March 27, 2012



Norton, Mass.-Sophomore center fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT) went 4-for-8 with three runs scored, a homer and two RBI, while junior pitcher Emily Johnson (West Kingston, RI) and freshman Jessica Borden (Lincoln, RI) hurled complete game victories, as the Rhode Island College softball team swept a doubleheader from Wheaton, 5-4, 6-5, at Clark Field on Tuesday afternoon.


The Anchorwomen (7-2) were playing for the first time in two weeks and have won seven of their last eight. Wheaton drops to 8-10 with the losses.


In game one, RIC battled back with a run in both the second and third frames to overcome a first inning, 2-0, deficit and tie the game at two. Johnson, who was playing first base, homered and freshman shortstop Katelyn Sykora (Waterford, CT) came home on an error.



 Sophomore center fielder Stacy Pokora


After sophomore infielder Ashley Brillon (Attleboro, MA) singled in a run to give the Lyons the lead, the Anchorwomen once again tied the game, 3-3, in the top of the fifth as junior second baseman Marisa Jandreau (Plainville, CT) contributed an RBI single. Yet, the Lyons immediately regained the lead, 4-3, in the home half of the frame after a solo home run from junior outfielder Alanna Monahan (Dorchester, MA).


In the top of the seventh, the visitors put runners on second and third with one out and Jandreau bunted in the tying run. Pokora then knocked in the winning run on an RBI ground out. Borden slammed the door in the Lyons’ final at-bat, working a 1-2-3 seventh.


Borden (4-0) allowed four runs on three hits and struck out six to remain undefeated in her rookie season.


 Freshman pitcher Noelle Christmas (Plymouth, MA) allowed three hits and three runs (two earned) with four strikeouts in six innings of work for Wheaton. Sophomore pitcher Allison Baker (Orange, CT) came on to pitch the seventh and was tagged with the loss after surrendering two runs (one earned) on one hit.


In game two, Rhode Island College built a 4-1 lead, thanks in part to a three-run third inning. Junior right fielder Kristina Gingell (Pascoag, RI) knocked in two with a single, while Johnson brought in another with an RBI single.



 Junior pitcher Emily Johnson


In the fourth, RIC added another run as freshman left fielder Taylor Nelson (Wareham, MA) picked up an RBI with an infield single. Sophomore infielder Jenna Rocha (Rehoboth, MA) belted her third home run of the season for the Lyons in the fifth, and junior outfielder Renee Laflam (Concord, NH) lifted a home run over the left field fence in the sixth to cut the deficit to one. However, Pokora belted a one-out homer to center field to make it, 6-4, in the seventh.


Wheaton pushed across a run in the home half of the seventh after Laflam singled in junior outfielder Amanda Drury (Tolland, CT) with two outs, but Johnson got a clutch strikeout with the potential tying run on second to close out the frame and thwart the rally.


Johnson (3-2) allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits to go along with seven strikeouts in seven innings of work. In two games, she went 3-for-5 with a run scored, a homer and two RBI. Christmas suffered the loss in game two, allowing seven hits and four runs in three innings of work.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at Worcester State (DH) on Thursday, March 29 (4 p.m.).