April 17, 2014



Providence, R.I.-Senior center fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT) went 4-for-5 with a double, a home run, five RBI and two runs scored on the day to help lead the Rhode Island College softball team to a split of Thursday nightís Little East Conference doubleheader against Western Connecticut at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex.


Rhode Island College (10-20, 4-4 LEC) took the first contest, 7-3, after pounding out 15 hits as a team, before falling to Western Connecticut (24-6-1, 7-2 LEC) in the nightcap, 7-3.


Thursdayís tilts were the final two home games of the season for the Anchorwomen. Maria Darling (Ansonia, CT), Kristina Gingell (Pascoag, RI), Pokora, and Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) were all honored in between contests as part of Senior Day 2014.




After two scoreless frames, the Anchorwomen struck first in game one when freshman left fielder Lindsey Cabral (North Providence, RI) reached on a one-out infield single and later scored on a throwing error to make it, 1-0. After Gingell reached on a single in the bottom of the fifth inning, RIC tacked on two more runs following Pokoraís fourth home run of the season.


Western Connecticut answered back in top of the sixth with a trio of runs to tie the game, 3-3. Senior second baseman Jessica Caturano (Holbrook, NY) drove in Westernís first run of the game with an RBI single to right field, while sophomore catcher Erin Weber (Rocky Hill, CT) followed with a two-run triple that knotted the score at three.


RIC broke the game open in the bottom half of the frame, as the hosts rallied for four runs to take a 7-3 lead over the Colonials. After junior shortstop Katelyn Sykora (Waterford, CT) and freshman second baseman Lauren DiScuillo (East Providence, RI) both managed to score on Gingellís RBI fielderís choice, the Anchorwomen added two more insurance runs following a sacrifice fly from Pokora that plated Cabral and an RBI double from junior third baseman Justina Thoma (Canterbury, CT) that plated Darling.


Sylvestre slammed the door in the top of the seventh to earn the complete game victory (6-7) for the Anchorwomen. She pitched brilliantly for RIC in the opening contest, as the right-hander scattered just three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks, while striking out one. Meanwhile, sophomore pitcher Alle Sabith (Meriden, CT) suffered the loss (12-4) for the Colonials.


RIC jumped out to a hot start in the nightcap, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning for a 3-0 lead over the visitors. Pokora keyed the offense with a two-run double to left field, while sophomore catcher Tori Lussier (North Franklin, CT) added an RBI single to center field to drive in the third run of the frame.


Western Connecticut, however, scattered seven runs over the final five innings of action to pull away with the victory, while the Anchorwomen were held off the scoreboard for the remainder of the contest. The Colonials tallied a single run in the third inning and another in the fourth to make it a one-run game before unloading for two runs in the fifth, two runs in the sixth and one more run in the seventh en route to the four-run victory.


After RICís scoring surge in the first inning, sophomore pitcher Kristen Sliman (Brewster, NY) entered the game in relief of sophomore starting pitcher Emily Cintorino (Bristol, CT) in the second inning and was outstanding for the Colonials. She allowed just four hits and two walks in six shutout innings of work en route to the victory (2-0) and struck out three along the way. On the other end, Cabral was tagged with the loss (2-5) for RIC.


Aside from another stellar outing from Pokora, RICís offense was led by Darling, who went 4-for-7 with a double on the night. Cabral went 3-for-7 with a walk and three runs scored, while Lussier chipped in with a 3-for-6 effort at the plate that included one RBI. Thoma was solid as well, going 3-for-7 with a double, a walk and one RBI. Gingell chipped in with a pair of hits, one RBI and three runs scored.


Junior center fielder Erin Biskup (Poughkeepsie, NY) paced the Colonials with a 3-for-6 night at the dish that included a walk, a double, a stolen base and a run scored. Sliman, Weber and freshman designated player Alexandra LaFemina (East Haddam, CT) all drove in a pair of runs for Western to help spark the offense.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference play at Eastern Connecticut on Saturday, April 19 (2 p.m.).