April 6, 2013



Providence, R.I.-Senior second baseman Marisa Jandreau (Plainville, CT) went 4-for-6 with three runs scored and a triple, while junior center fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT) picked up two hits, knocked in five and scored a pair, as Rhode Island College swept a doubleheader from Plymouth State, 4-3 (8) and 11-3 (5) in Little East Conference action played at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex on Saturday afternoon.


Plymouth State (12-9, 2-2 LEC) saw a 10-game win streak come to an end in the losses.



 Senior second baseman Marisa Jandreau



The Anchorwomen (12-10, 4-0 LEC) took a 1-0 lead in bottom of the third in game one as freshman left fielder Katelyn McCaughey (Warwick, RI), Jandreau and sophomore shortstop Katelyn Sykora (Waterford, CT) each singled to load the bases with one out. Senior pitcher Emily Johnson (West Kingston, RI) came through with an RBI single to center field before PSU junior pitcher Nora Galvin (Windham, NH) retired the next two hitters.


The Panthers didn’t wait long to tie the game as junior shortstop Bekah Jackson (Nashua, NH) singled to center field and an error on the play allowed her to come all the way around to score.


RIC regained the advantage in the bottom of the sixth as sophomore third baseman Justina Thoma (Canterbury, CT) ripped a double over the center fielder’s head and came around to score on freshman right fielder Abigail Francis’ (Worcester, MA) RBI single to center field



 Senior pitcher/first baseman Emily Johnson


In the top of the seventh, PSU put runners on second and third after a walk, infield single and a sacrifice. After Johnson picked up a clutch strikeout, senior left fielder Jenn Bove (Medford, MA) staked the visitors to a 3-2 lead with a bloop two-run single that landed in right center field.


In the bottom of the inning, RIC loaded the bases with no outs on a McCaughey single, a senior first baseman Jessica Borden (Lincoln, RI) fielder’s choice and a Jandreau walk. Sykora brought in McCaughey with the tying run on an infield RBI single to shortstop. The Anchorwomen were poised to end the game, but Galvin got Johnson to line into a double play and strike out Thoma to force extra innings.


Francis walked to start the eighth and was sacrificed to second before McCaughey was intentionally walked. Borden followed with a single to load the bases with one down. With Jandreau up, McCaughey came home with the winning run on a Panther error.



 Sophomore third baseman Justina Thoma


Johnson picked up the win (6-2), allowing three runs on seven hits, while striking out nine. Galvin took the loss (4-5), surrendering just two earned runs on 11 hits to go along with eight strikeouts.


The Anchorwomen struck for single runs in both the first and second innings of game two to take a 2-0 lead. Jandreau smacked a one-out triple to center field in the opening frame and then scored on a wild pitch. In the second, freshman catcher Tori Lussier (North Franklin, CT) reached on an error and later scored on a Borden RBI single.


RIC broke the game open with five runs in the third to open up a 7-0 lead. With runners on second and third and nobody out, Johnson started the outburst with an RBI single to center field. Pokora brought in another with an RBI fielder’s choice and Thoma followed with a three-run homer (1).


The Panthers came right back in the top of the fourth as freshman third baseman Vanessa Przybylo (Queensbury, NY) singled and junior first baseman Taylor Mancini (Gansevoort, NY) doubled to put runners on second and third with no outs. Borden induced a pop-up for the first out, but Bove brought in one on an RBI fielder’s choice. Jackson was credited with an RBI on a ground out to second and senior second baseman Calli DeGrace (Plymouth, NH) smacked an RBI single.



 Junior center fielder Stacy Pokora


The Anchorwomen left no doubt and helped end the game early with a four-run fourth. Borden reached with a bunt single, Jandreau singled to center and Sykora walked to load the bases. The Panthers threw out Borden at the plate as Johnson reached on a fielder’s choice, but Pokora dealt the lethal blow with a grand slam homer (5) to right field.


Borden picked up the win (3-1), allowing three runs on five hits, while striking out four. PSU sophomore Whitney Roberts (Chocorua, NH) was saddled with the loss (0-1), allowing four runs on seven hits in 2.2 innings. Sophomore Cynthia Barata (New Fairfield, CT) surrendered six runs on four hits and senior Ali Keith (Northfield, NH) appeared in relief.


Sykora (3-for-5), McCaughey (3-for-5), Johnson (3-for-7), Pokora (2-for-6) and Thoma (2-for-6) all had multiple hits and scored a pair of runs on the day. Thoma finished with three RBI.


Barata (2-for-5), freshman right fielder Shirley Butterfield (Atkinson, NH) (2-for-6) and Jackson (2-for-7) picked up multiple hits for the visitors. Bove led the way with three RBI for the Panthers.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Salve Regina (DH) on Tuesday, April 9 (4 p.m.).