomore shortstop Katelyn Sykora (Waterford, CT) quickly followed with a two-run RBI single of her own. Jandreau helped the Anchorwomen tie the game with an RBI single to right field later in the inning that scored Sykora.


Following a quiet offensive inning for the Lyons in the fifth, Rhode Island College continued to rack up the runs in the bottom half of the frame to pull away from the visitors. Pokora started the offensive eruption with a monstrous solo home run over the left-center field fence that put RIC up, 7-6.


Later in the inning, after a costly Wheaton error, freshman right fielder Abigail Francis (Worcester, MA) cleared the bases with a three-run double to right field that made it, 10-6. Following an RBI double from Sykora and an RBI ground out from senior first baseman/pitcher Emily Johnson (West Kingston, RI), Pokora slapped a two-run single into right-center field that gave RIC a commanding, 14-6, lead and led to the game being called due to the eight-run rule.



 Senior second baseman Marisa Jandreau


Johnson picked up the win (4-1) after conceding six runs on six hits and five walks, while striking out six. Junior right-hander Allison Baker (Orange, CT) was tagged with the loss (4-3).


The Lyons quickly answered back early in game two to take a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning. After junior shortstop Jenna Rocha (Rehoboth, MA) scored on an outfield error to tack on the first run, Roy drew a bases loaded walk to make it, 2-0. That’s when junior catcher Ashley Vertente (Fairhaven, MA) ripped a two-run single to left field that scored Laflam and junior third baseman Ashley Brillon (Attleboro, MA) and put the visitors up by four.


Wheaton added a pair of insurance runs later in the game to make it, 6-0, thanks to a sacrifice bunt from sophomore center fielder Alanna Monahan (Dorchester, MA) that plated freshman second baseman Jillian Rocha (Rehoboth, MA) in the fourth and an RBI ground out from sophomore pinch hitter Vanessa Campbell (Manchester, NH) in the seventh.


Meanwhile, the first inning scoring barrage alone would prove to be enough offense for the Lyons, as the Anchorwomen could not solve freshman right-hander Noelle Christmas (Plymouth, MA), who was perfect through the first three innings of her first career start.


Christmas (3-1) allowed just three hits and one walk in five shutout innings, while striking out two, before giving way to sophomore right-hander Emily Berardi (Boston, MA). Berardi surrendered just one hits and one walk, while striking out two in two innings of work.


Junior right-hander Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) picked up the loss (2-2) for RIC.


Pokora and Jandreau led the way for RIC offensively, while Francis went 3-for-5 with a double, three RBI and two runs scored. Sykora finished 3-for-7 with a double, two RBI, and two runs scored, while McCaughey went 3-for-6 with an RBI and two runs scored.


Hart paced the Wheaton offense with a 5-for-7 performance at the dish to go along with an RBI, a stolen base and three runs scored. Roy went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, four RBI and a rus scored, while Laflam added a pair of hits, an RBI, a stolen base and two runs scored.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College hosts Worcester State on Thursday, March 28 (4 p.m.) for a doubleheader at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex.