May 15, 2011



Providence, RI-Rhode Island College won its third elimination game in just over 24 hours with a 7-4 victory over St. Joseph’s (ME) to advance to the championship round at the Providence Regional of the 2011 NCAA Div. III Softball Championship played at RIC’s Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex.


The Anchorwomen (37-12) move on to face Eastern Connecticut in the Championship Game (noon). Rhode Island College will have to beat the Warriors twice, who are unbeaten at the regional, in order to reach the National Championship Round. If RIC secures a victory against Eastern, it will force a decisive title game to be played on Monday, May 16 (10 a.m.). RIC has lost its last seven matchups with Eastern.



 Senior catcher Kayla Jandreau


The two Little East Conference foes have met four times in the 2011 season, with Eastern Connecticut winning each time. Rhode Island College will look to rebound from the, 11-0, loss to Eastern Connecticut in Friday’s game seven, which necessitated the Anchorwomen’s journey through the loser’s bracket. St. Joseph’s (37-10) is eliminated from the regional and completes its season.


The Anchorwomen broke through against St. Joseph’s junior pitcher Maddie Kluna (Standish, ME) in the top of the third. Senior designated player Laura DeNoncour (Johnston, RI) reached on an error and was lifted for junior pinch runner Jaci Lata (Lisbon, NH). After a sacrifice moved Lata up into scoring position, Kluna got freshman left fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT) to fly out to center field. Senior catcher Kayla Jandreau (Plainville, CT), who missed almost the entire game in yesterday’s victory over Coast Guard, returned to action and belted a two-run homer (3) over the left field fence.


The Anchorwomen weren’t finished as sophomore second baseman Marisa Jandreau (Plainville, CT) reached on an infield single and senior Donielle Mattoon (Coventry, RI) walked to put runners on first and second. Senior first baseman Chelsi Panarelli (Shrewsbury, MA) singled down the left field line, and Jandreau who was running hard with two outs, scored from second to make it 3-0.


RIC senior starter Amanda Berard (Swansea, MA) pitched 3.2 innings of scoreless softball, until the fourth when freshman designated player Jill Howard (Rochester, NH) singled up the middle. Berard was one strike away from ending the threat, but senior first baseman Alyssa Dunn (Standish, ME) homered (6) to make it a one-run, 3-2, ballgame.


In the sixth, RIC senior center fielder Amanda Perry (New Bedford, MA) and Pokora started the frame with back-to-back singles. Kayla Jandreau reached on a fielder’s choice, when St. Joseph’s attempt to cut down Pokora at second was misplayed. With the bases loaded, Marisa Jandreau knocked in Perry with an RBI groundout to shortstop. Mattoon followed with an aggressive sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher to plate Pokora and make it, 5-2.



 Sophomore right fielder Kristina Gingell


The Anchorwomen added what proved to be two key additional runs in the seventh as sophomore right fielder Kristina Gingell (Pascoag, RI) singled and eventually scored on an error. Pokora picked up an additional RBI with a single to center field and give RIC a 7-2 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh.


The Monks would not go quietly as Dunn led off with a single and sophomore third baseman Alyssa Tripp (Lovell, ME) belted her fourth homer of the year to left field and pull SJC within three runs, 7-4. Berard picked up two consecutive strikeouts, but the next two batters she faced reached on an error and an infield single. She then induced a game-inning fly out to left field.


Berard continued her impressive run through the latter half of the tournament, throwing her second consecutive complete game to earn the victory (17-6).  Berard went the full seven innings allowing only four runs on eight hits, to go along with five strikeouts. Berard, who has now pitched the last 19 innings played by her team, now holds a tournament-leading four wins. 


Kluna took the loss (14-5), allowing only one earned run and nine hits in six innings pitched.


Gingell went 3-for-4 with a run scored, while Pokora equaled her effort at the plate and chipped in with a run scored and an RBI.


Dunn was 3-for-3 with a run scored, a homer and two RBI.