April 14, 2011


RIC Takes Two From Bridgewater State

Providence, RI-The Rhode Island College softball team swept a doubleheader from Bridgewater State on Thursday afternoon to improve to 22-3 on the season. RIC took game one, 7-1, and edged the Bears, 3-2, in the nightcap.


After opening the season with an 0-3 record, which capped a streak of 11 straight losses dating back to last season, the Anchorwomen have ripped off 22 straight wins to tie the 2007 edition for the most consecutive wins in program history.


Rhode Island College will travel to Keene State for an important Little East Conference doubleheader on Saturday, April 16 (1 p.m.). It was the Owls who ended the Anchorwomen’s previous win streak four years ago in Providence.



 Freshman left fielder Stacy Pokora


In  game two, the Anchorwomen erased a 2-0 deficit with a three-run fifth inning capped off by a senior catcher Kayla Jandreau (Plainville, CT) two-run home run. RIC put the first two runners on in the frame, but Bridgewater hurler Meghan Dunn (Colchester, CT) induced a double play grounder to quickly make it two outs.  However, freshman left fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT) ripped an RBI single up the middle and Jandreau followed with the big blast.


Junior Kyla Puccini (North Dighton, MA) picked up the win in relief for the Anchorwomen. Puccini (6-1) worked four shutout innings, giving up just one hit and a pair of walks while striking out six.


RIC sophomore starting pitcher Emily Johnson (West Kingston, RI) went the first three innings and allowed two unearned runs on five hits and a walk.



 Junior pitcher Kyla Puccini


Bridgewater took advantage of an error in the third to take the 2-0 lead. Penny King (Hanover, MA) doubled in a run and Casey Hill (Randolph, MA) reached on an infield hit to plate the second run of the frame.


Dunn (7-3) took the loss in the circle for the Bears as she went the distance, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out three


Pokora led RIC's seven-hit attack as she went 2-for-2 at the plate with a run scored and an RBI as well as a sacrifice bunt. Bridgewater banged out six hits in the contest with Heather McPherson (Mansfield, MA) leading the way with a 2-for-4 performance. McPherson also reached on an error and scored a run in the third.


In the opener, the Anchorwomen raced out to a 7-0 lead after four innings and never looked back.



 Senior center fielder Amanda Perry


Senior pitcher Amanda Berard (Swansea, MA) picked up the win in relief for RIC as she worked the last four innings. Berard (7-0) gave up one unearned run on two hits and a pair of walks while striking out seven. Johnson also got the start in game one and tossed three shutout innings allowing just two hits and a walk with three strikeouts.


The Anchorwomen banged out nine hits in the contest with senior first baseman Chelsi Panarelli (Shrewsbury, MA), senior center fielder Amanda Perry (New Bedford, MA) and junior third baseman Cristina Bailey (Londonderry, NH) notching two hits as well as two RBI apiece. Senior shortstop Donielle Mattoon (Coventry, RI) added a 1-for-3 performance with three runs scored and an RBI.


RIC plated a pair of runs in the first on a two-run single by Perry. The Anchorwomen scored four times in the third as Mattoon tripled in a run and scored on Panarelli's RBI single. Bailey added a two-run single later in the frame. Panarelli capped off the visitor's scoring in game one with an RBI triple in the fourth.


Bridgewater scored an unearned tally in the fifth as Mary Ashley (Dartmouth, MA) singled with two outs and advance to second on a pinch hit walk by Shanna Lathrop (Hopedale, MA). Ashley would come around to score when Tracey Sanko (Windsor, CT) reached on an infield throwing error.


Sanko, who started the game in left field, came on to pitch in relief of Courtney Gregoire (Dartmouth, MA) with nobody out in the third and worked five innings.  Sanko allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts.