April 2, 2014



Providence, R.I.-Freshman right-hander Lauren DiScuillo (East Providence, RI) and senior right-hander Maria Darling (Ansonia, CT) each fired complete games in the pitching circle for the Rhode Island College softball team, leading the Anchorwomen to a sweep of Worcester State in a non-conference doubleheader played at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex on Wednesday afternoon.


Rhode Island College (7-9) cruised past Worcester State (2-7) in the first contest, 10-1 (five innings), before topping the Lancers, 2-1, in the nightcap.


Worcester State took an early 1-0 lead in game one following an RBI single from sophomore shortstop Hayley Terry (North Dighton, MA), but was unable to solve DiScuillo for the remainder of the contest. Meanwhile, the Anchorwomen quickly knotted the game, 1-1, in the bottom half of the first following an RBI single from junior third baseman Justina Thoma (Canterbury, CT) that scored DiScuillo. After a quiet second inning, Rhode Island College added two more runs on an RBI double from Thoma to take a 3-1 lead over the Lancers in the bottom of the third. 



 Senior Pitcher Maria Darling


Leading by two, the Anchorwomen exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the fourth to pull away from the visiting Lancers. Sophomore catcher Tori Lussier (North Franklin, CT) highlighted the scoring onslaught with a two-run double midway through the frame, while senior center fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT), junior shortstop Katelyn Sykora (Waterford, CT) and freshman left fielder Sarah Molin (Seymour, CT) all chipped in with RBI singles along the way.


With her team on top by nine, DiScuillo quickly shut down Worcester State in the top of the fifth to close out the ballgame. DiScuillo (1-2) hurled a five-inning complete game and added a pair of strikeouts along the way, while scattering just one run on three hits.


Sophomore right-hander Marissa Avanzato (Pittsfield, MA) was dealt the loss (0-2) for WSU.


Thanks to an RBI single from sophomore pitcher Meaghan Rich (Chelmsford, MA), the Lancers scratched the first run of the game in the nightcap to take a 1-0 lead, but once again were unable to muster any offense for the remainder of the contest.


Despite Rich’s best efforts in the pitching circle, the Anchorwomen tallied a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning and never looked back en route to the, 2-1, victory. Freshman third baseman Lindsey Cabral (North Providence, RI) scored the tying run on an RBI single from Pokora, while Pokora eventually came around to score the go-ahead run following a costly Worcester State error.



 Freshman pitcher Lauren DiScuillo


Darling (1-1) picked up the complete-game victory for RIC, conceding just one run on eight hits, while striking out four along the way.


Rich was tagged with the loss (0-3) on other end, despite surrendering just one earned run on five hits.


Pokora went 3-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored to lead the Anchorwomen offensively, while Thoma went 2-for-6 with a double and three RBI. Senior right fielder Kristina Gingell (Pascoag, RI) added a trio of hits, including a double, to go along with a run scored. Sykora and Cabral also chipped in with a pair of hits each.


Terry went 3-for-5 with two RBI to pace the Lancers on the day, while freshman catcher Courtney Salisbury (Cranston, RI) went 3-for-7 with two runs scored.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Bridgewater State tomorrow afternoon (4 p.m.).