April 14, 2012


Johnson & Borden Power Strong Pitching Performance

Gorham, Maine-Juniors Emily Johnson (West Kingston, RI) and Jessica Borden (Lincoln, RI) each fired solid games in the pitching circle to lead Rhode Island College to a sweep of the University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference softball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Towers Field.


Johnson (6-4) led RIC to a 9-1 (five innings) win over the Huskies in the opener, while Borden (7-4) picked up the, 6-2, win in the second game.


The pair of wins stops a two-game slide for the Anchorwomen who improve to 13-8 overall and 4-0 in the Little East. Southern Maine falls to 1-23 and 1-3 in the conference.


Junior second baseman Marisa Jandreau (Plainville, CT) went 3-for-6 with a pair of RBI and runs scored to help bolster the RIC offense, while junior right fielder Kristina Gingell (Pascoag, RI) went 3-for-7 with two RBI and three runs scored.



 Junior second baseman Marisa Jandreau


Johnson held the Huskies to just two hits in five innings with three strikeouts. Ahead by 1-0 through three innings, the Anchorwomen plated seven runs on seven hits, which included three doubles, to seize control of the game in the top of the fourth.


Johnson helped her own cause with a leadoff double and then came around to score on an RBI single from Gingell to start the seven-run onslaught. Johnson capped off the inning by driving in the Anchorwomenís seventh run with an RBI sacrifice fly to left field.


RIC tacked on another run in the top of the fifth to post a 9-0 lead. Freshman designated player Monica Koehler (Barrington, RI) reached on a one-out double to center field, RICís fourth two-bagger of the game, and then stole third base. Moments later, Koehler came around to score on a wild pitch.


The Huskies broke up Johnsonís shutout bid in the bottom of the fifth as USM senior shortstop Kaylie DeMillo (Jay, ME) came around to score on a throwing error after reaching safely on a walk. DeMillo was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from junior right fielder Cara Radino (Franklin, NJ). 


In the second game, RIC rallied from a 2-1 deficit to seal the sweep. Trailing, 2-1, through three innings, RIC pulled even with USM with a run in the top of the fourth. The Anchorwomen took the lead in the top of the sixth with another run, before shutting the door on the game with three runs in the top of the seventh.


Behind 1-0, the Huskies took the lead in the bottom of the second on an RBI single from sophomore second baseman Annie Mitchell (Gorham, ME. Mitchell drove in the Huskiesí first run with slap bunt that snuck through the RIC defense to score freshman left fielder Kristen Duross (Saco, ME). Duross reached safely with a double to right-center field.


The Huskies went ahead after Mitchell stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch, before a DeMillo walk and delayed steal and run-down led to a Mitchell run. RIC tied the score in the fourth after capitalizing on a Husky error. With two outs, Koehler singled up the middle and then stole second base. Koehler then scored the game-tying run on a Huskiesí infield miscue.


In the sixth, RIC used three hits and another USM defensive misplay to tack on an extra run. After reaching with a single to left field, Gingell plated the go-ahead run on a dropped fly ball.


Borden earned the win for the Anchorwomen, firing seven innings and allowing just three hits. She had two walks and two strikeouts for RI


Koehler went 3-for-7 with a pair of doubles, three RBI and two runs scored on the day, while sophomore center fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT) finished 3-for-7 with an RBI and a run scored.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College hosts Western Connecticut on Wednesday, April 18 in a Little East Conference doubleheader (5:00 p.m.).