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June 5, 2014

 

2014 Rhode Island College Softball Summary
(15-26 Overall; 5-9 in the Little East Conference)

Providence, R.I.-First-year Head Coach Janice DiNobileís team finished the 2014 season with a 15-26 overall record and a 6-8 (sixth place) mark in the Little East Conference.

 

The sixth-seeded Anchorwomen opened the 2014 Little East Conference Softball Tournament with back-to-back wins over top-seeded Eastern Connecticut, 3-1, and fourth-seeded UMass Dartmouth, 5-4, before falling to fifth-seeded Keene State, 5-2, on May 3. RIC bounced back the next day and knocked off third-seeded Western Connecticut, 5-2 (8 innings), but eventually fell to Keene State, 4-1, in the Championship Game on May 4.

 

 

 

Senior first baseman/pitcher Maria Darling (Ansonia, CT) closed out her four-year career with the Anchorwomen having played in 77 games, starting 58 of them. She batted .227 (37-for-163) with nine runs scored, 37 hits, six doubles, 17 RBI and nine walks. Darling owned a .264 slugging percentage, a .274 on-base percentage and a .965 fielding percentage. As a pitcher, she appeared in 30 games, starting three of them. Darling went 4-3 with two complete games, two saves, 22 strikeouts and a 5.08 ERA in 52.1 innings of work. She ranks second all-time in program history in relief appearances (27).

 

As a senior in 2014, Darling played in 31 games, starting 27 of them. She batted .236 (17-for-72) with four runs scored, 17 hits, four doubles, 11 RBI and four walks. Darling owned a .292 slugging percentage, a .295 on-base percentage and a .957 fielding percentage. As a pitcher, she appeared in 15 games, starting three of them. Darling was 1-3 with two saves, two complete games, 10 strikeouts and a 4.29 ERA in 31.0 innings of work. She led the Anchorwomen in saves, ranked second on the team in ERA, appearances, and complete games and ranked third in strikeouts and innings pitched.

 

As a junior in 2013, Darling played in 15 games, starting 12 of them. She batted .200 (7-for-35) with seven hits, one double, two RBI, one walk and three runs scored. Darling owned a .229 slugging percentage, a .222 on-base percentage and a .989 fielding percentage. As a pitcher, she appeared in eight games and owned a 1-0 record to go along with six strikeouts and a 5.40 ERA in 11.2 innings of work.

 

As a sophomore in 2012, Darling played in 24 games, starting 17 of them. She hit .234 (11-for-47) with one run scored, 11 hits, one double, four RBI and three walks. Darling owned a .255 slugging percentage, a .275 on-base percentage and a .955 fielding percentage. As a pitcher, she appeared in seven games. Darling went 2-0 with a 7.24 ERA and six strikeouts in 9.2 innings pitched.

 

As a freshman in 2011, Darling played in seven games, starting two of them. She batted .222 (2-for-9) with one run scored and two hits. Darling owned a .222 slugging percentage and a .300 on-base percentage.

 

She is a criminal justice/sociology major and a 2010 graduate of Ansonia High School.

 

Senior right fielder Kristina Gingell (Pascoag, RI) finished her career at Rhode Island College having played in 138 games, starting 125 of them. She batted .324 (123-for-380) with 53 runs scored, 123 hits, 21 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 47 RBI, 11 walks and eight stolen bases. Gingell owned a .405 slugging percentage, a .348 on-base percentage and a .993 fielding percentage.

 

As a senior in 2014, Gingell was named Second Team All-Little East. She played in 36 games, starting all of them. Gingell batted .327 (36-for-110) with 18 runs scored, 36 hits, 12 doubles, one home run, 12 RBI, four walks and two stolen bases. She owned a .464 slugging percentage, a .348 on-base percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage. Gingell led the Anchorwomen in doubles and ranked second in batting average, hits, total bases (51) and slugging percentage. She also finished in a tie for second on the squad in runs scored and ranked third on the team in RBI and on-base percentage. Gingellís 12 doubles on the year are tied for eighth all-time in single-season program history.

 

Gingell missed the entire 2013 season due to injury and was granted an extra year of eligibility.

 

As a junior in 2012, Gingell played in 37 games, starting all of them. She batted .317 (39-for-123) with 19 runs scored, 39 hits, six doubles, one triple, one homer, 22 RBI, two walks and two stolen bases. Gingell owned a .407 slugging percentage, a .339 on-base percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage.

 

As a sophomore in 2011, Gingell was named Second Team All-Little East. She played in 42 games, starting 35 of them. Gingell batted .337 (35-for-104) with 12 runs scored, 35 hits, three doubles, one triple, six RBI and one stolen base. She owned a .385 slugging percentage, a .355 on-base percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage.

 

As a freshman in 2010, Gingell played in 23 games, starting 17 of them. She batted .302 with four runs scored, 13 hits, seven RBI and three stolen bases. Gingell owned a .302 slugging percentage, a .354 on-base percentage and a .900 fielding percentage. 

 

She is a business management major with a minor in general management and a 2009 graduate of Burrillville High School.

 

Senior center fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT) closed out her four-year career at Rhode Island College having played and started in 174 games, missing only one contest in her distinguished career. She batted .392 (189-for-482) with 131 runs scored, 189 hits, 34 doubles, six triples, 30 home runs, 117 RBI, 325 total bases, 57 walks and 42 stolen bases. Pokora owned a .674 slugging percentage, a .453 on-base percentage and a .934 fielding percentage.

 

She finishes her career with the Anchorwomen as the all-time leader in home runs, RBI and slugging percentage. Pokora also ranks second all-time in doubles and total bases (325), third all-time in batting average, hits, runs scored, fourth all-time in stolen bases, and sixth all-time in walks and at-bats (482).

 

As a senior in 2014, Pokora was named the 2014 Little East Conference Softball Player of the Year and was named First Team All-Little East for a third straight season. She became the first member of the Anchorwomen to win the award since Christie Lotti was named Player of the Year in 2008. Pokora also received a Distinguished Student-Athlete Award from the Rhode Island Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (RIAIAW) on May 7. She played in 40 games, starting all of them. Pokora batted .368 (43-for-117) with 32 runs scored, 117 hits, five doubles, one triple, 11 home runs, 37 RBI, 14 walks and 13 stolen bases. She owned a .709 slugging percentage, a .429 on-base percentage and a .938 fielding percentage.

 

Pokora led Rhode Island College in batting average, runs scored, hits, RBI, total bases (83), stolen bases, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. Furthermore, she ranked second in the conference in home runs and total bases, while ranking third in RBI. Pokoraís 11 home runs on the year rank first all-time in single season program history, while her 37 RBI rank second, her .709 slugging percentage ranks fifth, her 83 total bases rank eighth and her 13 stolen bases rank ninth. She was named the Little East Conference Player of the Week once on the season.

 

As a junior in 2013, Pokora was named First Team All-ECAC. She was also named First Team All-Little East for the second consecutive season. Pokora was one of just two Anchorwomen to play and start in all 46 games for RIC on the year and batted .425 (54-for-127) with 54 hits, 11 doubles, two triples, eight home runs, 29 RBI, 18 walks, eight stolen bases and 35 runs scored. She owned a .732 slugging percentage, a .490 on-base percentage and a .894 fielding percentage. Pokora led the Anchorwomen in nearly every offensive category, including batting average, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, RBI, total bases (93), slugging percentage, on-base percentage, walks, stolen bases and runs scored. She finished the season tied for second in the Little East Conference in home runs, while ranking third in hits, batting average, total bases and slugging percentage. Pokoraís eight home runs in 2013 were tied for first all-time in single season program history, while her .732 slugging percentage ranks third and her 93 total bases rank sixth.

 

As a sophomore in 2012, Pokora was named First Team All-Little East and the teamís MVP. She played in 37 games, starting all of them and batted .424 (50-for-118) with 36 runs scored, 50 hits, nine doubles, eight homers, 30 RBI, nine walks and 12 stolen bases. Pokora owned a .703 slugging percentage, a .461 on-base percentage and a .963 fielding percentage. She led the Anchorwomen in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs scored, hits, homers, RBI, total bases and stolen bases, while tying for the team lead in doubles. Her eight home runs on the year were tied for the single-season program record.

 

As a freshman in 2011, Pokora played in 51 games, starting all of them. She batted .350 (42-for-120) with 28 runs scored, 42 hits, nine doubles, three triples, three home runs, 21 RBI and nine stolen bases. Pokora owned a .550 slugging percentage, a .431 on-base percentage and a .952 fielding percentage. She was named to the Providence Regionalís All-Tournament Team in the NCAA Tournament and was the Little East Conferenceís Player of the Week on one occasion.

 

She is an elementary education/special education major and a 2010 graduate of Wilton High School.

 

Senior pitcher Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) wrapped up her two-year career at RIC having played in 21 games, starting 15 of them. She batted .154 (6-for-39) with two runs scored, six hits, one double, three RBI and seven walks. Sylvestre owned a .179 slugging percentage, a .298 on-base percentage and a .967 fielding percentage. As a pitcher, Sylvestre made 51 appearances, starting 37 of them. She went 17-18 with 26 complete games, four shutouts, one save, 91 strikeouts and a 2.46 ERA in 250.2 innings of work. Sylvestre ranks eighth all-time in career complete games, ninth in ERA, 10th in game started and 11th in wins and innings pitched.

 

As a senior in 2014, Sylvestre was named the teamís MVP. She made 28 appearances, starting 21 of them. She was 9-11 with 16 complete games, one shutout, 58 strikeouts and a 2.44 ERA in 149.0 innings of work. Sylvestre led the Anchorwomen in appearances, games started, innings pitched, complete games, shutouts, wins, strikeouts and ERA. She played in 10 games, starting six of them. Sylvestre batted .111 (2-for-18) with two singles. She owned a .111 slugging percentage, a .111 on-base percentage and a .950 fielding percentage.

 

As a junior in 2013, Sylvestre played in 11 games, starting nine of them. She batted .190 (4-for-21) with four hits, one double, three RBI, seven walks and two runs scored. Sylvestre owned a .238 slugging percentage, a .414 on-base percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage. She ranked fifth on the team in walks for the year. As a pitcher, Sylvestre appeared in 23 games, starting 16 of them. She was 8-7 with 10 complete games, three shutouts, one save, 33 strikeouts and a 2.48 ERA in 101.2 innings pitched. Sylvestre finished the season tied for the team lead in wins, while also leading the team in appearances, games started, ERA, complete games, shutouts and innings pitched. She ranked second on the team in strikeouts as well. Her 2.48 ERA ranked fourth in the Little East Conference. 

 

As a sophomore in 2012, Sylvestre appeared in 24 games for the Community College of Rhode Island. She was 9-1 with a 1.69 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 62.0 innings pitched. Sylvestre also batted .278 with 11 runs scored, 15 hits, two doubles and nine RBI.

 

As a freshman in 2011, Sylvestre appeared in 23 games for the Community College of Rhode Island. She was 1-3 with a 2.14 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 36 innings pitched. Sylvestre also batted .300 with 12 runs scored 18 hits, two doubles, one triple and seven RBI.

 

She is an elementary education major with a minor in special education and a 2010 graduate of Veterans High School.

 

Junior shortstop Katelyn Sykora (Waterford, CT) was named First Team All-Little East. She was one of three players on the squad to start all 41 games on the season. Sykora batted .289 (35-for-121) with 14 runs scored, 35 hits, six doubles, two triples, nine RBI, eight walks and five stolen bases. She owned a .372 slugging percentage, a .331 on-base percentage and a .920 fielding percentage. Sykora led the Anchorwomen in triples and ranked third on the team in both hits and stolen bases. She also became the programís all-time leader in career assists.

 

Junior first baseman/third baseman Justina Thoma (Canterbury, CT) was one of three players on the squad to start all 41 games on the season. She batted .293 (34-for-116) with 15 runs scored, 34 hits, seven doubles, three home runs, 17 RBI, 14 walks and one stolen base. Thoma owned a .431 slugging percentage, a .371 on-base percentage and a .968 fielding percentage. She finished the season tied for the team lead in walks, ranked second on the squad in doubles, home runs, RBI and on-base percentage, and was third on the roster in batting average, slugging percentage and total bases (50).

 

Sophomore outfielder Abigail Francis (Worcester, MA) played in 25 games, starting 17 of them. She batted .188 (9-for-48) with five runs scored, nine hits, two doubles, one home run, three RBI and one walk. Francis owned a .292 slugging percentage, a .235 on-base percentage and a .962 fielding percentage.

 

Sophomore infielder Shannon Laiho (West Greenwich, RI) played in 12 games, starting three of them. She batted .125 (2-for-16) with two runs scored, two singles, one RBI and one walk. Laiho owned a .125 slugging percentage, a .176 on-base percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage.

 

Sophomore catcher Tori Lussier (North Franklin, CT) was one of three players on the squad to start all 41 games on the season. She batted .208 (20-for-96) with five runs scored, 20 hits, seven doubles, eight RBI and six walks. Lussier owned a .281 slugging percentage, a .252 on-base percentage and a .985 fielding percentage. She finished the season tied for second on the team in doubles.

 

Sophomore outfielder/pitcher Katelyn McCaughey (Warwick, RI) played in 23 games, starting 16 of them. She batted .135 (5-for-37) with two runs scored, five hits, one double, one RBI, three walks and one stolen base. McCaughey owned a .162 slugging percentage, a .200 on-base percentage and a .938 fielding percentage. As a pitcher, she appeared in seven games, starting four of them. McCaughey was 0-4 with eight strikeouts and an 11.45 ERA in 11.0 innings of work. She ranked third on the team in games started.

 

Freshman infielder/pitcher Lindsey Cabral (North Providence, RI) played in 40 games, starting 38 of them. She batted .230 (26-for-113) with 18 run scored, 26 hits, one double, three RBI, nine walks and six stolen bases. Cabral owned a .239 slugging percentage, a .287 on-base percentage and a .910 fielding percentage. She ranked second on the team in stolen bases, finished in a tie for second on the squad in runs scored and ranked third in walks. Her 10 sacrifice hits on the year are tied for eighth all-time in single-season program history.

 

As a pitcher, she appeared in 13 games, starting 10 of them. Cabral was 4-6 with two complete games, 15 strikeouts and a 5.16 ERA in 59.2 innings in the circle. She was tied for second on the team in complete games and also ranked second on the squad in games started, innings pitched, wins and strikeouts. She also ranked third in appearances and ERA.

 

Freshman second baseman/pitcher Lauren DiScuillo (East Providence, RI) played in 36 games, starting 35 of them. She batted .193 (17-for-88) with eight runs scored, 17 hits, two doubles, four RBI, five walks and two stolen bases. She owned a .216 on-base percentage, a .240 slugging percentage and a .940 fielding percentage. As a pitcher, DiScuillo appeared in four games, starting three of them. She was 1-2 with one complete game, five strikeouts and a 7.80 ERA in 11.2 innings of work.

 

Freshman outfielder/designated player Lauren Duvall (East Greenwich, RI) played in 22 games, starting 17 of them. She batted .220 (11-for-50) with four runs scored, 11 hits, two doubles, one home run, five RBI, three walks and one stolen base. Duvall owned a .320 slugging percentage, a .264 on-base percentage and a .909 fielding percentage.

 

Freshman outfielder Sarah Molin (Seymour, CT) played in 19 games, starting 12 of them. She batted .161 (5-for-31) with seven runs scored, five singles, one RBI, three walks and one stolen base. Molin owned a .161 slugging percentage, a .235 on-base percentage and a .909 fielding percentage.

 

Freshman catcher/utility Mary Sweeney (Portsmouth, RI) played in nine games, starting three of them. She batted .154 (2-for-13) with one run scored, two doubles and one walk. Sweeney owned a .308 slugging percentage, a .214 on-base percentage and a .500 fielding percentage.