April 22, 2008


Underclassmen Help Lead RIC to Victory on Senior Day

Providence, RIóRhode Island College took two games from Western Connecticut in a battle of two Little East Conference softball heavyweights on Tuesday afternoon at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex. The Anchorwomen raise their overall record to 29-5 and remain unbeaten in the LEC with a 12-0 mark. WestConn falls to 23-11 overall and 8-4 in league action.


In the first contest, RIC freshman catcher Kayla Jandreau (Plainville, CT) blasted a one-out, two-run home run (2) off WestConn senior reliever Shelby Slie (Seymour, CT) in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Anchorwomen a 4-2 walk-off win. The Colonials built a 2-0 advantage with a solo home run (4) by freshman designated player Meghan Mammone (Stamford, CT) in the third inning and a bases loaded RBI walk from senior third baseman Stacey DiMaggio (Hopewell Jct. NY) in the fourth.


Kayla Jandreau


Rhode Island College tied the game in the fifth frame as sophomore shortstop Kelsey Souza (Braintree, MA) scored on an error and senior third baseman Krystal Bilek (Fitchburg, MA) plated classmate first baseman Christie Lotti (Waterford, CT) with a crafty bases loaded, RBI-bunt single that was just over the reach of WestConn senior first baseman Megan Brunnell (North Attleboro, MA).


Freshman pitcher Melanie Neece (Westfield, MA) earned the win (15-2), allowing two runs on five hits, while striking out five. Western Connecticut senior pitcher Cortney Romyns (Newton, NJ) took the loss (4-1), allowing three runs on one hit, while striking out two.


RIC rode the momentum into the nightcap to end the contest in just five innings with an 8-0 decision. Lotti blasted a 1-1 pitch over the right field fence off DiMaggio to lead off the home half of the first. The Anchorwomen put the game out of reach the following inning. After one run had already scored on a throwing error, the Colonials intentionally walked Lotti to load the bases. Freshman second baseman Amanda Perry (New Bedford, MA) followed with a grand slam homer (3) over the left field fence to make the score 6-0. Bilek rounded out the offensive outburst to make the score 8-0 with a two-out, opposite field, two-run double in the fourth inning.


Amanda Perry


RIC sophomore pitcher Jenna Deveines (Lowville, NY) hurled her first collegiate no-hitter, earning her second shutout victory on the season as she improved to 13-2. DiMaggio took the loss (1-1), allowing just one earned run on two hits in 1.2 inning of work.



The Class of 2008 and their families


The Anchorwomen honored their three seniors prior to the start of the game as Bilek, Lotti and senior catcher Jeanne Rosa (Milford, CT), along with their families, were recognized prior to the start of the doubleheader.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will close out the regular season at Little East Conference rival Eastern Connecticut on Saturday, Apr. 26. The Anchorwomen can wrap up their fourth consecutive LEC Regular Season Championship, along with the right to host the conference tournament, by winning one of the two games with the Warriors. RIC will also be looking to establish a new school record for the most conference wins in a season. The previous mark of 12-2 was set by the 2005 and 2007 editions.