April 30, 2009



Providence, RI—Sophomore shortstop Donielle Mattoon (Coventry, RI) went 2-for-3 with two RBI as top-seeded Rhode Island College defeated sixth-seeded Southern Maine, 6-2, in game one of the 2009 Little East Conference Softball Championship Tournament at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex on Thursday morning.



 Sophomore Shortstop Donielle Mattoon


RIC (37-4) will play third-seeded Eastern Connecticut tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. The Huskies (6-35) will play an elimination game with the loser of the PSU vs. KSC game at 4 p.m. this afternoon.


The Anchorwomen jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second, led by sophomore first baseman Chelsi Panarelli’s (Shrewsbury, MA) leadoff home run (5) and Mattoon’s two-out RBI single.


The hosts staked junior starting pitcher Jenna Deveines (Lowville, NY) to a 4-0 lead with two more runs in the third. Sophomore designated player Kayla Jandreau (Plainville, NY) knocked in one with an RBI single and classmate Lauren Kostenblatt (Keene, NH) plated another with a sacrifice bunt.



 Junior Pitcher Jenna Deveines


The Huskies cut the deficit to two runs, 4-2, as freshman catcher Jessica Hayden (Madison, ME) doubled in a pair in the fourth. RIC answered with a single run in the bottom half of the frame with a Mattoon RBI groundout. Junior right fielder Michelle Perrin (Saugus, MA) walked with the bases loaded in the sixth to close out the Anchorwomen’s offensive output.


Deveines earned her 14th (14-0) win, allowing just one unearned run on two hits before giving way to sophomore reliever Amanda Berard (Swansea, MA) in the fifth. She hurled three innings of scoreless ball, surrendering just two hits en route to earning her nation-leading 12th save. USM used all three of its pitchers on the day with freshman Alex Perdomo (Portland, ME) taking the loss (2-16).



 Sophomore Pitcher Amanda Berard


In addition to Mattoon, Jandreau, Perrin and Panarelli each collected two knocks. Sophomore left fielder Sarah Cusack (Wells, ME) was the only Husky with multiple hits, going 2-for-3.