May 2, 2013



Mansfield, Conn.- Junior shortstop Bekah Jackson (Nashua, NH) drove in runs with a home run and triple and second-seeded Plymouth State University led from start to finish in a 6-4 victory over fifth-seeded Rhode Island College in an opening-day game of the 2013 Little East Conference Softball Tournament Thursday at Eastern Connecticut State University.


By avenging two regular-season losses to Rhode Island College (19-22) and defeating the Anchorwomen in the first round for the second straight season, Plymouth (25-15) advances in the winners’ bracket on Friday (2 p.m.) against the winner of Thursday’s 4:30 p.m. game between third-seeded Western Connecticut and fourth-seeded Keene State. Rhode Island is scheduled to face sixth-seeded UMass Boston in an elimination game tonight (6:30 p.m.).



 Sophomore third baseman Justina Thoma


Five of Plymouth’s 13 hits off two Rhode Island pitchers went for extra bases. In addition to Jackson’s run-producing home run and triple, junior catcher Sam Hebert (Manchester, NH) unloaded a two-run home run in the first to give the Panthers the early two-run lead, and junior first baseman Jackie Digman (Burlington, MA) belted a leadoff home run in the third to make it 3-1. Sophomore center fielder Cynthia Barata (New Fairfield, CT) also opened the fourth inning with a double and raced home on Jackson’s triple. The triple was the 13th of the season for Jackson, who leads NCAA Div. III in that category.


Batting cleanup, Hebert reached safely four times for Plymouth with three hits.


Trailing 5-2, Rhode Island rallied in the sixth against sophomore reliever Whitney Roberts (Chocorua, NH), scoring twice on four hits, with senior second baseman Marisa Jandreau (Plainville, CT) plating one with a single and junior center fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT) driving in the second with a sacrifice fly. Jackson’s  eighth home run leading off the sixth, however, re-stored a two-run lead for Plymouth.


Roberts gained her first save of the year for Plymouth in support of junior starter Nora Galvin (Windham, NH). Galvin carried a 5-1 lead into the fifth but leadoff singles by Pokora and  sophomore third baseman Justina Thoma (Canterbury, CT) chased Galvin.


Thoma collected four of Rhode Island’s hits, with senior first baseman Jessica Borden (Lincoln, RI) registering three. The Anchorwomen stranded 12 batters, two or more in four innings. Senior pitcher Emily Johnson (West Kingston, RI) took the loss (8-6).