March 29, 2011


RIC Increases Current Win Streak to Eight Games

Providence, RI-Quality relief pitching from senior Amanda Berard (Swansea, MA), coupled with clutch hitting from senior first baseman Chelsi Panarelli (Shrewsbury, MA) and junior outfielder Jaci Lata (Lisbon, NH), powered Rhode Island College to a pair of one-run victories in a nail biting doubleheader sweep (3-2, 2-1) of Worcester State at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex on Tuesday afternoon.


With the victories, the Anchorwomen (8-3) have won their last eight games. RIC has quickly transformed what was once a 0-3 start into an 8-3 month of March.



 Senior pitcher Amanda Berard


The Anchorwomen leaned on solid relief from Berard in both games, logging three innings for the save in game one, and two more in the nightcap for another save (3). In sum, Berard worked five innings, allowing just one run, which was earned, on four hits. The righty walked two and struck out three. 


In the first game, the Anchorwomen benefited from alert play in a peculiar situation to take an early lead. With the game scoreless in the bottom of the third, Lancer (9-5) senior pitcher Michaella Mahoney (Shrewsbury, MA) quickly faded after recording the first two outs. With a runner at second, Mahoney walked back-to-back batters on the minimum eight pitches to load the bases, and then ran a 3-0 count to Panarelli. 



 Senior first baseman Chelsi Panarelli


Mahoney's 3-0 offering appeared to many in attendance to be her 12th consecutive misfire, and most players on the field reacted accordingly. Panarelli jogged the entire distance toward first base and the other Anchorwomen followed, straying from the safety of their respective bases. When players noticed a late strike call from home plate umpire Rudy Sanda, confusion ensued. With all three baserunners at risk, Lancer junior catcher Ashley Howe (Pepperrell, MA) elected to throw to second base, where shifting baserunners increased confusion and no tags were ever applied. As the Lancers moved the ball waywardly through the infield, all three Anchorwomen aboard stole bases, including senior pitcher Emily Johnson (West Kingston, RI), who swiped the plate to give the Anchorwomen a brief 1-0 lead. One pitch later, a deflated Mahoney hung her 3-1 offering, which Panarelli promptly deposited into center field for the game's decisive two-RBI single, staking RIC to a 3-0 lead.


The Lancers mustered single runs in each of the subsequent innings, keyed by triples each time. Sophomore third baseman Alex Kerr (Franklin, MA) crushed an RBI triple to left field off of Johnson in the fourth and junior first baseman Jaime Jacobs (Billerica, MA) greeted Berard with a three-base smash just inside the first base bag to the right field wall to setup Worcester's ultimate tally.


On the mound, Johnson collected the victory (4-2) in four innings of work. She allowed one earned run on two hits, striking out five and walking two. Mahoney (4-1) took the loss, allowing three earned runs on five hits,


The Anchorwomen struck first in the nightcap, getting on the board in the bottom of the first with a single run. Senior catcher Kayla Jandreau (Plainville, CT) led off with a single and quickly took second on a passed ball. After sister sophomore second baseman Marisa Jandreau (Plainville, CT) singled to advance Kayla to third, senior shortstop Donielle Mattoon (Coventry, RI) delivered an RBI single, but was thrown out at second, halting the rally. 


Worcester quickly answered in the top of the second, as Kerr came through with a clutch two-out double to deep center to score the tying run from first. Kerr finished the day 2-for-6, with both hits for a single RBI apiece. 



 Junior Jaci Lata


In the bottom of the second, sophomore outfielder Kristina Gingell (Pascoag, RI) led off with a single. Freshman outfielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT) immediately followed with a single, advancing Gingell to third, where she later remained with two outs. Marisa Jandreau battled illness throughout the day, and was finally lifted before her plate appearance in favor of Lata, who delivered a clutch, pinch-hit double, which broke the tie and proved to be the game-winning hit. 


The Lancers mustered just two hits the rest of the way. RIC starter junior Kyla Puccini (North Dighton, MA) earned the win (1-1) in five innings of work. She held Worcester's lineup to one earned run on three hits, fanning four and walking two.


Panarelli went 2-for-5 with two RBI on the day for the hosts. WSU freshman starter Kelly Winter (Attleboro, MA) took the loss (0-2) in game two, allowing two runs on six hits in two innings of work.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play a doubleheader at home against Wheaton (4 p.m.) on Thursday, March 31.