May 3, 2013



Mansfield, Conn.-Junior center fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, two RBI, a double and a home run as fifth-seeded Rhode Island eliminated second-seeded Plymouth State, 9-1 (5 innings) in game seven of the 2013 Little East Conference Softball Tournament, hosted by Eastern Connecticut on Friday afternoon.


The Anchorwomen (21-22) are one of three teams remaining at the championships and will face top seed and tournament host Eastern Connecticut tomorrow afternoon (noon) in an elimination game.


Junior pitcher Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) earned the win (5-6), allowing just one run on five hits. Sophomore shortstop Katelyn Sykora (Waterford, CT) and freshman left fielder Abigail Francis (Worcester, MA) each knocked in two runs on the day.


The Panthers (25-17) saddled RIC with a 6-4 loss in game two yesterday afternoon. 


 Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning, Rhode Island College received two clutch hits from a pair of underclassmen to crack the scoring column.  Francis laced a bases-loaded double to the base of the left field fence to drive in a pair of runs.  After a hit batter to reload the bases, Sykora singled up the middle to extend the Anchorwomen’s advantage to 4-1.


 Sylvestre was able to protect the Anchorwomen’s lead in the third by working out of a two-out jam. Sylvestre retired eight of her final 10 batters, including setting the Panthers down in order in the fifth to earn her second victory of the championship tournament.


 Rhode Island College broke the game wide-open in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring three runs on three hits.  Pokora provided the spark with a two-run homer over the center field fence.  The Anchorwomen capitalized on a Plymouth State defensive miscue to reach the eight-run rule and advance to the consolation championship game.


 Panther freshman Whitney Roberts allowed four runs on three hits in just one inning and two thirds to earn the loss. Ali Keith, Nora Galvin and Vanessa Przybylo each appeared in the pitching circle for the visitors.