April 21, 2012


RIC Drops to 6-2 & Second Place;
Tomorrow's DH Postponed

Willimantic, Conn.-Junior pitcher/first baseman Emily Johnson (West Kingston, RI) and freshman left fielder Taylor Nelson (Wareham, MA) each had two hits on the day, but Rhode Island College was swept by first place Eastern Connecticut in Little East Conference softball action played at the Eastern Softball Stadium on Saturday afternoon.


The Anchorwomen (15-12, 6-2 LEC) lost, 8-0 (six innings) and 7-2 to the Warriors (31-1, 10-0 LEC). Due to the impending inclement weather, Rhode Island College's two games scheduled for Sunday afternoon against rival Keene State have been postponed to Sunday, April 29 (4 p.m.).


Johnson went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI, while taking the loss (7-6) in game two. She allowed seven runs on eight hits to go along with three walks and two strikeouts in six innings of work.


Nelson went 2-for-6 with a run scored. Junior pitcher Jessica Borden (Lincoln, RI) took the loss (8-6) in game one, allowing eight runs on eight hits to go along with five walks and two punchouts in 5.1 innings of work.


Eastern's All-American pitcher Molly Rathbun (Hebron, CT) picked up both wins (20-1). She also went 2-for-4 from the dish with a run scored, a double, home run and three RBI. Senior right fielder Priscilla Alicea (Stratford, CT) went 4-fo.r-7 with three runs scored, two doubles and four RBI


Rathbun won her 19th straight pitching decision, extended her hitting streak to 18 and junior third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic, CT) extended her program-record hitting streak to 23 as the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team remained undefeated in the Little East Conference with their 29th and 30th straight overall wins.


Ranked No. 3 nationally and No. 1 in New England, Eastern won the battle of undefeated LEC teams by defeating Rhode Island College for the 10th time in the last 11 meetings between the programs. Eastern is 36-2 in its last 38 LEC regular-season games


Rathbun pitched a complete-game one-hitter in the opener with eight strikeouts and no walks in the first game, and retired all 15 batter that she faced to pick up the second-game win in relief of junior starter Kassondra Silva (Hamden). Rathbun fanned 11 in 11 innings on the day to move to within four of her 1,000th career strikeout. She extended her consecutive inning streak without allowing an earned run to 42.2 innings, 9.1 shy of her program record. She has allowed earned runs in only three of 27 appearances this season.


Rathbun extended her hitting streak with a two-run home run in the first game and a third-inning double in the nightcap for her only hits of the day. Cooper  had two singles in the opener and contributed a two-run single in the second game to prolong her record hitting streak.


Johnson had Rhode Islandís only hit of the first game Ė a two-strike opposite-field single down the right field line leading off the second inning in game one. Nelson recorded two of her teamís four hits in the second game, reaching on an infield hit and scoring in the third on junior second baseman Marisa Jandreauís (Plainville, CT) single to tie the game 2-2.


The Warriors broke the 2-2 tie in the second game by scoring twice in the fourth and three times in the sixth. Cooperís two-out single made it 4-2 in the fourth and junior first baseman Kelly Paterson (Southington, CT) singled in the first run of the sixth and Alicea doubled in the


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference play at UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday, April 24 (3:30 p.m.).