April 3, 2010






Gorham, Maine-Junior shortstop Donielle Mattoon (Coventry, RI) and classmate first baseman Chelsi Panarelli (Shrewsbury, MA) each had three hits, but the Rhode Island College softball team came back from Southern Maine with a disappointing split in the Little East Conference opener for both teams at Towers Field on Saturday afternoon.






 Junior first baseman Chelsi Panarelli




RIC (12-4, 1-1) saw a nine-game win streak come to an end in a 6-3 loss in the first game. The Anchorwomen rebounded to defeat the Huskies (4-12, 1-1), 5-3, in the nightcap. The Huskiesí win over the Anchorwomen stopped a 10-game losing streak to RIC that began during the 2006 season. Southern Maineís last win over RIC was a 7-0 decision on April 1, 2006.




USM junior pitcher Sarah Deroche (Portland, ME) scattered five hits over seven innings to pick up the victory in game one. Deroche struck out four batters and gave up five walks en route to her second straight win in the circle. RIC junior pitcher Amanda Berard (Swansea, MA) took the loss (5-2) for RIC yielding six runs, three earned, on seven hits in five innings. Berard struck out four and did not give up a walk.




After a scoreless three innings, RIC struck first, plating two runs in the top of the fourth inning following RBI from junior designated player Laura DeNoncour (Johnston, RI) and sophomore third baseman Cristina Bailey (Londonderry, NH).  However, the Huskies struck back in the bottom of the inning to go ahead with five runs on four hits and one RIC error.




USM sophomore catcher Jess Hayden (Madison, ME) drove in the Huskiesí first and second runs of the inning with a two-run single to right field. Hayden drove in sophomore outfielder Lauren DiCecco (South Berwick, ME) and freshman third baseman Katie Davis (Woburn, MA). DiCecco led off the inning with a double and Davis reached safely following a fielding error.




            The Huskiesí next three runs came on an RBI double from junior shortstop Heather Gilman (Fairfield, ME), an RBI single from junior outfielder Molly Hopkins (Augusta, ME) and a RBI-ground out from junior outfielder Sarah Cusack (Wells, ME).




In the fifth inning, Deroche struck out the side and USM added a run in the bottom of inning on an RBI single from junior first baseman Melissa Caiazzo (Portland, ME) to increase the lead to 6-2.  The Anchorwomen got one run back from the Huskies in the top of the sixth following Baileyís second RBI of the game, but Deroche was able to work her way out of the seventh inning for the win.






 Senior pitcher Jenna Deveines




In the second game, RIC scored five unanswered runs in the first four innings and held on for the win as the Huskies rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Senior pitcher Jenna Deveines (Lowville, NY) earned her fifth win of the season to improve to 5-0. Deveines allowed three earned runs on six hits and three walks in 5.1 innings. Berard earned the save (3) pitching the final three outs.




            Trailing 5-0, USMís bats came alive in the bottom of the sixth for three runs on four hits. Davis drove in the Huskiesí first run of the inning with a double off of the center field wall. ≠Davis scored the second run after a double from Caiazzo, before freshman catcher Erica Anderson (Berwick, ME) knocked in USMís final run with a single through the right side.




USM threatened for more runs in the bottom of the seventh following a leadoff single from freshman outfielder Blake Linehan (South Boston, MA), but Berard was able to force a ground out double play fielded neatly turned by Mattoon and freshman second baseman Marisa Jandreau (Plainville, CT) to eliminate the threat. Berard then took down USMís final batter via strike out for the save.






 Junior shortstop Donielle Mattoon




Mattoon went 3-for-7 with two RBI, one run scored and a double, while Panarelli went 3-for-6 with two runs scored.




In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Bridgewater State on Tuesday, April 6.