May 9, 2009



Beverly, MAŚSenior center fielder Angela Atkins (East Haddam, CT) blasted a two-out walk-off home run to lead seventh-seeded Springfield past second-seeded Rhode Island College, 3-1, in game 12 of the 2009 NCAA Div. III Softball Tournament New England Regional, hosted by Endicott this afternoon.


The Anchorwomen (42-7) end their season going 2-2 at the Regional, losing both matchups with the Pride (23-23). Springfield and Keene State are the only two teams to beat RIC twice this season. Rhode Island College lost its opening game of the Regional, 5-2, to Springfield on Thursday.


 Rhode Island College's 42 wins are a new program record for a single season.


 RIC took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second as sophomore first baseman Chelsi Panarelli (Shrewsbury, MA) clouted her eighth home run of the season to start the frame. Panarelli jumped ahead of classmate second baseman Amanda Perry (New Bedford, MA) for the program record for single season homers.


The Pride evened the game, 1-1, in the bottom of the fourth. Junior catcher Michelle Wlosek (Nutley, NJ) led off with a walk and was lifted for freshman pinch runner Marissa Speroni (Cumberland, RI). With one down, junior right fielder Bryn Worrilow (North Babylon, NY) doubled to put runners at second and third. Speroni then came home on freshman shortstop Tess Gagliano's (Atlantic Highlands, NJ) sacrifice fly.


RIC sophomore pitcher Amanda Berard (Swansea, MA) threw the first four innings, surrendering one run on four hits to go along with four strikeouts, before giving way to junior Jenna Deveines (Lowville, NY).



Sophomore First Baseman Chelsi Panarelli


 The Anchorwomen threatened in the sixth as sophomore designated player Laura Kostenblatt (Keene, NH) smacked a one-out double to left center field and was lifted for freshman pinch runner Shawna Parent (Middletown, RI). Panarelli singled to left field but was thrown out trying to advance to second. With Parent on third, Springfield senior pitcher Samantha Rhodes (Mendon, MA) got senior left fielder Kelli McCartin (Cranston, RI) to pop out to Wlosek.


Gagliano opened the bottom of the seventh with a single to center field and was moved over to third with two sacrifice hits. Atkins hit a 2-2 offering over the left field fence to end the game.


Deveines suffers the loss (15-3), giving up two runs on two hits in 2.2 innings of work. Rhodes picks up her 15th (15-11) win, allowing one run on six hits.