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August 14, 2015

 

2015 Rhode Island College
Softball Season Summary

Providence, R.I.-Head Coach Janice DiNobileís team (Career Record: 21-52, .288) finished the 2015 season with a 6-26 record overall and a 2-12 (eighth place) record in the Little East Conference.

 

 

 

Senior shortstop Katelyn Sykora (Waterford, CT) wrapped up her RIC career having played in 153 games, starting all of them.  She batted .265 (114-for-430) with 114 hits, 21 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 36 RBI and 50 walks. For her career, she owned a .337 slugging percentage, a .342 on-base percentage and a .936 fielding percentage. She ranks first all-time at the school in assists (381), is tied for fifth all-time sacrifice hits (20) and ranks eighth all-time in walks (50).

 

As a senior in 2015, Sykora was named Second Team All-Little East and team MVP. She played in 31 games, starting all of them. Sykora batted .337 (32-for-95) with 32 hits, eight doubles, one home run, 13 RBI, 15 walks and 17 runs scored. She maintained a .453 slugging percentage, .427 on-base percentage and a .928 fielding percentage to go along with nine steals. Sykora led the team in walks, stolen bases and assists (71), while ranking second in hits, doubles, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.

 

As a junior in 2014, Sykora 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.

 

As a sophomore in 2013, Sykora played in 44 games, starting all of them. She batted .244 (33-for-135) with 33 hits, five doubles, 11 RBI, 11 walks, six stolen bases and 21 runs scored. Sykora owned a .281 slugging percentage, a .301 on-base percentage and a .944 fielding percentage. She ranked third on the team in stolen bases and runs scored, while ranking fourth on the team in walks.

 

As a freshman in 2012, Sykora played in 37 games, starting all of them. She batted .177 (14-for-79) with 17 runs scored, 14 hits, two doubles, one homer, three RBI, 16 walks and one stolen base. Sykora owned a .241 slugging percentage, a .323 on-base percentage and a .951 fielding percentage. Her 16 walks were second on the team.

 

Sykora is an elementary education major and a 2011 graduate of Waterford High School.

 

Senior third baseman Justina Thoma (Canterbury, CT) wrapped up her RIC career having played in 155 games, starting 154 of them. She batted .346 (152-for-439) with 152 hits, 37 doubles, one triple, 11 home runs, 97 RBI and 51 walks. She owned a .510 slugging percentage, .452 on-base percentage and a .950 fielding percentage. Thoma is second all-time in program history in doubles (37), is tied for third in hit by pitch (11), fifth in assists (237) and home runs (11), seventh in total bases (224) in walks (51) and RBI (97), eighth in career hits (152) and slugging percentage (.510), ninth all-time in batting average (.346) and ranks 10th all-time in at-bats (439).

 

As a senior in 2015, Thoma was named Second Team All-Little East. She played in 32 games, starting 31 of them. Thoma batted .438 (42-for-96) with 42 hits, 16 doubles, one triple, two home runs, 26 RBI, 13 walks and 24 runs scored. She owned a .688 slugging percentage, .513 on-base percentage and .958 fielding percentage to go along with five steals. Thoma led the team in batting average, hits, doubles, homers, RBI, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, fielding percentage and putouts (100). Her 16 doubles was a new program record for a season.

 

As a junior in 2014, Thoma 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).

 

As a sophomore in 2013, Thoma played in 45 games, starting all of them. She batted .375 (45-for-120) with 45 hits, eight doubles, three home runs, 29 RBI, 15 walks and 19 runs scored. Thoma owned a .517 slugging percentage, a .460 on-base percentage and a .909 fielding percentage. She finished the season tied for the team lead in RBI, while ranking second in batting average, home runs, slugging percentage, walks and on-base percentage, and third in hits, doubles and total bases. Thoma also ranked fourth in the LEC in on-base percentage. She was named the Little East Conference Player of the Week once on the year.

 

As a freshman in 2012 played in 37 games, starting all of them. She batted .290 (31-for-107) with 11 runs scored, 31 hits, six doubles, three homers, 25 RBI, nine walks and one stolen base. Thoma owned a .430 slugging percentage, a .361 on-base percentage and a .960 fielding percentage. She ranked second on the team in home runs and RBI.

 

Thoma is a justice studies major and a 2011 graduate of Woodstock Academy.

 

Junior right fielder Abigail Francis (Worcester, MA) played in 20 games, starting 14 of them. She batted .205 (9-for-44) with nine hits, two doubles, one triple, five RBI, three walks, six runs scored. Francis owned a .295 slugging percentage, .255 on-base percentage, and a .903 fielding percentage to go along with one steal.

 

Junior pitcher/center fielder Katelyn McCaughey (Warwick, RI) appeared in 29 games, starting 28 of them. She batted .167 (12-for-72) with 12 hits, one double, 11 RBI, eight walks and 10 runs scored. McCaughey recorded a .181 slugging percentage, .250 on-base percentage and a .953 fielding percentage to go along with one stolen base. As a pitcher, McCaughey appeared in 19 games, starting 15 of them. She recorded a 2-12 record with a 7.41 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 74.2 innings of work. McCaughey led the Anchorwomen in appearances, strikeouts, innings pitched and complete games (8).

 

Junior infielder Shannon Laiho (West Greenwich, RI) played in 10 games, starting nine of them. She batted .174 (4-for-23) with four hits, two doubles, six RBI and four walks. She posted a .261 slugging percentage, .296 on-base percentage and an .889 fielding percentage.

 

Junior catcher Tori Lussier (North Franklin, CT) played in 27 games, starting 26 of them. She batted .342 (27-for-79) with 27 hits, six doubles, 16 RBI, 10 walks and nine runs scored. Lussier owned a .418 slugging percentage, a .416 on-base percentage and a .940 fielding percentage. She ranked second on the team in putouts and RBI, while ranking third in batting average.

 

Sophomore pitcher/second baseman Lauren DiScuillo (East Providence, RI) was the only Anchorwoman to play and start in all 32 games during the season. As a hitter, she batted .323 (30-for-93) with 30 hits, five doubles, one triple, eight RBI, 12 walks and a team-best 26 runs scored. DiScuillo posted a .398 slugging percentage, a .400 on-base percentage and a .890 fielding percentage to go along with five stolen bases. As a pitcher, she appeared in 14 games, starting 11 of them. DiScuillo posted a 2-7 record with a team-best 6.42 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 56.2 innings of work. She tossed five complete games on the season.

 

Sophomore pitcher/right fielder Lauren Duvall (East Greenwich, RI) played in 28 games, starting 23 of them. She batted .360 (27-for-75) with 27 hits, four doubles, one triple, 12 RBI and 13 runs scored. Duvall owned a .440 slugging percentage, a .360 on-base percentage and a .919 fielding percentage to go along with five stolen bases. She ranked second on the team in both slugging percentage and steals on the year. As a pitcher, Duvall appeared in 16 games, starting six of them. She owned a 2-7 record with a 9.08 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 61.2 innings of work. Duvall hurled four complete games on the season.

 

Sophomore left fielder Sarah Molin played in 27 games for the Anchorwomen, starting 25 of them. She batted .301 (22-for-73) with 22 hits, three doubles, one home run, 11 RBI, six walks and 14 runs scored. Molin recorded a .384 slugging percentage, a .354 on-base percentage and a .759 fielding percentage to go along with four steals.

 

Sophomore first baseman Mary Sweeney (Portsmouth, RI) played in 21 games, starting 16 of them. She posted a .232 batting average (13-for-56) with 13 hits, six doubles, one triple, seven RBI, three walks and seven runs scored. Sweeney recorded a .375 slugging percentage, a .271 on-base percentage and a .885 fielding percentage to go along with one stolen base.

 

Freshman catcher Jacqueline Gauthier (Seekonk, MA) played in 17 games, starting 15 of them. She batted .139 (5-for-36) with five hits, one triple, two RBI, three walks and three runs scored. Gauthier owned a .194 slugging percentage, a .205 on-base percentage and a .938 fielding percentage.

 

Freshman center fielder Sarah Nolan (Cranston, RI) played in 20 games, starting 15 of them. She batted .158 (6-for-38) with six hits, one double, two RBI, one walk and four runs scored. Nolan posted a .184 slugging percentage, a .179 on-base percentage and .800 fielding percentage to go along with four steals.

 

Freshman second baseman Michaela Paddock (Danbury, CT) played in 18 games, starting 16 of them. She batted .200 (8-for-40) with eight hits, one triple, four RBI, three walks and seven runs scored. Paddock posted a .250 slugging percentage, a .256 on-base percentage and a .940 fielding percentage to go along with three stolen bases.

 

Freshman Ariel Wilkerson (Providence, RI) was a reserve on the team.