April 16, 2014



Wellesley, Mass.-The Wellesley College softball team swept a non-conference doubleheader against Rhode Island College on Wednesday afternoon. The Blue took game one against the Anchorwomen, 6-1, while RIC fell in game two, 10-0, in five innings. With the sweep, Wellesley improved to a 20-9 overall record, while RIC's record fell to 9-19 overall.


In game one, Wellesley senior pitcher Lindsay Johnson (Bellingham, WA) improved to 11-6 on the year as she pitched a complete game three-hitter, striking out 10 batters with no walks.


The Blue struck first against RIC pitcher Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI), as freshman catcher Ashtyn Coleman (Scottsdale, AZ) launched a two-run home run into straightaway center field in the bottom of the third inning. RIC responded with a home run for its lone tally of the game in the top of the fifth, courtesy of junior first baseman Justina Thoma (Canterbury, CT).



 Junior third baseman Justina Thoma


In the bottom half of the fifth, Wellesley capitalized on a leadoff double by freshman left fielder Anna Pisac (Snohomish, WA), as Coleman doubled her home just moments later. The Blue tacked on two more runs in the sixth inning as junior shortstop Emilyrose Havrilla (Caldwell, NJ) and junior designated hitter Mariah Philips (Palo Alto, CA) collected RBI for the hosts.


In game two, sophomore pitcher Amber Braun (Jupiter, FL) earned the shutout victory as the Blue jumped on the board early in the contest, thanks to Wellesley junior left fielder Maria LaBouyer's (Yuba City, CA) first home run of the season. Wellesley exploded for a nine-run fourth inning that featured a leadoff double by senior first baseman Jayne Ellis (Mishawaka, IN), an additional hit by Ellis, and singles by four different Wellesley batters. In total, eight different batters reached base in the inning.


Thoma carried RIC offensively with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate that featured her second home run of the season. Senior right fielder Kristina Gingell (Pascoag, RI) added a pair of hits on the day as well. 


Sylvestre was tagged with the loss (5-7) in the first contest for Rhode Island College, while freshman pitcher Lindsey Cabral (North Providence, RI) suffered the loss (2-4) in the nightcap.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East Conference play at home against Western Connecticut on Thursday, April 17 (5 p.m.).