April 7, 2012


RIC Stops Four-Game Skid & Earns Two LEC Wins

Providence, R.I.-Sophomore center fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT) went 4-for-6 with three runs scored, a double, a homer (3) and two stolen bases, while junior pitchers Emily Johnson (West Kingston, RI) and Jessica Borden (Lincoln, RI) hurled complete game victories, as Rhode Island College swept a doubleheader from UMass Boston (4-1, 3-0) in Little East Conference action played at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex on Saturday.


The Anchorwomen (9-6, 2-0 LEC) stopped a four-game losing skid, while also snapping the Beacons’ (10-9, 1-3 LEC) four-game win streak, with the back-to-back league victories.



 Sophomore center fielder Stacy Pokora


In game one, UMass Boston put runners on second and third with two down and senior first baseman Lisa Polsonetti (Revere, MA) trotted home on a wild pitch. The lead would prove to be the Beacons only one of the day and it was short-lived.


In the bottom of the first, the hosts struck for two runs as junior right fielder Kristina Gingell (Pascoag, RI) singled, was sacrificed to second and moved over to third on a Pokora single to center field. Pokora stole her first bag of the day to put runners on second and third, and Johnson brought in Gingell with an opposite field sacrifice fly to right field. Pokora moved up to third on the play and later scored on a passed ball.


The Anchorwomen added insurance runs in the third as freshman left fielder Taylor Nelson (Wareham, MA) singled and moved up to second on a ground out. With two down, Pokora doubled to deep center to bring in Nelson and later scored on a Johnson RBI single.


That would be all Johnson needed to secure her fourth win (4-4) of the year. She allowed the lone run on five hits, while striking out one and walking two, in seven innings of work. UMB freshman pitcher Michelle Zullo (Everett, MA) took the loss (6-3), allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits to go along with two punchouts in six innings.



 Junior pitcher Jessica Borden


In game two, Pokora staked the hosts to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with a two-out bomb that cleared the left center field fence.


In the third frame, Nelson helped manufacture a run as she led off with a walk, stole second and advanced to third when the throw sailed into center field. With one down, junior second baseman Missy Jandreau (Plainville, CT) singled through the right side to bring in the speedy outfielder. 


Jandreau practically repeated the same feat in the fifth as she singled, swiped second, moved over to third on a wild pitch and scored easily on a Pokora single to left.


Borden was masterful en route to her fifth victory (5-2), allowing just five hits, walking one and striking out a pair in the complete-game shutout effort, which was her first in an Anchorwoman uniform. Senior pitcher Kara Willis (Burrillville, RI) was saddled with the loss (4-5), as she surrendered three runs (two earned) on eight hits in six innings of work.


Jandreau was the only other Anchorwoman to record a multiple-hit effort, going 2-for-5 with a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base. Freshman shortstop Katelyn Sykora (Waterford, CT) turned in some nifty plays in the field, handling 15 chances flawlessly.


Polsonetti and sophomore center fielder Natalia Bouyea (East Longmeadow, MA) each went 2-for-6 in the twinbill for the Beacons. Senior third baseman Maria Nasta (Andover, MA) equaled Sykora’s fine performance in the field, handling 11 chances flawlessly at the hot corner.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play a doubleheader at Salve Regina on Tuesday, April 10 (4 p.m.).