April 26, 2012



Providence, R.I.-Junior right fielder Kristina Gingell (Pascoag, RI) and freshman third baseman Justina Thoma (Canterbury, CT) each homered for the Rhode Island College softball team, but lost to No. 9 Tufts University, 4-3 and 10-3, in a non-conference doubleheader played at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex on Thursday evening.


Tufts improves to 30-4. Meanwhile, RIC drops to 17-14 on the year.


Both starting pitchers, RIC junior Jessica Borden (Lincoln, RI) and Tufts sophomore Lauren Giglio (Niskayuna, NY), cruised through the first three innings of game one unscathed. The Jumbos scratched out the first run of the game in the top of the fourth to take a 1-0 lead as sophomore right fielder Chrissie Massrey (San Juan Capistrano, CA), who opened the frame with a leadoff double, came around to score on a bunt single from sophomore left fielder Sara Hedtler (Wrentham, MA).



 Junior right fielder Kristina Gingell


The Anchorwomen bounced back in the bottom half of the inning after Gingell plated junior second baseman Marisa Jandreau (Plainville, CT) with an RBI single up the middle. Moments later, Thoma launched a two-run homer over the left field fence to give RIC a 3-1 lead, its only one of the day.


After senior center fielder Lizzy Iuppa (Paramus, NJ) led off the top of the fifth with a single, sophomore catcher Jo Clair (Glastonbury, CT) blasted an opposite field two-run homer off of the right field foul pole to tie the game at three.


In the sixth, the Jumbos tacked on the go-ahead run as an RBI fielderís choice scored Massrey, who had led off the frame with a single, to give Tufts a 4-3 lead.


Freshman pitcher Allyson Fournier (South Windsor, CT) came on to relieve Giglio and retired the final six batters in order to earn the save (3) and seal the victory for the Jumbos.


Giglio, who surrendered three runs on five hits, improved to 5-1 with the win, striking out seven and walking just two in five innings of work.



 Freshman third baseman Justina Thoma


Borden picked up the loss, falling to 9-7 on the year. She scattered four runs on 10 hits, while walking three and striking out three.


In game two, the Jumbos jumped out to an early, 1-0, lead in the top of the first after Clair singled to right field and brought in Hedtler, who opened the inning with a bunt single.


After both offenses went quietly in the second and third innings, Tufts added another run in the top of the fourth as an RBI double from junior second baseman Emily Beinecke (Concord, MA) plated senior first baseman Lena Cantone (Southington, CT) and gave the visitors a 2-0 advantage.


The Anchorwomen slowly worked to chip away at the deficit as Thoma and Borden opened the bottom of the fifth inning with back-to-back singles. Borden would eventually come around to score on a Tufts error, pulling the hosts within one.


Tufts answered right back in the top of the sixth with three runs of their own to take a 5-1 lead. After senior third baseman Katherine Darveau (Reading, MA) singled to knock in Beinecke, Massrey scored on a bases loaded walk, which was followed by an RBI single from Hedtler that plated freshman right fielder Michelle Cooprider (Hopkinton, MA) and put the Jumbos up by four, 5-1.


After a single from junior pitcher Emily Johnson (West Kingston, RI) in the sixth, Gingell belted a two-run homer over the left field fence, the first of her career, to cut the RIC deficit to just two, 5-3.


However, Tufts exploded for five runs in the top of the seventh to doom the Anchorwomen. Clair doubled to lead off the frame, which was followed by an RBI double from Cantone. After Beinecke walked to put runners on first and second, Massrey laced a double to score a pair of runs. Moments later, Cooprider ripped a two-run triple to round out the scoring.


Fournier earned the win and improved her record to a perfect 14-0. She struck out five and walked none, while allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits.


Johnson was tagged with the loss, dropping her to 8-7 on the year.


Gingell finished 2-for-6 with a homer, three RBI and two runs scored to lead RICís offense, while Thoma went 2-for-6 with a homer, two RBI and a run scored. Jandreau, freshman left fielder Taylor Nelson (Wareham, MA) and sophomore center fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT) each finished with multiple hits as well.


Clair went 4-for-6 with a double, a homer, three RBI and two runs scored to lead the Jumbos, while Hedtler finished with five hits, two RBI and a run scored. Massrey went 3-for-7 with two doubles, an RBI and four runs scored, while Beinecke went 2-for-7 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East Conference action at Plymouth State on Saturday, April 28 (2 p.m.).