April 12, 2014



Gorham, Maine-Senior center fielder Stacy Pokoraís (Wilton, CT) grand slam in the top of the third keyed a six-run inning and led the Rhode Island College softball team to a 9-7 victory over the University of Southern Maine in the opening contest of Saturdayís Little East Conference doubleheader at the USM Softball Field.


Senior right-hander Stefanie Stockwell (Buxton, ME) fired a complete game, two-hit shutout to help Southern Maine (10-13, 2-4 LEC) bounce back with a 7-0 win over Rhode Island College (9-17, 3-3 LEC) in the nightcap. The Anchorwomen are currently locked into a tie for fourth place in the Little East Conference standings with Plymouth State.



Senior center fielder Stacy Pokora


The Huskies plated the first run of the game in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead, but quickly fell behind in the third thanks to Pokoraís third home run of the season. After a pair of singles and a costly USM error loaded the bases, Pokora, the programís all-time leader in home runs, gave the Anchorwomen a 4-1 lead with her 22nd career bomb. Moments later, freshman designated player Lauren Duvall (East Greenwich, RI) followed with her first career home run, a two-run blast that scored junior first baseman Justina Thoma (Canterbury, CT) and made it, 6-1.


The Huskies scratched a single run in the bottom of the third and tacked on another score in the fifth to pull within three. However, the visitors responded with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth to take a five-run lead, courtesy of junior shortstop Katelyn Sykoraís (Waterford, CT) RBI triple and freshman third baseman Lindsey Cabralís (North Providence, RI) RBI single.  


After Pokora scored on a USM error to give the Anchorwomen a 9-3 lead in the top of the seventh, the Huskies managed to rally for four runs in the bottom half of the frame to cut the deficit to just two, but couldnít muster any more offense.


Senior right-hander Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) earned the win (5-6) for RIC after allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits and two walks. Sylvestre struck out four in five innings of work, while freshman right-hander Desiree Benner (Friendship, ME) suffered the loss (2-7) on the other end


In game two, the Huskies came out firing from the get-go, with each of their first five hitters collecting a hit as part of a four-run first inning. Junior right fielder Lily Cooper (Lamoine, ME) led off the inning with a double, while senior second baseman Cara Radino (Franklin, NJ) and freshman designated player Samantha Crosman (South Berwick, ME) each followed with singles. Junior left fielder Kristen Duross (Saco, ME) added a double to make it, 2-0, while Stockwell drove in a pair of runs with a double to right-center field to make it, 4-0.


The Huskies added two more runs in the bottom of the third on RBIs from Crosman and Duross and tallied their seventh run in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single from freshman first baseman Allison Pillar (Hollis, ME)


Sophomore right-hander Katelyn McCaughey (Warwick, RI) suffered the loss (0-4) for RIC in game two. Sylvestre was solid in two innings of relief, limiting the Huskies to just three hits.


Sykora helped pace RIC on offense, as she went 4-for-6 with a triple, a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored. Pokora added pair of hits, including game oneís home run, to go along with a walk, four RBI, two stolen bases, and two runs scored. Thoma, Duvall, and Cabral all recorded a pair of hits apiece as well for the Anchorwomen.


Duross carried the USM offense with a 7-for-8 performance at the plate that featured two doubles, three RBI, a stolen base, and four runs scored.  


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College hosts Western Connecticut this Tuesday, April 15 (5 p.m.) on Senior Night at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex.