April 5, 2014



Providence, R.I.-Senior center fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT) went 4-for-7 with a run scored, a double and two RBI, but the Rhode Island College softball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader, 3-0, 6-4, to Little East Conference rival Keene State at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex on Saturday afternoon.


Keene State (7-5, 2-0 LEC) got a strong pitching performance from sophomore Mariah Crisp (Greenland, NH) in game one, as she held RIC (8-12, 2-2 LEC) to just three hits in a shutout victory. Crisp struck out Anchorwomen without issuing a walk in the win (4-2).


The game moved along at a brisk pace as Crisp and RIC senior righty Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) kept the offenses at bay. KSC broke through in the top of fifth as sophomore catcher Anna Glassman (East Granby, CT) led off with a double to center field. She moved over to third on a ground out and scored on freshman shortstop Kayla Votto’s (Durham, CT) RBI ground out.



 Senior center fielder Stacy Pokora


The Owls added to their lead an inning later as freshman left fielder Aliza Guerrero (Fairfield, CT) brought in one with an RBI triple to right center field. Junior right fielder Katie Newell (Shoreham, NY) followed with an RBI single to bring in Guerrero.


Sylvestre took the loss (4-4), allowing three runs on seven hits to go along with three strikeouts. Guerrero went 2-for-3 with a run scored, two triples and an RBI.


Freshman pitcher Lindsey Cabral (North Providence, RI) started off game two with a strong effort as RIC built a 2-0 advantage.


In the bottom of the second with runners on second and third and two down, junior shortstop Katelyn Sykora (Waterford, CT) singled through the left side to bring in sophomore left fielder Abigail Francis (Worcester, MA).


In the third, Pokora smacked a one-out double and later scored on senior first baseman Maria Darling’s (Ansonia, CT) RBI ground out.


RIC looked poised to close out the game in the top of the seventh, but the Owls had other plans. KSC got three consecutive singles to start the frame and load the bases. Guerrero came on to pinch hit and singled to left to cut the visitor’s deficit to one run, 2-1. Votto followed with a bases-clearing double to right center to put Keene on top, 4-2. Junior second baseman Sara Bracken (Windham, NH) doubled in a run and sophomore third baseman Morgan Fallon (Reading, MA) pitched in with an RBI single before Darling came on in relief to end the frame.


In the bottom of the seventh, Cabral and Sykora each singled and moved up to second and third on a ground out. With two away, Pokora brought them in with a two-run single, but Crisp, who was summoned from the bullpen earlier in the inning, ended the game after Pokora’s base knock.


KSC freshman pitcher Ashlee McGan (Southampton, MA) earned the win (3-3), allowing three runs on 10 hits and striking out three. Cabral took the loss (2-3). Junior first baseman Rachel Boynton (Concord, NH) went 3-for-3 in the victory.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Tufts on Tuesday, April 8 (4 p.m.).