May 13, 2011



Providence, RI-Eastern Connecticut defeated Little East Conference rival Rhode Island College, 11-0 (six innings), in game seven at the Providence Regional of the 2011 NCAA Div. III Softball Championship played at RIC’s Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex.


The Warriors (32-4) will face the winner of St. Joseph’s (ME) and Coast Guard (4 p.m.) on Saturday, May 14 (2 p.m.). The Anchorwomen (34-12) will face Endicott tomorrow morning (10 a.m.) in an elimination game.


Eastern Connecticut junior pitcher Molly Rathbun’s (Hebron, CT) recorded her second consecutive no-hitter, having blanked Husson, 7-0, yesterday morning, and was denied a perfect game only by an error in the second inning. She struck out five to stay undefeated (21-0) on the season. Rathbun has hurled 19 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to the Little East Conference Championship Game on May 7.


Eastern Connecticut struck the game’s first blow in the top of the first. Freshman shortstop Megan Godwin (Manchester, CT) led off with a walk, was sacrificed to second, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Rathbun’s RBI single to center field.


The Warriors erupted for five runs in the fifth to effectively seal the win. Godwin once again got on board to start the frame with a single to center field. Junior left fielder Priscilla Alicea (Stratford, CT) laid down a bunt single to put runners on first and second. Rathbun reached on a fielder’s choice as Godwin was erased at third.


Sophomore third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic, CT) and senior designated hitter Rachel Soychak (Mahopac, CT) followed with back-to-back RBI singles. Freshman left fielder Stephanie Johnson (Plantsville, CT) brought in an additional run on a fielder’s choice and a costly error on sophomore first baseman Kelly Paterson’s (Southington, CT) grounder to, which cost the Anchorwomen two more runs.


Rathbun picked up her second RBI of the day in the sixth as the Warriors put two aboard to start the frame and she delivered a hard liner to left field to bring in Godwin. Cooper lofted a single over shortstop to bring in Alicea.  Junior outfielder Rosie Manzo (Hudson, MA) picked up a two-run single and junior second baseman Christine Yeomans (Durham, CT) ended the scoring in the fifth with an RBI single to right field to stake the Warriors to an 11-0 lead.


Berard took the loss (14-6), allowing nine runs, four of which were earned, on 11 hits in five innings.


Cooper went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. Rathbun helped her own cause by going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a pair of RBI. Godwin went 2-for-3 and scored twice.