April 19, 2009



Boston, MA-Rhode Island College swept a doubleheader from UMass Boston (13-2, 12-0) in Little East Conference Softball action on Sunday afternoon. The Anchorwomen improve their record to 30-3-1 and remain unbeaten, 9-0-1, in league action. RIC reached the 30-win plateau for the fourth straight season with the victories.



Sophomore Catcher Laura Kostenblatt


Sophomore Laura Kostenblatt (Keene, NH) collected four hits, including a pair of doubles and knocked in four runs, while sophomore pitcher Melanie Neece (Westfield, MA) tossed a one-hit five-inning shutout  on the day. The Beacons fall to 10-18 overall and 2-8 in LEC play.


Rhode Island College broke open game one with five runs in the top of the fourth inning to take an 8-0 lead.  Sophomore second baseman Amanda Perry (New Bedford, MA) keyed the inning with a two-run single, while freshman third baseman Cristina Bailey (Londonderry, NH) drove in a run with a single and Kostenblatt doubled home a run.  Sophomore designated player Kayla Jandreau (Plainville, CT) also plated a run on a fielder’s choice.  UMass Boston got on the board in the fifth when senior center fielder Jenn Widener (Hyde Park, MA) smacked a leadoff single to center field, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Leigh Hammontree (Westport, MA) and scored on a towering double to left field by freshman catcher Lisa Polsonetti (Revere, MA) to cut the deficit to 8-1.



 Sophomore Pitcher Melanie Neece


The Anchorwomen rallied for five more runs in the seventh when sophomore first baseman Chelsi Panarelli (Shrewsbury, MA) doubled to lead off the frame and scored on a single by Bailey.  Junior center fielder Jackie Dube (Barrington, NH), junior right fielder Michelle Perrin (Saugus, MA) and Jandreau all later singled home runs to give the visitors a 13-1 advantage.  The Beacons answered with a run in the bottom of the inning when freshman shortstop Ashley Faiella (Hyde Park, MA) struck a single to center and Hammontree worked a walk to push Faiella into scoring position, where she scored on Polsonetti’s second double of the game to make it 13-2, but that would be all the scoring for the game.


Rhode Island College scored single runs in each of the first three innings to take a 3-0 margin  Perry drew a leadoff walk and later scored on an error in the first, Panarelli opened the second with a single and scampered home on a sacrifice fly to left field off the bat of senior left fielder Kelli McCartin (Cranston, RI) and Perry reached base on an error to lead off the third, stole second base and scored on a Perrin single to right.


Junior pitcher Jenna Deveines (Lowville, NY) improved to a perfect 12-0 for the Anchorwomen, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out seven batters in seven innings.  Freshman hurler Kara Willis (Burrillville, RI) took the loss for UMass Boston, yielding 13 runs (four earned) on 13 hits and four walks in seven innings.


Rhode Island College scored five times in the top of the first of the second game when Perry got things started, hitting the second pitch of the game over the left field fence for her fourth home run of the season and Kostenblatt later singled home a run.  McCartin capped the inning’s scoring with a two-run blast to left for her second homer of the year and a 5-0 RIC lead.  The Anchorwomen tacked on another run in the third when sophomore third baseman Trish Koutsulis (Peoria, AZ) knocked in a run with a single to left field for a 6-0 advantage.  Rhode Island College put the game out of reach with six more runs in the fourth for a 12-0 margin, fueled by an RBI single by Perrin, a two-run double by Kostenblatt and a two-run homer off the bat of Panarelli for her second of the season.  The game was called due to the eight-run mercy rule.


Neece (9-2) walked two and struck out eight to earn the victory for the Anchorwomen, while Willis (9-14) allowed 12 runs (10 earned) on 14 hits in five innings and also struck out two batters in the loss for UMB.  Senior Brittainy Knight’s (Buxton, ME) single to center in the second inning was the only hit for UMass Boston. 


 Perrin and Panarelli each went 5-7 with multiple RBI on the day for Rhode Island College, while Jandreau collected three hits and knocked in a pair of runs.  Polsonetti led the Beacons on the day with a pair of doubles and two runs batted in.


In upcoming action, the Anchorwomen will continue the Little East Conference circuit with a doubleheader at Western Connecticut on Tuesday, April 21.