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April 18, 2013

 

MCCAUGHEY HELPS SOFTBALL SPLIT
AT WESTFIELD STATE

Westfield, Mass.-Freshman pitcher Katelyn McCaughey (Warwick, RI) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and picked up her second win of the season as Rhode Island College took game two, 1-0, of a doubleheader with Westfield State on Thursday afternoon.

 

The Anchorwomen (15-15) lost the first game, 1-0, to the Owls (7-20), before  senior pinch hitter Emily Johnson (West Kingston, RI) hit an RBI single in the top of the eighth to lead the visitors to the extra inning victory. Senior Jessica Borden (Lincoln, RI) earned the save (1).

 

Junior Kelley Fluet fired a two-hitter to lead the host's to the game one victory. She also had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning of the opener until she surrendered a a bunt single to freshman right fielder Abigail Francis (Worcester, MA) on a bang-bang play at first base with one out in the seventh.

 

 

 Freshman pitcher/left fielder Katelyn McCaughey

 

McCaughey then looped a two-out single over the shortstop’s outstretched glove to place runners at first and second, but Fluet ended the game by catching a pop up.

 

Fluet was fluid throughout most of the game, walking two, including the game’s leadoff batter, and striking out five. RIC stranded seven base runners as Westfield committed three errors.

 

Westfield scored its winning run in the sixth. Molly Dunbar and Breanne Bisceglia both singled to right field and Kelsey Carpenter beat out a bunt to load the sacks. Celina Sinico drove home the game’s only run on a sacrifice fly to right field. 

 

Westfield collected seven hits off losing junior pitcher Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI), who finished with no walks and one strikeout. Dunbar, Bisceglia and Carpenter each had two singles.

 

In the second game, McCaughey’s no-hit bid was thwarted when Bisceglia’s doubled to right-center field to open the seventh inning. But Bisceglia attempted to stretch the gap shot into a triple and was thrown out by the right fielder.

 

The Owls continued to rally in the seventh as Carpenter walked and Sinico singled thru the left side, but Westfield was retired on a bunt pop up and a fly out. 

 

With a tiebreaker runner at second base to start the eighth inning, RIC pushed across the only run. Senior catcher Nicole Clemens (Bristol, RI) dropped a sacrifice bunt and Johnson delivered the game-winning blow with an RBI single to right field. 

 

The Owls left their tiebreaker runner stranded at second base in the home half of the eighth. After Caitlyn Kadlik struck out swinging on a 3-2 pitch, Kat Robinson drew a walk. Borden retired the next two batters on ground outs to earn the pitching save.

 

McCaughey walked four and fanned six in seven and a third innings. Westfield pitcher Emily Mailloux surrendered four hits and no walks and struck out three.

 

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East Conference at home against Eastern Connecticut on Saturday, April 20 (1 p.m.).

 

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