March 27, 2008


RIC Edges Wheaton, 3-2, in Game One & Takes Game Two, 3-0


Norton, MA—The Rhode Island College softball team increased their current win streak to seven games with a doubleheader sweep at Wheaton on Thursday afternoon.


Sophomore pinch hitter Cassandra Taverna (Bedford, MA) belted a one-out, two-run double to give the Anchorwomen a 3-1 advantage in the top of the eighth inning in game one. The Lyons came back to pull within one run in the home half of the frame, but freshman pitcher Melanie Neece (Westfield, MA) closed the door for her sixth (6-1) win of the season. RIC had jumped out a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth on freshman right fielder Amanda Perry’s (New Bedford, MA) solo home run (2). Wheaton tied the game up in the bottom of the sixth on Brady Benton’s solo blast.


Sophomore Cassandra Taverna


Rhode Island College (12-4) scored three runs in the top of the first inning of game two and that was all sophomore pitcher Jenna Deveines (Lowville, NY) and Neece would need to pick up the combined shutout victory. Deveines hurled five innings, allowing eight hits, while striking out two to earn her sixth (6-2) win of the season. Neece came in for the final two frames to pick up her first collegiate save. Wheaton (13-3) starting pitcher Andrea Bagley was the hard luck loser (3-2) as all three runs scored on Lyons’ errors.


Freshman Melanie Neece


Perry, went 3-for-6 with one run scored, an RBI and a home run, while senior first baseman Christie Lotti (Waterford, CT) and freshman third baseman Kayla Jandreau (Plainville, CT) notched two hits apiece.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will open Little East Conference play at home against Southern Maine on Saturday, Mar. 29.


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