May 7, 2010



Keene, N.H.—Fourth-seeded Rhode Island College lost to top-seeded Eastern Connecticut, 10-0 (5 innings), in game five of the 2010 Little East Conference Softball Tournament at Keene State’s Owl Athletic Complex.


Rhode Island College (24-13) has been eliminated from the tournament and ends the program’s streak of four straight Little East Tournament Championships (2006-09). The Warriors (30-4-1) advance with their second straight win and will play later today at 4 p.m. RIC was shutout in all three matchups with Eastern this season.


ECSU sophomore pitcher Molly Rathbun (Hebron, CT) fired a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts and only a walk prevented her from hurling a perfect game as she raised her record to 21-1. She also went 2-for-2 with a run scored and two RBI.


Four Anchorwomen errors contributed to the loss.


Sophomore designated player Kassondra Silva (Hamden, CT) and senior shortstop Kim Church (Farmington, CT) also knocked in a pair of runs for the Warriors.



 Junior center fielder Amanda Perry


RIC junior center fielder Amanda Perry’s (New Bedford, MA) walk in the third inning was the only Anchorwomen baserunner on the day.


Eastern scored right away in the top of the first as sophomore right fielder Priscilla Alicea (Stratford, CT) reached on an error and later scored on another RIC miscue.


The Warriors chased RIC junior starter Amanda Berard (Swansea, MA) with a seven-run third. Rathbun contributed a two-run single and Church doubled to left center to drive in another pair.


Berard gave way to senior Jenna Deveines (Lowville, NY) during the frame. She allowed eight runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits in 2.1 innings as she falls to 9-7.


Eastern helped end the game early with two additional runs in the fourth as Silva’s one out double to left field brought in Rathbun and senior center fielder Ashley Sullivan (Trumbull, CT).