May 2, 2013



Mansfield, Conn.-Fifth-seeded Rhode Island College scored the only two runs of the game in the bottom of the fifth in to survive an elimination game and advance in the 2013 Little East Conference Softball Tournament by defeating sixth-seeded UMass Boston on Thursday evening at the Eastern Connecticut State University softball field.


After dropping a 6-4 decision in its first-round game to second-seeded Plymouth State University earlier in the day, Rhode Island (20-22) remained alive with the win over UMass Boston (15-27), which had lost a 5-1 decision earlier Thursday to top-seeded Eastern Connecticut.


Rhode Island was limited to one hit through the first three innings by UMass Boston freshman Emily Gray (New Bedford, MA), but got two-out singles in the fourth, then broke through in the fifth on an RBI single by senior No. 3 hitter Marisa Jandreau (Plainville, CT) and a run-scoring ground ball by junior cleanup hitter Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT).



 Senior second baseman Marisa Jandreau


Junior Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) shut out UMass Boston for the second time in five days her only two shutouts of the year -- giving up only six hits and no walks and striking out two. Sylvestre never gave up more than one hit or allowed more than one baserunner until the sixth, when the Beacons got a leadoff single by senior second baseman Sue Killilea (Abington, MA) on the first pitch of the frame and a two-out single by senior cleanup hitter Kelsey Souza (Braintree, MA). Sylvestre got a hard line drive to senior Emily Johnson (West Kingston, RI) at first to end the threat.


Six hitters had one hit each for the Anchorwomen, while Killilea and No. 8 hitter Kelsey Svenson (Oxford, CT) each had two hits for UMass.