April 15, 2008



North Dartmouth, MA—Rhode Island College held the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s softball team to a single run and swept their Little East Conference doubleheader, 8-0 and 5-1, at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex on Tuesday.


In the nightcap, the Anchorwomen took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first on a bases-loaded walk to right fielder Chelsi Panarelli (Shrewsbury, MA) and a two-run single by freshman center fielder Donielle Mattoon (Coventry, RI). Senior first baseman Christie Lotti (Waterford, CT) drove in RIC’s other two runs with a sixth-inning single. Freshman right-hander Ashley Puls (West Springfield, MA) took the loss for UMass Dartmouth and fell to 1-7, while sophomore Jenna Deveines (Lowville, NY) pitched the first five innings for the Anchorwomen and earned the win, improving to 10-2.



 Chelsi Panarelli


Freshman right-hander Melanie Neece (Westfield, MA) pitched a four-hit shutout for RIC in the opener. RBI singles by freshman catcher Kayla Jandreau (Plainville, CT) and Panarelli helped stake Rhode Island College to a 3-0 lead. The Anchorwomen scored five runs in the top of the sixth, and the game ended after six innings because of the eight-run rule. Neece was the winner and improved to 13-1, while junior right-hander Amie Nickerson (Wrentham, MA) took the loss and dropped to 4-8.


UMass Dartmouth fell to 5-15 and 1-4 in the Little East Conference with the defeats, while RIC improved to 24-4 and 8-0 in LEC play. The Corsairs will return to action Thursday when they host Curry in a non-conference doubleheader, while the Anchorwomen will host Westfield State in a non-conference doubleheader Thursday.