April 29, 2010



Providence, RI—Rhode Island College saw its worst losing streak in five years increase to four games as Brandeis University took a doubleheader (9-3, 6-5) from the Anchorwomen at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex.


RIC (24-9), which came into the game having not lost more than three games in a row since dropping five in 2005, nearly came back with a three-run seventh, to win the nightcap, but fell just short. Brandeis (24-6-1) avenges a sweep by the Anchorwomen last season with the victories.



 RIC seniors Jackie Dube, Amy Jackman, Jenna Deveines and Michelle Perrin
were honored along with their families prior to the start as part of Senior Day.


Junior third baseman Danielle Lavallee (Sutton, MA) went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, three RBI a double and a homer in the first tilt, while sophomore first baseman Marianne Specker (South Windsor, CT) went 2-for-3 with three RBI in the second contest. Senior pitcher Emily Vaillette (Milford, NH) factored in both decisions with a win and a save.


RIC junior first baseman Chelsi Panarelli (Shrewsbury, MA) went 3-for-6 with four RBI, a run scored and two doubles in a losing effort.



 Junior first baseman Chelsi Panarelli


The Anchorwomen took a 1-0 lead in game one as Panarelli doubled in junior shortstop Donielle Mattoon (Coventry, RI) in the first. The visitors stormed back with a three-run second, chasing senior pitcher Jenna Deveines (Lowville, NY) from the game. Lavallee got the ball rolling with a solo homer (1) to left, while Specker and sophomore left fielder Brittany Grimm (Perkiomenville, MA) each singled in a run.


RIC tied the game with a two-run third as sophomore third baseman Cristina Bailey (Londonderry, NH) plated one with a sacrifice fly and freshman designated player Kristina Gingell (Pascoag, RI) knocked in another on an RBI ground out.


The Judges went ahead for good by scoring two runs in the fourth. One came home on a wild pitch, while freshman designated player Stacy Berg (Owings Mills, MD) smacked an RBI single.


A four-run seventh sealed the Anchorwomen’s fate. Lavallee knocked in a pair as part of the decisive frame. Vaillette picked up the win (13-4), allowing just three runs on four hits to go along with five strikeouts. Berard took the loss (9-5).


Brandeis had to hold off a furious, two-out comeback attempt by RIC in the seventh inning of game two, after accumulating a comfortable, 6-2, lead.


The Judges took a 1-0 lead in the third on a Specker RBI single. The Anchorwomen answered back with two in the fourth with an RBI double from Panarelli and a run-scoring sacrifice bunt by junior designated player Laura DeNoncour (Johnston, RI).


Two runs by the visitors in the fifth knocked sophomore starter Kyla Puccini (North Dighton, MA) out of the game as Berard was called upon once again. With runners on second and third and one away, Specker delivered a two run single to center to put the Judges up, 3-2.


A key two-out error allowed two Brandeis runs to score two in the sixth and Berg knocked in what proved to be the game-winning run with an RBI single in the seventh.


In the seventh, Brandeis sophomore starter Caroline Miller (Bala Cynwyd, PA) had the first two Anchorwomen reach on her via an error and a single, but she induced two fielder’s choice ground outs to nearly end the game. She issued a walk to Mattoon and Panarelli crushed a three-run double to center to bring in all three baserunners and cut RIC’s deficit to just a run, 6-5. Vaillette came in and after a wild pitch allowed Panarelli to move up to third, she got DeNoncour to ground out to first to secure the win.


Miller got the win (7-2), allowing five runs, two of which were earned, on six hits in 6.2 innings. Vaillette was credited with her second save, while Puccini took the loss (6-3).


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will close out the regular season at Little East Conference rival Eastern Connecticut on Saturday, May 1.