April 27, 2011



Providence, RI-Senior catcher Kayla Jandreau (Plainville, CT) made Senior Day unforgettable, delivering a game-sealing grand slam in her final home, regular season at-bat. The Anchorwomen also took the first game in walk-off fashion to sweep UMass Dartmouth, 2-1 and 8-0, in a Little East Conference doubleheader played at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex on Wednesday afternoon.


After a narrow, 2-1, defeat in the first game, UMass Dartmouth (9-22, 1-11 Little East Conference) tried to stretch junior pitcher Brittany Eldridge (Raynham, MA) through the nightcap after she had already recorded a complete game. Eldridge earned the chance, allowing only two earned runs in her first nine-plus innings of work. 



 Seniors Amanda Perry, Chelsi Panarelli, Donielle Mattoon, Kayla Jandreau,
Amanda Berard & Laura DeNoncour were honored along with
their families prior to the game as part of Senior Day 2011.


But as Eldridge visibly fatigued during the fourth inning of the latter contest, the Anchorwomen (28-7, 7-3 LEC) quickly capitalized, scoring five runs before any outs were recorded. After back-to-back singles by junior third baseman Cristina Bailey (Londonderry, NH) and sophomore designated player Emily Johnson (West Kingston, RI), sophomore outfielder Kristina Gingell (Pascoag, RI) drove in Bailey with a single.  After a walk loaded the bases, Jandreau delivered the knockout blow with a deep drive over the left field fence to widen the lead to 8-0. The blast marked Jandreau's first career grand slam.


With the newfound potential for a run-rule victory, junior starting pitcher Kyla Puccini (North Dighton, MA) quickly slammed the door, retiring the Corsairs in order in the top of the fifth. Puccini (9-2) went all five innings for the win, allowing four hits and striking out four, in a walk-free performance. Eldridge (8-17) took losses in both games for the Corsairs.



 Senior catcher Kayla Jandreau


In the first game, the Corsairs gave the Anchorwomen fits, taking the game's initial lead, and keeping the game tied into the final frame. UMD scratched across a manufactured run in the top of the third when a fielding error with two outs allowed junior outfielder Elizabeth Mulready (Rockland, MA) to score. Mulready led off with a single, took second on a sacrifice and advanced to third on a ground out to the right side.


The Corsair lead was short lived, as the Anchorwomen evened the score in the bottom of the third on a two-out, RBI double by senior shortstop Donielle Mattoon (Coventry, RI). Mattoon also got the Anchorwomen on the board in the nightcap, driving in that game's first run with an RBI single. For the afternoon, she went 2-for-6 with a pair of RBI.


With the score tied at one entering the bottom of the seventh, the Anchorwomen came away with a walk-off victory in unusual but exciting fashion. Senior center fielder Amanda Perry (New Bedford, MA) led off with a clean single to center. Bailey, the next batter, put down a sacrifice bunt to third base, where it was routinely fielded. But no Corsair was at first base to field the throw, which found its way into right field. Perry dashed around the bases and scored to win the game as the shocked Corsairs departed the field.


Senior pitcher Amanda Berard (Swansea, MA) went the distance to claim victory (10-3). In seven innings of work, Berard allowed just one unearned run on four hits, while striking out six. Like Puccini in the nightcap, Berard did not allow any walks.


Including Berard and Mattoon, all six seniors were productive on Senior Day. Jandreau went 3-for-8 in the doubleheader, driving in five runs. Senior designated player Laura DeNoncour (Johnston, RI) played in the first game, stroking a single, and senior first baseman Chelsi Panarelli (Shrewsbury, MA) also collected a hit. Perry had one hit in each game. 


Offensively, the Corsairs were led by senior outfielder Michelle Conway (Burrillville, RI), who went 3-for-5 in the doubleheader. Mulready had a single in each game and finished 2-for-5.


The Anchorwomen return to action when they travel to UMass Boston for a Little East Conference doubleheader on Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m., before traveling to Western Connecticut on Sunday for a twinbill (1 p.m.) to close out the regular season.