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May 4, 2013

 

RIC FORCES FINAL GAME TO DECIDE LITTLE EAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
Anchorwomen Blank Western Connecticut, 6-0

Mansfield, Conn.-Junior pitcher Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) was masterful in her third consecutive win as fifth-seeded Rhode Island College defeated third-seeded Western Connecticut, 6-0, in game ten of the 2013 Little East Conference Softball Tournament, hosted by Eastern Connecticut on Saturday afternoon.

 

The Anchorwomen (23-22) have won four straight since suffering a 6-4 loss to second-seeded Plymouth State on Thursday. Western Connecticut (22-22), which was previously unbeaten at the tournament, and the Anchorwomen will play the decisive Championship Game at 4:30 to determine the league champion and subsequent automatic qualifier to the 2013 NCAA Div. III Softball Tournament.

 

 

 Junior pitcher Michelle Sylvestre

 

Rhode Island College put runners on first and second with one down in the bottom of the first and junior center fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT) brought in sophomore shortstop Katelyn Sykora (Waterford, CT) with an RBI single down the right field line. Sophomore third baseman Justin Thoma (Canterbury, CT) was then intentionally walked to load the bases. Senior first baseman Emily Johnson (West Kingston, RI) grounded out, but senior second baseman Marisa Jandreau (Plainville, CT) and Pokora scored on a throwing effort to stake RIC to a 3-0 advantage.

 

In the fourth, RIC tacked on another run as Jandreau reached on an infield single to shortstop and moved up to second. With two down, Thoma came through with another big hit, plating Jandreau with an RBI single to right field.

 

In the fifth, the Anchorwomen loaded the bases on three consecutive walks as Jandreau, Pokora and Thoma were all issued free passes. After a fielder's choice erased Jandreau at the plate, sophomore designated player Carli Matrisian (Milford, CT) laid down an RBI sacrifice bunt to bring in Pokora. Sylvestre walked to loaded the bases again and Thoma scored on an illegal pitch to make it a 6-0 advantage.

 

Western mounted a rally in the top of the seventh as freshman left fielder Michaela Roche (Bristol, CT) reached on an error, sophomore first baseman Julia Bocek (Southington, CT) walked and freshman catcher Erin Weber (Rocky Hill, CT) singled to load the bases, but Sylvestre retired the next three batters to seal with win.

 

Sylvestre earned the win (8-6), allowing just four hits, while striking out two. Jandreau went 3-for-3 with two runs scored.

 

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