April 11, 2011


Berard Picks Up Fifth Win

Providence, RI-Senior pitcher Amanda Berard (Swansea, MA) earned her fifth win (5-0) of the season and Rhode Island College pounded out 12 hits to defeat Wheaton, 9-1 (five innings), at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex.


The game was originally scheduled as game two of a doubleheader on March 31, but unexpected snow stopped the action after game one was completed.


The Anchorwomen (18-3) see their current win streak increase to 18 games as Wheaton (17-13) sees a modest four-game win streak come to and end.



 Senior pitcher Amanda Berard


RIC wasted no time in getting to Wheaton freshman Allison Baker (Orange, CT) in the bottom of the first. Senior catcher Kayla Jandreau (Plainville, CT), the reigning Little East Conference Player of the Week, crushed a double to left center field and promptly came home on her sisterís, sophomore second baseman Marisa Jandreau (Plainville, CT), double to right field. Senior shortstop Donielle Mattoon (Coventry, RI) doubled to right put runners at second and third and classmate center fielder Amanda Perry (New Bedford, MA) brought in the younger Jandreau with a sacrifice fly to center.


Berard cruised through the first three innings and nearly got out of the fourth unscathed before sophomore first baseman Megan Roy (North Dighton, MA) crushed a 3-2 offering over the left field fence to cut the deficit to one run, 2-1.


RIC put two more on the scoreboard in the home half of the frame as Kayla Jandreau brought in a pair with a single to left field. After senior designated player Laura DeNoncour (Johnston, RI) trotted home from third, Wheaton sophomore left fielder Amanda Drury (Tolland, CT) nearly cut down RIC freshman left fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT), but after a collision at home plate, no tag was applied and Pokora touched home to give RIC a 4-1 advantage.


The Anchorwomen blew the game open in the fifth, tagging Baker for three straight hits, capped by an RBI single from junior third baseman Cristina Bailey (Londonderry, NH). That ended the day for Baker, who gave way to junior Lesley Warn (Portland, ME).


A wild pitch put runners on second and third, and after sophomore right fielder Kristina Gingell (Pascoag, RI) was retired with a foul out to third, DeNoncour made Warn pay with a two-run single to center field.


With the bases loaded and two down, Warn hit Mattoon and walked Panarelli to end the game early.


Berard allowed just three hits and struck out seven in five innings of work. Baker took the loss (12-7), allowing seven runs on 11 hits in four innings.


Kayla Jandreau went 2-for-4 with a run scored, a double and two RBI. Mattoon also picked up two its (2-for-3) and DeNoncour knocked in two.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Salve Regina tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m.