May 14, 2011



Providence, RI-Rhode Island College advanced to the final day of competition in a 2-1 (eight innings) walk-off win over Coast Guard in game 12 at the Providence Regional of the 2011 NCAA Div. III Softball Championship played at Rhode Island College’s Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex.


The Anchorwomen (36-12) advance to face St. Joseph’s (ME) tomorrow in an elimination game (10 a.m.) The Bears (38-4) are eliminated from the tournament and end their season. The winner of tomorrow’s contest will face Eastern Connecticut in the Championship Game (noon).



 Sophomore second baseman Marisa Jandreau


With one out in the bottom of the eighth, sophomore second baseman Marisa Jandreau (Plainville, CT) lined a single to right field that was misplayed and allowed her to reach third base. Senior shortstop Donielle Mattoon (Coventry, RI) smacked a grounder to first base that was also booted and allowed Jandreau to trot home with the walk-off game-winning run.


Coast Guard took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as freshman shortstop Devin Fellman (New Port Richey, FL) led off with a single up the middle. Junior first baseman Maddie Buchert (Metairie, LA) was walked and the pair moved up to scoring position on a wild pitch by RIC senior starter Amanda Berard (Swansea, MA). Fellman crossed the plate with the game’s first run as senior catcher Amanda Fredericks (Lebanon, OH) ground ball was misplayed. Coast Guard loaded the bases, but Berard got out of the inning without any further damage.


Senior first baseman Chelsi Panarelli (Shrewsbury, MA) hit a one out single and advanced to second on a ground out by sophomore right fielder Kristina Gingell (Pascoag, RI). Panarelli then scored on a double to deep center field by junior third baseman Cristina Bailey (Londonderry, NH), knotting the game at 1-1.


RIC threatened to take the lead in the home half of the fifth as freshman left fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT) double to the left field corner with one away. She moved over to third on a ground out, but was stranded as Coast Guard junior pitcher Hayley Feindel (River Ridge, LA) forced an inning-ending grounder.



 Senior pitcher Amanda Berard


In the bottom of the sixth, Mattoon hit a flare out to right field to lead off the frame. Panarelli sacrificed her over to second and Feindel’s Achilles heel-an illegal pitch once again- moved her to third. After a pop out to second, Feindel got Bailey to line out to center field to end the threat.


Berard was masterful in earning her 16th win (16-6). She allowed one unearned run on three hits, while striking out three in eight innings of work. Berard set down 15 straight Bears at one point during the contest.


Feindel (37-4) allowed one earned run on six hits to go along with six strikeouts in 7.1 innings of work.