April 30, 2011


Anchorwomen Close Out Regular Season Tomorrow at WestConn

Boston, Mass.-The Rhode Island College softball team swept a doubleheader from UMass Boston at the Clark Athletic Center, taking game one, 7-2, and the nightcap, 2-1, to raise their over all record to 30-7. It is the fifth time in the last six years that the program has reached the 30-win milestone.


The Anchorwomen travel to Western Connecticut tomorrow afternoon (1 p.m.) for a doubleheader that will close out the regular season. Eastern Connecticut clinched the Little East Regular Season Championship (13-1) with a sweep of Keene State earlier today, but is unable to host the upcoming 2011 Little East Conference Tournament, which begins on Thursday, May 5.


RIC, currently 9-3 in the league, needs just one win tomorrow to sew up the second seed and the right to host the tournament. It would be the fifth time in seven seasons that the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex would host the conference championship.


 Senior Amanda Berard (Swansea, MA) won game one, while junior Kyla Puccini (North Dighton, MA) earned the victory in game two. Senior catcher Kayla Jandreau (Plainville, CT) went 4-for-7 in the twinbill, leading six Anchorwomen who had a multiple hit afternoon.



Senior pitcher Amanda Berard 


 UMB falls to 21-13 overall and 5-7 in the LEC.


 In game one, the Anchorwomen jumped out to an early 3-0 by plating three unearned runs in the second inning following two UMass Boston miscues. An RBI single by senior shortstop Donielle Mattoon (Coventry, RI) accounted for the third RIC run in the frame.


 The Anchorwomen would add four more runs in the top of the fifth to break the game open. Junior third baseman Cristina Bailey (Londonderry, NH) led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior center fielder Amanda Perry (New Bedford, MA). Junior right fielder Jaci Lata (Lisbon, NH) drew a walk to put two on for sophomore designated player Emily Johnson (West Kingston, RI) who delivered the big blow with a two-RBI double to deep center field, plating Perry and Lata to make it 5-0. Next up, freshman left fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT) laced a double down the left field line to drive in Johnson for the 6-0 RIC margin. Pokora would score the final run of the inning on an RBI single to centerfield by Jandreau to account for the visitorís 7-0 lead.


 Sophomore catcher Sue Killilea (Abington, MA) finished the game going 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the way for the Beacons while Jandreau also had a 3-for-4 showing at the plate for the Anchorwomen.


 On the mound for the Anchorwomen, senior Berard overpowered the Beacons for much of the afternoon, going the distance and allowing just the two runs on eight hits, while striking out 10, in the win to improve to 11-3 on the year. Senior southpaw Emily Wolf (Salem, NH) suffered the loss for UMB and falls to 12-5 on the season.


 In game two, RIC got on the board quickly with a pair of runs in the first and never looked back. Mattoon scored the first Anchorwomen run on an RBI double by Bailey and came around to score on a single to left by Perry.


 The Beacons made some noise in the third as both Killilea and senior outfeilder Christina Polsonetti (Revere, MA) led off the inning with back-to-back singles, however, the Anchorwomen were able to escape the jam without surrendering a run to maintain the 2-0 advantage.


 UMass Boston would crack the scoring column in the fourth to make it a one-run game. Freshman right fielder Toni Scola (Worcester, MA) worked a one-out walk and moved over to third on a single by junior left fielder Jaci Goodwin (Melrose, MA). Killilea then delivered a two-out RBI single to right to make it a 2-1 game but the Anchorwomen were able to strand the tying run in Goodwin at third as Puccini was able to end the inning with a strikeout.


 Puccini was able to keep the Beacons at bay over the final two innings to preserve the 2-1 victory and improve to 10-2 on the season, scattering six hits while striking out seven in the win. For UMB, junior pitcher Katie Corey (Weymouth, MA) was the touch luck loser and falls to 8-8 on the year, allowing just two runs on six hits.