April 1, 2010






Norton, Mass.-Junior shortstop Donielle Mattoon (Coventry, RI), the reigning Little East Conference Player of the Week, had three hits, which included her third homer of the season, knocked in four and scored two runs as the Rhode Island College softball team took a doubleheader from Wheaton (8-0, 6-4) at Clark Field on Thursday afternoon.




The Lyons slipped to 13-7, while the Anchorwomen improved to 11-3 this spring. RIC raises its current win streak to nine games.






 Junior Shortstop Donielle Mattoon




In game one, RIC ended the game in the sixth via the eight-run rule. Mattoon went 2-for-3 with two runs, four RBI and a home run for Rhode Island College, while classmate pitcher Amanda Berard (Swansea, MA) tossed the one-hit shutout, striking out three, while walking one in six innings.




Sophomore Lesley Warn (Portland, ME) took the loss for Wheaton, allowing only three earned runs, and none until the sixth inning, while striking out four, but walking five. Freshman Megan Roy (North Dighton, MA) had the hostsí lone hit, a line-drive single back through the box while glancing the pitcherís glove leading off the fifth inning.




After the visitors put two on with none out in the third, Warn induced a fly ball and a groundout to the circle before fanning the final Anchorwoman to escape the inning unscathed. However, three Wheaton errors and three RIC hits led to five runs coming around in the next frame, with each unearned. Two came home on an infield miscue before Mattoon hit a three-run homer with two down.




The visitors iced the game with three two-out runs in sixth inning, with Mattoon's RBI single making it 6-0 before freshman second baseman Marisa Jandreau (Plainville, CT) hit a two-run triple.




In game two. junior right fielder Amanda Perry (New Bedford, MA) went 2-for-3 with three runs for RIC, Jandreau was 3-for-4, and junior center fielder Kayla Jandreau (Plainville, CT) was 2-for-3 as the Anchorwomen wrapped up the sweep in the nightcap. Sophomore pitcher Kyla Puccini (North Dighton, MA) picked up the win in relief, allowing one run in three innings, before Berard pitched a perfect seventh for the save.






 Junior Catcher Kayla Jandreau




Roy drove in three runs during the second game, while freshman Amanda Drury (Tolland, CT) went 2-for-2. Junior Rachel Merrick (Methuen, MA) took the loss.




After the visitors took a 2-0 lead thanks to a pair of two-out RBI singles in the first, Wheaton countered with three runs in the home half, all being plated on a Roy triple to center. However, the Anchorwomen, who went 9-for-15 with two outs during the game, while bringing home all six runs with two down, knotted the game in the second on Marisa Jandreau's RBI single.




RIC took the lead for good thanks to Kayla Jandreau's RBI double in the fourth before Perry's two-bagger with the bases loaded and two down the following inning made it 5-3, but left fielder Drury's throw nailed a runner trying to take third before a second run could score on the hit.




Wheaton put the leadoff hitter aboard each in the third and fourth before coming up empty but rallied in the sixth, as a run scored on a fielder's choice with one out made it 6-4. However, with runners at second and third, a Lyon line drive was caught in center field by senior Jackie Dube (Barrington, NH), who cut down a runner trying to score to end the threat.




In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will open Little East Conference play at Southern Maine on Saturday, April 3.