March 29, 2014



Providence, R.I.-Senior outfielders Kristina Gingell (Pascoag, RI) and Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT) combined for nine of Rhode Island College’s 22 hits as the Anchorwomen swept UMass Boston in a Little East Conference doubleheader played at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex on Saturday.


Rhode Island College (5-9, 2-0 LEC) surged past UMass Boston (3-8, 0-2 LEC) in the first game, 8-2, before closing out the afternoon with a 6-5 victory over the Beacons in the nightcap.



 Senior center fielder Stacy Pokora


Senior right-hander Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) went the distance for the Anchorwomen in the first tilt and improved her record to 3-3 on the year. Sylvestre allowed eight hits on two runs in seven strong innings, while striking out two.


Following a pair of scoreless innings, UMB tallied the first run of the game in the top of the third when junior left fielder Kristina Bove (Medford, MA) plated freshman shortstop Kaitlyn Morse (Arlington, MA) with an RBI single to right field.


RIC answered back in the bottom of the third after sophomore pinch runner Shannon Laiho (West Greenwich, RI) scored on a sacrifice fly from junior shortstop Katelyn Sykora (Waterford, CT). Moments later, junior third baseman Justina Thoma (Canterbury, CT) stepped in and belted a three-run home run over the left field fence to make it, 4-1.


After a quiet fourth inning, Bove helped the Beacons cut the deficit to two in the top of the fifth with another RBI single that scored junior right field Lyndsey Capra (Lowell, MA). Yet, the Anchorwomen responded in the bottom half of the frame with a pair of runs, keyed by a two-run homer from Pokora, that put the hosts up by four, 6-2.


Rhode Island College tacked on two more insurance runs to make it, 8-2, in the bottom of the sixth following a sacrifice fly from Pokora and an RBI single from Gingell.


Sophomore right-hander Emily Gray (New Bedford, MA) suffered the loss (1-4) for the Beacons in a complete-game effort.



 Senior right fielder Kristina Gingell


In game two, the Beacons once again drew first blood and jumped out to a 1-0 lead over the Anchorwomen. Senior third baseman Toni Scola (Worcester, MA) singled to left field and plated senior second baseman Erika Vecchiet (Pequannock, NJ) to give the visitors the early advantage.


In the bottom of the third, Gingell sparked the Rhode Island College offense with an RBI double that scored Sykora and tied the game at one. The Anchorwomen kept it rolling throughout the frame, as Pokora doubled to center field and plated both Thoma and Gingell, while senior first baseman Maria Darling (Ansonia, CT) followed with an RBI double of her own that scored Pokora and made it, 4-1.


Thanks to a sacrifice fly from Scola, UMass Boston scored in the top of the fourth to trim the margin to two. Two innings later, freshman designated hitter Gia Raczkowski (Stoneham, MA) blasted a two-run homer over the left-center field fence and tied the game at four. 


However, RIC quickly regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth thanks to an RBI double from Gingell that scored Pokora and made it, 5-4. Sophomore left fielder Katelyn McCaughey (Warwick, RI) drew a bases-loaded walk later in the inning that plated Gingell and gave the hosts a two-run cushion.


UMB cut the deficit to just one in the top of the seventh inning after Morse came around to score on a wild pitch with two outs. With a pair of Beacons in scoring position, freshman right-hander Lindsey Cabral (North Providence, RI) shut the door on the comeback bid and forced Vecchiet into a ground out for the final out of the frame.


Cabral (2-2) earned the win for RIC after she conceded five runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks, while striking out two in the complete game.


Junior right-hander Michelle Zullo (Everett, MA) went the distance for UMass Boston, but was saddled with the loss (2-3).


Gingell went 5-for-8 with four doubles, three RBI, and two runs scored to lead the Anchorwomen offensively, while Pokora went 4-for-5 with a double, a home run, five RBI, four stolen bases and three runs scored.


Cabral had a solid day at the plate as well, as she went 4-for-6 with a stolen base and two runs scored. Sophomore catcher Tori Lussier (North Franklin, CT) finished 3-for-6 with a double and a run scored for RIC.


Bove and Raczkowski each registered a trio of hits to pace the Beacons on offense. 


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Bridgewater State on Tuesday, April 1 (3:30 p.m.).