May 2, 2008


Win Sets Up a Showdown With Top-Seeded Eastern Connecticut

Willimantic, CT—Second-seeded Rhode Island College defeated fourth-seeded Keene State, 5-3, in second round action of the 2008 Little East Conference Softball Tournament Thursday afternoon at Spector Field. The Anchorwomen will face top-seeded Eastern Connecticut in a battle of undefeated (2-0) squads in tourney action at 8 p.m. this evening. The Warriors swept a doubleheader from RIC this past Saturday to clinch a share of the LEC Regular Season Championship and earn the right to host the conference tournament.


RIC improves to 31-7, while the Owls fall to 23-11. Keene State is forced to play an elimination game against sixth-seeded Plymouth State immediately following its loss to the Anchorwomen.


Rhode Island College took a 1-0 lead in the second inning as junior left fielder Kelli McCartin (Cranston, RI) singled, advanced on an error to second and later scored on sophomore shortstop Kelsey Souza’s (Braintree, MA) hard shot to first base that was misplayed.


The Anchorwomen built a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth as freshman second baseman Amanda Perry (New Bedford, MA) and classmate right fielder Donielle Mattoon (Coventry, RI) each scored on throwing errors.


The Owls pulled within one run, 3-2, in the home half of the fourth as junior center fielder Allie D’Amato (Bristol, CT) plated two with a single to right field.


RIC added insurance runs in the top of the sixth as sophomore designated player Michelle Perrin (Saugus, MA) belted a two-run single up the middle. KSC scored one run in the sixth, but could not close the gap.



Michelle Perrin


Freshman pitcher Melanie Neece (Westfield, MA) and sophomore Jenna Deveines (Lowville, NY) earned the win (17-3) and save (2), respectively, for the second straight day. Neece allowed two runs on eight hits in five innings of work before giving way to Deveines in the sixth.


Keene State senior Ashlee Nicholson (Swanzey, NH) was saddled with the loss (13-5), allowing five runs, three of which were earned, on nine hits to go along with seven strikeouts.


RIC senior first baseman Christie Lotti (Waterford, CT) went 2-for-4 with one run scored.