April 25, 2013



Medford, Mass.-Senior first baseman Jessica Borden (Lincoln, RI) went 4-for-7 with a run scored and a double, but Rhode Island College lost both games of a doubleheader to seventh-ranked Tufts, 7-1, 11-3 (5), on Thursday afternoon at Spicer Field.


The Jumbos (32-3) pounded out 27 hits in the sweep. Tufts had 14 hits in game one, including three by sophomore left fielder Bri Keenan (Portsmouth, NH). Junior right fielder Sara Hedtler (Wrentham, MA), junior catcher Jo Clair (Glastonbury, CT), senior shortstop Emily Beinecke (Concord, MA) and sophomore designated player Gracie Marshall (Palo Alto, CA) had two hits apiece.


Rhode Island College led 1-0 in the top of the first after Borden led off with a single and scored on a double by junior center fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT). That would be the only run allowed by Tufts senior starter Rebecca DiBiase (Wellesley, MA). She earned her sixth win surrendering seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts in seven innings.



 Senior first baseman Jessica Borden


Tufts took the lead for good in the bottom of the first when Clair launched her ninth home run of the season, a two-run shot. Back-to-back RBI doubles by Keenan and sophomore first baseman Kris Parr (Austin, TX) helped make it 5-1 Jumbos in the third. Marshall's first career home run was part of a two-run fifth that completed the scoring.


Borden was 3-for-4 with a run atop RIC's batting order. Pokora finished 2-for-3 with an RBI. Junior pitcher Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) took the pitching loss, giving up eight hits and five runs in 2.1 innings. 


The Anchorwomen scored in the top of the first in game two as well. Senior second baseman Marisa Jandreau (Plainville, CT) hit a two-out single, moved to third on a single by Pokora and an error, and then scored on the throw back to the pitcher at the end of the play.


Tufts, who finished game two with 13 hits, tied the score in the bottom of the first. Hedtler led off with a double and scored on Beinecke's sac fly. The Jumbos then broke it open with six in the second. Beinecke's two-run double was the big hit, while Clair had an RBI double and scored, and sophomore center fielder Michelle Cooprider (Hopkinton, MA) singled home a run and scored.


Jumbo senior starter Aly Moskowitz (Westfield, NJ) retired the Anchorwomen 1-2-3 in the second and third innings, and soon was pitching with an 11-1 lead. Tufts scored four more in the bottom of the third as Clair doubled home a pair of runs and also scored. Keenan had an RBI single and scored in the frame.


After consecutive walks by Jandreau and Pokora to lead off the fourth, RIC made it 11-3 on a two-run single by sophomore third baseman Justina Thoma (Canterbury, CT) with no outs. However, Moskowitz retired the next three batters to limit the damage. Looking to avoid an eight-run defeat in the fifth, RIC loaded the bases including a double by Jandreau. Moskowitz got the final out on a grounder though and the game ended.


The first three batters for Tufts combined to go 6-for-9 with six runs and four RBI. Clair was 2-for-2 with three RBI and two runs in the third spot. Hedtler finished 2-for-4 with two runs in the lead-off spot. Cooprider, batting second, went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Marshall and first-year second baseman Abby Curran (Hamilton, MA) also had two hits.


Jandreau had two of RIC's five hits and scored two runs in the nightcap. Freshman starting pitcher Katelyn McCaughey (Warwick, RI) took the loss.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East Conference play at UMass Boston on Saturday, April 27 (1 p.m.).