March 28, 2013



Providence, R.I.-Senior right-hander Jessica Borden (Lincoln, RI) was brilliant in the pitching circle, scattering just two runs on seven hits and one walk through nine innings to help Rhode Island College split a doubleheader with Worcester State at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex in non-conference action on Thursday.


Worcester State (6-5) took the first game, 6-4, before falling to Rhode Island College (8-6) in the nightcap, 6-2.


After back-to-back scoreless innings from RIC freshman right-hander Katelyn McCaughey (Warwick, RI) and WSU freshman right-hander Meghan Rich (Chelmsford, MA), the visiting Lancers tacked on the first run of the game in the top of the third when a sacrifice fly from freshman second baseman Hayley Terry (North Dighton, MA) plated senior first baseman/pitcher Kylene Pease (Ashland, MA).  


Worcester State soon added three more runs in the top of the fifth to extend its lead to four, keyed by a two-run triple off the bat of Terry.



 Senior pitcher Jessica Borden


In the top of the sixth, the Lancers added two more runs early in the frame to go ahead, 6-0, spearheaded by a two-run double from Pease. However, with WSU threatening to increase its lead, Borden came out of the bullpen and recorded three straight outs to halt the Lancers’ rally.   


After finally getting on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth thanks to an RBI single from junior first baseman Maria Darling (Ansonia, CT) that scored sophomore shortstop Katelyn Sykora (Waterford, CT), the Anchorwomen bats came alive in the bottom of the seventh in an attempt to complete the comeback.


Following a one-out single by sophomore third baseman Justina Thoma (Canterbury, CT), freshman designated player Shannon Laiho (West Greenwich, RI) ripped a triple into right-center field that scored Thoma and pulled RIC within four. Laiho would score later in the inning on a passed ball.


With two outs in the frame, senior second baseman Marisa Jandreau (Plainville, CT) laced a double to center field that scored Sykora, who had reached on a dropped third strike, and cut the deficit to just two runs, 6-4. However, Pease, who came on in relief of Rich, settled down and retired the final batter to seal the victory for the Lancers.



 Sophomore shortstop Katelyn Sykora


Rich (2-2) earned the win for Lancers, allowing just one run on six hits in six innings, while striking out six. McCaughey (0-2) was tagged with the loss for RIC.


Borden was nearly perfect through two innings of relief, giving up just one walk and striking out two along the way.


Worcester State again struck first in the second half of Thursday’s doubleheader, plating a pair of runs in the top of the first inning to go ahead early, 2-0. The two-out rally began when sophomore right fielder Taylor Hanley (Wilmington, MA) lifted a pop-up to left side of the infield that fell in for a hit. Senior shortstop Allie Lamoureux (East Brookfield, MA) followed with a triple down the right field line to score Hanley and tacked on the first run of the game. Moments later, Lamoureux scored on a wild pitch to extend WSU’s lead to two.


Rhode Island College answered back in the bottom of the second to cut the lead in half after junior center fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT) smacked a one-out double to center field and eventually came around to score on a Worcester State error.


Trailing by a run in the fourth inning, the Anchorwomen exploded offensively in the bottom half of the frame to take control of the game. Freshman left fielder Abigail Francis (Worcester, MA) smoked a line drive into left field to score sophomore designated player Carli Matrisian (Milford, CT) for the first run of the inning, while Thoma followed with an RBI single to center field that scored Pokora and gave RIC a 3-2 lead.


Moments later, Sykora stepped in and blasted a bases-clearing, three-run double into center field that scored McCaughey, Darling and Thoma and gave the Anchorwomen a 6-2 advantage.


Meanwhile, Borden was masterful in the second game, keeping the Lancers off the scoreboard for the final six innings of the contest after surrendering a pair of runs in the first. She finished with her first complete game of the season and conceded no walks and just seven hits, while striking out two in the win (1-1).


Sophomore right-hander Katie Roy (Worcester, MA) recorded the loss (2-1) for Worcester State.


Thoma paced the RIC offense with a 4-for-6 performance on the day that included an RBI and two runs scored, while Pokora went 3-for-6 with a double, a stolen base and two runs scored. Jandreau finished 3-for-7 on the day with a double and an RBI, while Sykora added a pair of hits, including a double, three RBI, a stolen base and two runs scored.


Hanley went 4-for-6 with two runs scored to lead the Lancers, while Pease finished 3-for-6 with a doubles, two RBI and a run scored. Lamoureux added a 3-for-7 performance at the dish with a triple, an RBI, and two runs scored.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will open Little East Conference play at home against Southern Maine on Saturday, March 30 (1 p.m.).