April 2, 2007




Providence, RIóRhode Island College senior pitcher Nicole Riley (North Providence, RI) and junior first baseman Christie Lotti (Waterford, CT) were honored by the Little East Conference for their performances in softball last week.


Riley was named the Little East Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week for the second consecutive week. In five appearances, Riley went 4-0 with four complete games and two shutouts as the righty did not allow an earned run in 27 innings of work. She struck out 27 batters and walked only three, while giving up 13 hits and two unearned runs. Riley became the Rhode Island College softball all-time wins leader (53) in a 3-1 win over Wheaton on Mar. 27, surpassing the previous standard held by Kim Warrington í04. Riley recorded a season-high 13 strikeouts at Salem State, while fanning 10 against conference foe Southern Maine. In 13 appearances on the season, Riley has a 9-0 mark and a microscopic 0.11 ERA in 62.2 innings of work. She has struck out 69, while only surrendering eight walks. She currently has 57 career wins and is riding a 32-game winning streak.


Lotti was named the Little East Conference Softball Co-Player of the Week. She paced the Rhode Island College offensive attack with a .550 batting average (11-for-20) to go along with nine runs scored, seven extra-base hits and seven RBIs in six games this past week. She was instrumental in a conference sweep of Southern Maine going 4-for-6 with two triples, four runs scored, and three RBI. Lotti broke Jen Sabatelliís í00 school record for career runs, scoring twice in RICís, 10-2, win over Southern Maine in game two of a doubleheader sweep.


Head Coach Maria Morinís team is ranked 21st in the nation with a 12-2 overall record and a 2-0 mark in the Little East. RIC has won its last seven games and 10 of its last 11. In upcoming action, the Anchorwomen will play at doubleheader at Bridgewater State on Tuesday, Apr. 2 beginning at 3:30 p.m.