April 9, 2013



Providence, R.I.-Senior second baseman Marisa Jandreau (Plainville, CT) belted her first collegiate home run and added three RBI to help the Rhode Island College softball team salvage a split of Tuesday night’s non-conference doubleheader with Salve Regina at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex.


Salve Regina (16-10) picked up the win in the first contest, 4-3, while Rhode Island College (13-11) bounced back with an 8-3 victory in the second game.



 Senior outfielder Jessica Borden


The Seahawks opened up the first tilt by scratching runs in the first, third and fourth inning to take a 3-0 lead. After scoring on a dropped third strike in the first frame, senior shortstop Allie Muehlbronner (Glenside, PA) knocked in the second run of the game in the top of the third after lofting a sacrifice fly to deep center field that plated sophomore designated player Lauren Nicholson (Cape Elizabeth, ME). Junior third baseman Marissa Simpson (Brimfield, MA) then put the visitors up by three after scoring on an error in the top of the fourth.


The Anchorwomen began to chip away at the deficit in the bottom of the fourth as junior first baseman Maria Darling (Ansonia, CT) ripped an RBI double to center field that plated Jandreau, who opened the frame with a single to center field.


With her team trailing by two, senior right fielder Jessica Borden (Lincoln, RI) tied the game at three in the bottom of the fifth inning with a towering two-run homer (1) off the right field foul pole that scored freshman designated player Shannon Laiho (West Greenwich, RI).



 Sophomore shortstop Katelyn Sykora


However, after a quiet sixth inning, Salve Regina answered back with a run in the top of the seventh to jump ahead by one, 4-3, after senior pitcher Jen Cruver (North Haven, CT) knocked in what proved to be the game-winning run with an RBI single to center field.


Meanwhile, Cruver was able to get out of a jam in the bottom of the seventh to shut down Rhode Island College in the final frame and earn the complete game victory. The right-hander conceded just three runs on 10 hits and one walk, while striking out two.


Freshman pitcher Katelyn McCaughey (Warwick, RI) suffered the loss, despite going the distance for the Anchorwomen. The right-hander scattered four runs (three earned) on seven hits and one walk, while striking out three.


Cruver went the distance once again for the Seahawks in the second game of the day, en route to her 22nd complete game of the year. However, it came in a losing effort, as the Anchorwomen poured on six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to storm away with the, 8-3, victory.


RIC took an early, 1-0, lead in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a solo home run from Jandreau (1), and followed with another run in the second after an RBI single from freshman left fielder Abigail Francis (Worcester, MA) plated junior center fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT).


Salve Regina responded with a run in the top of the fourth inning to pull within one after a sacrifice fly from junior left fielder Sara Nelson (Bristol, CT) scored senior catcher Megan Jakiela (Meriden, CT). The Seahawks then tacked on two more runs in the top of the sixth inning following a two-run double from Cruver that knocked in both Nicholson and Nelson and gave the visitors a 3-2 lead.


Trailing by a run, the Anchorwomen opened the floodgates in the bottom of the sixth to pull away with a commanding five-run lead over the Seahawks. RIC tallied nine singles in the inning and batted around the order, while sophomore shortstop Katelyn Sykora (Waterford, CT) had two hits in the frame. A two-run single from Jandreau highlighted the scoring onslaught with two outs in the inning, while sophomore third baseman Justina Thoma (Canterbury, CT) knocked in freshman pinch runner Shannan Orwitz (West Greenwich, RI) for what proved to be the game-winning run with an RBI single early in the frame.


McCaughey picked up her first career win (1-5) in relief after allowing just one walk in 1.2 scoreless innings. RIC junior starting pitcher Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) was solid through 4.2 innings, allowing just one run on five hits and two walks, while striking out a pair.


Cruver was tagged with the loss in the second game and fell to 16-10 on the season.


Borden paced the Anchorwomen offensively as she went 4-for-7 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored, while Sykora added four hits, a run scored and a stolen base in the win. Jandreau chipped in with a trio of hits, including her first home run of the season, to go along with three RBI and two runs scored.


Cruver led Salve Regina at the dish with four hits and three RBI, while Muehlbronner and Nelson each recorded a pair of hits and one RBI as well.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host the University of New England on Thursday, Apr. 12 (4 p.m.).