April 9, 2014



Providence, R.I.-Tufts senior Lauren Giglio (Niskayuna, NY) and junior Allyson Fournier (South Windsor, CT) held Rhode Island College to just four hits as Tufts handed Rhode Island College a pair of shutouts, 6-0 and 1-0, in collegiate softball action played at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex on Wednesday afternoon.


In game one, fourth-ranked Tufts (16-3) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning as junior second baseman Gracie Marshall (Pala Alto, CA) singled to left field, moved over to second on a passed ball and scored on senior third baseman Chrissie Massrey’s (San Juan Capistrano, CA) RBI single.


The visitors tacked on three in the fifth as junior center fielder Michelle Cooprider (Hopkinton, MA) contributed an RBI single, the Jumbos scored on a throwing error and senior catcher Jo Clair (Glastonbury, CT) brought in another with an RBI ground out.


Clair tagged the Anchorwomen (8-14) for two additional runs in the seventh with a one out, two-run double off the right field fence.  



 Senior pitcher Michelle Sylvestre


The six runs were more than enough for Giglio, who allowed just three Anchorwomen hits to go along with 10 strikeouts to pick up her sixth win (6-1) of the year. RIC senior pitcher Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) took the loss (4-5), allowing three runs, only one of which was earned, in 4.2 innings of work.


Clair went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a double, while Cooprider went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI, in the opening tilt.


The nightcap proved to be a pitcher’s duel as Sylvestre and sophomore Katelyn McCaughey (Warwick, RI) squared off with Fournier, one of the top pitchers in the nation.


The game was scoreless until the top of the seventh when senior left fielder Sara Hedtler (Wrentham, MA) reached on a fielder’s choice, later advanced to second on an error and moved over to third on a wild pitch. She then scored on freshman designated player Cassie Ruscz’s (Wolcott, CT) flyout to right field. After RIC sophomore right fielder Abigail Francis (Worcester, MA) made the catch, she fired a strike to the plate and appeared to have Hedtler out by several steps, but an error allowed her cross home plate with the game-winning run.


Fournier closed the door in the seventh to earn her eighth win (8-0) of the season. She allowed just two hits and struck out 16 in the complete game victory. Rusca and Raso each had two hits in the win. RIC senior center fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT) went 2-for-3.


Sylvestre allowed just three hits in four innings, while McCaughey allowed three hits in two innings of work. Senior pitcher Maria Darling (Ansonia, CT) took the loss (1-2).


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play a doubleheader at the University of New England tomorrow afternoon (3 p.m.).