April 16, 2009



Westfield, MA—The Rhode Island College softball team saw their 19-game unbeaten streak (18-0-1) come to an end in a split with Westfield State on Thursday afternoon. The Anchorwomen won game one, 4-1, and fell in the nightcap, 7-4.


Rhode Island College sees its record go to 26-3-1, while the Owls’ mark goes to 17-11.


In game two, the Owls got a huge relief pitching performance from freshman Madeline Tomich (Alford, MA) and key contributions at bat and on the bases from senior sparkplug Jackie Mason (Florida, MA).


With Westfield trailing 4-2, Mason ignited the Owls’ three-run, third-inning rally with a solo home run over the left field fence. In the fifth inning, Mason gave the Owls an insurance run for a 6-4 lead when she swiped both third base and home on delayed steals.


Tomich threw shutout ball over the final four innings, allowing a hit and two walks, while striking out five. In Westfield’s third-inning rally, Kim Brennan tied the score with an RBI single. Allison Allen drove in the game-winning run with an RBI single off junior relief pitcher Jenna Deveines (Lowville, NY).


Westfield out-hit RIC, 7-4, in the nightcap. Mason was 2-for-3 with three runs scored, including her solo homer. For RIC, junior left fielder Kelli McCartin (Cranston, RI) was 1-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI, including a solo homer in the first inning.


In the opener, RIC sophomore second baseman and leadoff batter Amanda Perry (New Bedford, MA) was 3-for-4 with two RBI, and dangerous No. 9 batter, sophomore shortstop Donielle Mattoon (Coventry, RI), was 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored to lead RIC to its 4-1 triumph.


Two third-inning runs was all sophomore winning pitcher Amanda Berard (Swansea, MA) needed. She gave up four hits and struck out four in six innings. Neece pitched the seventh to notch her first save of the season.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume the Little East Conference circuit when it hosts Plymouth State on Saturday, Apr. 18.