April 16, 2011



Keene N.H.-Rhode Island College snapped the 2007 edition's previous school record for consecutive wins with a 5-1 win over Keene State in game one of a Little East Conference Softball doubleheader played at the Owl Athletic Complex.


The Anchorwomen (23-4, 5-1 LEC) won their 23rd straight game in the first contest before falling, 1-0, in the nightcap. Ironically, it was the Owls who stopped RIC's previous best effort (22 games) with a game two victory played at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex four years ago.


The game two loss was the first time this spring that the high-powered RIC offense was held without a run.


Senior first baseman Chelsi Panarelli (Shrewsbury, MA) and junior third baseman Christina Bailey (Londonderry, NH) both homered to lead second-ranked RIC to a win in the first game. Junior Courtney Savoie (Stratham, NH) tossed a complete game five-hitter to lead third-ranked Keene State to the victory in the second game. 


Senior shortstop Donielle Mattoon’s (Coventry, RI) RBI single in the third inning gave RIC a 1-0 lead. The Anchorwomen added an unearned run in the top of the fifth to go up 2-0.


KSC got it only run of the game in the bottom of the frame on a RBI single through the right side by junior Haley Chandler (Wakefield, MA).


Bailey homered and freshman left fielder Stacey Pokora (Wilton, CT) knocked in a run in the sixth and Panarelli went deep in the seventh.


Keene State finished the game with four hits.  Junior Emily Albin (Bethel, CT) took the loss (8-3). She went 5.1 innings, giving up four runs on six hits with two strikeouts and one walk.


Senior pitcher Amanda Berard (Swansea, MA), who took over in the third inning, picked up the win for RIC. She pitched 4.2 innings, giving up one run on four with three strikeouts and one walk to improve her record to 8-0.


Savoie was the story in the nightcap.  The junior scattered five hits and fanned three to improve her record to 4-4.


The Owls scored the only run of the game with two outs in the fifth inning. Haley Chandler, junior Sara Stocklinski (Newton, NJ) and Laura Chandler (Wakefield, MA) hit consecutive singles to lead the bases. Sophomore Nicole Dupuis (Fitchburg, MA)  brought in the go-ahead run when she was hit by a pitch. 


Laura Chandler finished with two of the Owls’ six hits in the game.


Senior catcher Kayla Jandreau (Plainville, CT) and Mattoon each had two hits for the Anchorwomen.  Junior pitcher Kyla Puccini (North Dighton, MA), who allowed one run and six hits, took the loss (6-2) for RIC.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference play at Western Connecticut on Tuesday, April 19 (5 p.m.).