April 11, 2012



Wellesley, Mass.-Junior right fielder Kristina Gingell (Pascoag, RI) went 4-for-6, but the Rhode Island College softball team dropped a pair of games, 5-4, 2-0, to Wellesley on Wednesday afternoon.


Rhode Island College (11-8) sees its modest four-game win streak come to an end in the losses. The Blue improve to 11-13 on the season.


For Wellesley, junior Mara Blesoff hit a walk-off double in game one, while junior Sarah Schwartzmeyer fired a four-hit shutout in game two.


In game one, the Blue took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Maria LaBouyer got things started with a solo shot to dead center, her third round-tripper of the season. Jayne Ellis and Kimberly Cabral followed with singles, with Ellis scoring on a throwing error. Cabral then scored on a single off the bat of Lindsay Johnson, accounting for the third Wellesley run.


RIC battled back, with three runs in the top of the fourth. Freshman designated player Nicole Guggino (Brookhaven, NY) led off with a single through the left side before Gingell reached on an infield hit. Freshman third baseman Justina Thoma (Canterbury, CT) then knotted the game at 3-3, with a three-run blast over the left field fence.


The Anchorwomen took the lead in the top of the seventh, as a two-strike, two-out single from sophomore center fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT) put RIC on top 4-3. Freshman shortstop Katelyn Sykora (Waterford, CT) led off the inning with a single up the middle and was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from freshman left fielder Taylor Nelson (Wareham, MA). Sykora moved up to third on a passed ball before Wellesley hurler Lauren Goldfarb forced a ground out for the second out of the inning. Then, with a 2-2 count and two outs, Porkora laced a deep single to right to score Sykora for the go-ahead run. Goldfarb struck out the next hitter, preserving the one-run deficit.


Wellesley put the game away in the bottom of the seventh with its second walk-off hit in as many games. Pinch hitter Mariah Philips led off the inning with an infield single. After a failed sacrifice bunt, LaBouyer singled through the right side to put runners on first and second with one out. Blesoff then drilled a pitch to the right center field fence, doubling home the game-tying and game-winning runs.


LaBouyer finished 2-3 with two runs, two hits and an RBI, while Blesoff was 2-4. Cabral was 2-2 with a walk. Goldfarb picked up the win for the Blue, throwing all seven innings, allowing four runs on nine hits. She struck out four and walked one.


RIC was paced by Thoma's two hits, which included the three-run home run. Gingell added two hits, while Porkora drove in the other run for the Anchorwomen. In the circle, junior Emily Johnson (West Kingston, RI) pitched the first three innings, allowing three runs on six hits before leaving with an injury. Junior pitcher Jessica Borden (Lincoln, RI) was the pitcher of record, suffering the loss after throwing three innings and giving up two runs on four hits.


In game two, Wellesley scored solo runs in the bottom of the fourth and the fifth innings, and it was all the offense the team would need as Schwartzmeyer tossed her second shutout of the season. She threw all seven innings, allowing just four hits, while striking out eight and walking one.  


The Blue got their first run in the bottom of the fourth, as singles from Philips and Elizabeth Murphy and a walk from Emilyrose Havrilla loaded the bases. Jennifer Migliore was then hit by a pitch, scoring Philips for the 1-0 advantage.


In the bottom of the sixth, Wellesley’s Ellis recorded her third home run of the season, a solo shot to center field, which put the Blue up, 2-0. Schwartzmeyer took care of the rest, recording three strikeouts over the next two innings to seal the victory.


Philips led the Blue at the plate with two hits, while five other Wellesley players added singles. For RIC, Gingell picked up two hits to lead the offense. Borden pitched well, despite being saddled with the loss. She tossed six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East Conference action with a doubleheader at Southern Maine on Saturday, April 14 (1 p.m.).